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Concordia byelection set for March 2

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WINNIPEG - Voters in Concordia will go to the polls March 2 to replace former premier Gary Doer.

The date was announced today by Premier Greg Selinger.

The constituency's seat has been vacant since October, when Doer became Canada’s ambassador to the United States.

Nominations in the constituency will officially close Feb. 16, and advance polls will be open from Feb. 20 to 27. On voting day, polls will remain open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Matthew Wiebe, Doer’s former constituency executive assistant, was chosen as the NDP candidate in November. Social worker Judi Heppner will carry the Liberal banner.  The Progressive Conservatives have yet to select a candidate

There are currently 35 New Democrats, 19 Progressive Conservatives, two Liberals and one vacant seat in the Manitoba legislature.

The winner in Concordia should be in the legislature when MLAs resume sitting at the end of March.

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Updated on Friday, January 29, 2010 at 4:44 PM CST: Corrects typo.

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