Tag Archives: Tory

June 2016 – Celebrating 20 years of Publishing!

may 2016

Managing Editor: Dan Guetre

News Writers: Marianne Curtis and Dan Guetre

Columnists: Lee Guetre, Peter Friesen, Anni Markmann, Peter Martins

Production and design: Dan Guetre, Myriam Dyck, and Monica Guetre

Advertising: Karen Jorgenson and Dan Guetre

CONTACT

Dan Guetre: Editor, publisher, owner

editor@dawsontrail.ca

***

Marianne Curtis: journalist 

mariannecurtis@dawsontrail.ca

***

Karen Jorgenson, Sales 

sales@dawsontrail.ca

Advertisements

Comments Off on June 2016 – Celebrating 20 years of Publishing!

Filed under Business, Entertainment, Events, News, Opinions, Sports

Smook gets Tory nod in La Verendrye

 

Progressive Conservative leader Hugh McFayden is confident that Dennis Smook will be the next MLA for La Verendrye.

By Marianne Curtis

   After beating out four other hopefuls, a Vita man will be the first Tory representative in the newly redesigned constituency of La Verendrye.

  Dennis Smook, a longtime resident and businessman from Vita was officially named the Progressive Conservative party candidate. His name will appear on the ballot in the next provincial election which will take place in October 2011.

   Smook was named as the official candidate for the Progressive Conservatives after a three day voting process that brought supports to Vita, Sart and Whitemouth. He was one of five candidates that put their names forward for the PCs in La Verendrye including Grant Driedger, Glenn Malkoske, Amos Wiebe, and Douglas Wiens.

   “It feels great to have the support from residents in the southeast,” Smook says of his nomination. “People are happy to have a representative that knows the area and is out to work for everyone in the constituency.”

   While campaigning, he admits that he was surprised that main issue on the streets was not health care, education or finances.

   “There were a number of issues raised including farming and logging,” he adds. “But the number one issue was cell phone and access to high speed internet.”   

   Progressive Conservative leader Hugh McFadyen personally congratulated the newly named candidate.

   “The response was overwhelmingly positive,” McFadyen stated. “There was high level of energy and enthusiasm throughout the week, and when it was all said and done, our members nominated a terrific candidate in Dennis Smook.”

   McFayden is optimistic that his government will be at the helm of the province by the end of the next year.

    “I’m very optimistic about our Party and the future of our great province but good things don’t just happen by accident,” McFayden added. “We need a deliberate effort to change the direction of government and I’m confident positive change is coming.”      

  During this nomination race the Progressive Conservatives attracted 1,400 new members in La Verendrye. It is expected that this large membership base will help ensure that Smook becomes the first MLA for this new provincial riding on October 4, 2011.

Comments Off on Smook gets Tory nod in La Verendrye

Filed under News

Fifth Tory prospect seeks nod in La Verendrye

By Marianne Curtis

   When Tory supporters attend a nomination meeting later in September they will have an array of candidates to choose from as they select the first representative of the newly reshaped constituency of La Verendrye.

   Grant Driedger is the fifth candidate. The 32-year-old lawyer grew up on a dairy farm near Grunthal. He still lives in Grunthal with his wife, Allison, and son, Liam, and he practices law with the firm of Smith Neufeld Jodoin in Steinbach.

   “I believe that becoming an MLA is an opportunity to have a positive impact, both locally and across the province,” stated Driedger. “Relative to the other candidates, I believe I have a good blend of agricultural background, professional training and experience, and (relatively speaking) youth.”

   He believes that the biggest challenge the new Progressive Conservative representative in La Verendrye will face is geography and demographics.

   “It covers a very large area, with a variety of communities that have different demographics and different needs,” explained Driedger. For example, the median age in the RMs of La Broquerie and Hanover is in the 27-28 range, while in municipalities like Whitemouth, Piney and Stuartburn it is in the 42-45 range.

   “Those spreads give rise to different types of needs in the different communities, which coupled with the large geographical distance, means the riding will be one that requires a lot of energy to cover,” Driedger continued. “It’s also a riding that takes in a lot of different economic factors too, with a strong agricultural component, some logging and forestry, and tourism in places like Buffalo Point and the Whiteshell. So it’s a very interesting blend with a lot of opportunities and challenges.”

   Driedger has his work cut out for him at three upcoming meetings when PC supporters will finally vote for the one whose name will appear on next year’s provincial election ballot. Twenty-three year old Amos Wiebe from Grunthal; Dennis Smook from Vita; Doug Wiens from Grunthal and Glenn Malkoske from Whitemouth  are the other four candidates.

   There will be three opportunities for PC supporters to vote for their future representative. Nomination meetings are scheduled to take place September 20 in Vita, September 21 in Whitemouth and September 22 in Sarto. There will be a new voting system in place where voters will rank the candidates in order of preference, and as the bottom candidates drop off, those ballots are reassigned based upon the next ranked preferences on each ballot, until eventually one candidate gets 50 percent of the support.

   The new constituency of La Verendrye is one of the largest and most geographically diverse ridings in the province. It stretches from Pointe du Bois in the north to the Canada-U.S. border in the south and takes in Anola, Whitemouth, Falcon Lake, La Broquerie, Grunthal, Vita and Piney among other communities.

Comments Off on Fifth Tory prospect seeks nod in La Verendrye

Filed under News

Tory candidates line up in La Verendrye

By Marianne Curtis

   When it comes to selecting the official Tory candidate in the newly recreated constituency of La Verendrye, Progressive Conservative supporters have several candidates to chose from.

   At the beginning of June, two more candidates announced that they are seeking the nomination to become the first legislative member for the redesigned constituency.

   Twenty-three year old Amos Wiebe from Grunthal and Dennis Smook from Vita are both vying for the chance to be the first PC candidate to run in the next provincial election.

   Wiebe is looking forward to hearing the concerns of residents in the riding as the next provincial election draws closer. He feels that over the past decade there has been a growing general apathy towards the concerns of rural Manitobans on the part of the NDP government. He says it is this growing apathy which has spurred him to run to represent this new riding.

   “I believe that consultation on farming and conservation policies are important, but we have seen very little of that from the NDP. These are the policies and laws which affect rural Manitobans the most, yet they get very little say in them,” added Wiebe. “While the riding may only contain about 20,000 people, the issues and concerns of the communities in it will vary significantly.”

   Smook, who is a longtime community organizer and Vita businessman announced his intent to seek nomination the next day. 

   “My business interests and community work have provided me with the opportunity to meet many people who have the ideas, energy and commitment to strengthen our communities.” said Smook in making the announcement. “I look forward to working with people in all communities to untap our collective potential.

   Former Emerson MLA Jack Penner publicly endorses Smook.

   “I have know Dennis for over twenty years and with his business background and community commitment, he certainly has what it takes to be a great MLA. He knows the whole Laverendrye Constituency.”

   The new constituency of La Verendrye is one of the largest and most geographically diverse ridings in the province. It stretches from Pointe du Bois in the north, to the Canada-U.S. border in the south and takes in Anola, Whitemouth, Falcon Lake, La Broquerie, Grunthal, Vita and Piney among other communities.

   Doug Wiens from Grunthal and Glenn Malkoske from Whitemouth announced their intent to seek nomination last month.

Comments Off on Tory candidates line up in La Verendrye

Filed under News