On April 11, Brian Pallister announced his candidacy for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba, a position vacated by Hugh McFayden after the party’s disappointing fall election showing.
Five days later he was in Steinbach for a meet and greet that drew a surprising hundred and forty supporters at the Mennonite Heritage Museum. Pallister says he was pleasantly surprised with the local support at the impromptu meet and greet.
“We didn’t expect to see so many people out,” stated Pallister. “I heard a lot of frustration – a lot of people were naturally frustrated at the end of the last election but now their frustrations have moved away from disappointment to actually fighting for the changes they want.”
Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen is the first member within the southeast region to throw his support towards Pallister.
“Brian brings a lot of very good attributes to the position of leadership,” says Goertzen. “Number one, his experience; I think anyone who meets Brian will tell you he speaks passionately about the issues – that is important.”
Pallister is confident voters are moving quickly towards wanting a significant change in government, especially after the recent provincial budget release.
“I am about building our province up and my aim is to build a stronger safer Manitoba where young people do not have to leave to be successful,” Pallister says. “When our government misses the point about keeping taxes low, encouraging small business, encouraging farmers, it isn’t exemplary and it should be.”
Pallister will be back in the region May 14 to meeting with party supporters. He will be in Sprague at Noon, Vita in 3 PM and in Grunthal at the New Horizons at 6:30 PM. Exact locations for the Sprague and Vita meetings are still pending.
“The smart thing to do would be to work with me and we will rebuild the provincial Progressive Conservative party,” Pallister concluded. “Let’s be the leaders in encouraging others to offer help to others.”
Pallister is a former high school teacher, businessman and a former provincial cabinet member. Currently, he resides in Winnipeg with his wife and two daughters.
Five days after announcing his bid of provincial PC Leadership, Brian Pallister was in Steinbach at the Mennonite Heritage Museum greeting supporters.