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Selinger not so popular

IF it is just a popularity contest, then Greg Selinger has work to do.

The Manitoba premier is among the least popular premiers in Canada, a new poll from Angus Reid Global suggested on Wednesday.

In a December 2013 online survey among 6,580 randomly selected Canadians who are Angus Reid Forum panelists, the group found Selinger holds a 28 per cent approval rating -- second-worst among the nine Canadian premiers on the ballot.

Responding to the question: "Do you approve or disapprove of the performance of the following premiers?" a total of 62 per cent of people disapproved of the work Selinger has done, with 10 per cent not sure.

Selinger's approval number actually climbed two percentage points from the last poll in September 2013. According to Angus Reid, only Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale held a lower approval rating at 24 per cent.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall leads the poll with 66 per cent approval, followed by Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil (57 per cent) and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark (42 per cent).

Rounding out the list is Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne (35 per cent), Quebec Premier Pauline Marois (32 per cent) and both Alberta Premier Alison Redford and New Brunswick Premier David Alward (31 per cent).

 

AFM nixes role in casinos

THE Addictions Foundation of Manitoba will no longer provide information about gambling odds at Winnipeg's two casinos.

Chief executive officer Yvonne Block says the Crown agency is ending its role because it wants to focus resources on addictions programs and other core services.

The Responsible Gaming Information Centres run six days a week at casinos and explain the odds in gambling and the so-called house advantage.

The centres also refer people who are worried about their gambling to support agencies.

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries is looking for another agency to run the centres.

 

Weather diverts flights

FOUR Winnipeg-bound flights diverted to Brandon Municipal Airport made it to the Manitoba capital Wednesday afternoon.

The flights were diverted earlier Wednesday due to the stormy weather.

Two other flights ended up in Thunder Bay after fierce winds and blowing snow made landings too risky earlier in the day at Richardson International Airport.

Another was diverted to Regina. All were expected to make it to Winnipeg later Wednesday.

Neil Young, meanwhile, was spotted arriving in Winnipeg Wednesday on his tour bus, according to Twitter reports.

The iconic rocker will perform at the Centennial Concert Hall Thursday as part of his Honour the Treaties anti-oilsands tour.

 

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 16, 2014 A5

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