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Manitoba Progressive Conservative Party Leader Brian Pallister

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Manitoba Progressive Conservative Party Leader Brian Pallister

Tory Leader Brian Pallister pleaded with Premier Greg Selinger today to admonish NDP Interlake MLA Tom Nevakshonoff for comments he made about Pallister’s wife in a rural newspaper article.

Pallister said by Nevakshonoff mentioning his wife Esther to a reporter it crossed the line in fair political debate.

"Attack me all you want. Don’t bring my wife into it," Pallister said. "Don’t try to use my family as prop in your argument."

Pallister said the April 9 Interlake Enterprise article comes as potential candidates are weighing running in the next election, and could get them to second-guess their decision if they fear their family members could become political targets.

Selinger said he would look into the matter when questioned about by Pallister in the House during Question Period.

Selinger also told Pallister that he also crossed the line, and refused to apologize, when he penned a letter to the editor implying an unspecified NDP MLA used their political position to jump to the front of the line to get medical treatment for their mother.

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Updated on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 4:06 PM CDT: Corrects typo in headline.

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