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NDP's delay in calling byelection disrespectful, Pallister says

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'We’re getting to the point of ridiculous,' PC leader Brian Pallister says.

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'We’re getting to the point of ridiculous,' PC leader Brian Pallister says.

Opposition Leader Brian Pallister condemned the Selinger government today for what he described as an unreasonable delay in calling a byelection for Morris.

The seat has been vacant since Feb. 12, when PC MLA Mavis Taillieu resigned.

Pallister said there’s no valid reason why Premier Greg Selinger could not have called a byelection sooner.

"This one serves as a classic example of disrespect for Manitobans," Pallister said.

The latest a byelection can be called is towards the end of the year, meaning voters in Morris would go to the polls in late January.

Should PC MLA Larry Maguire win his bid to be elected to Parliament in the Nov. 25 federal byelection in Brandon-Souris, a second provincial byelection could be held at the same time as Morris to fill Maguire’s vacant seat of Arthur-Virden.

Pallister said the NDP held off calling a byelection for Morris for as long as they have so that they could continue on the "ribbon-cutting tour" selling the recent PST increase.

Election laws prohibit a sitting government from making spending announcements during a campaign period.

Pallister also said the delay in calling the byelection in Morris is the longest time in the past 21 years for a provincial byelection to be called.

"We’re getting to the point of ridiculous," he said. "If I freeze my toes out there on the campaign trail, I’m going to be holding the premier to account on it."

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Updated on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:03 PM CDT: Fixes typo in spelling of PC MLA Larry Maguire's name.

12:57 PM: corrects typo.

6:20 PM: Corrects typo in headline.

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