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Greg Selinger's NDP has governed Manitoba since 1999, and an analyst says the party is showing fatigue.

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Premier Greg Selinger's popularity continues to lag, according to an Angus Reid Global poll, coming in at a 28 per cent approval rating. Here are some of the comments.

 

I want names. Who are the 28%?

-- ITGeek57

 

"Selinger's popularity not exactly soaring"

In other headlines:

Past winter not exactly pleasant

Frozen water pipes not exactly fun

Winnipeg Jets not exactly playoff-bound

-- Maudoug

 

Just based on all of those numbers for all of our premiers, none of them should be smiling. If anything, it just indicates how difficult it is to get this country/province to perform to a higher economic level. Also, the more the federal government offloads to the provinces financially, the more difficult it will become.

-- 22080928

 

How much longer do the NDP keep him around? The probability of a win by Greg in 2016 is not great. Usually, new blood can help with that, or at least reduce the damage a little. Also new blood needs to get ready for 2021. It's time Greg passed the torch and salvages what can be salvaged.

-- dontuluvthendp

 

The $peNDP have a major problem. Name a single current member of the NDP that ANYONE in the province of Manitoba would vote for. Struthers, Irwin-Ross, Selby, Oswald, Swan, Robinson, Rondeau, Ashtons (Steve or Niki)?

They'll need at least a decade for Manitobans to forget how bad they all were, tire of the austerity any new government is going to have to put Manitobans through to re-establish our fiscal situation, and be ready for another dip in the pig slop.

-- keener1

 

keener1's comment about the alleged necessity of austerity shows exactly why the Tories should not be elected.

The economic recovery in Manitoba and Canada is slow. Prematurely slashing of health and education spending to fill the prescription of right-wing ideologues would be, according to many economists, exactly the wrong thing to do and could cause the recovery to stall.

The deficit is slowly shrinking. That is the correct path.

-- Spence Furby

 

Soon apologists for the NDP are going to say (borrowing a line from Sarah Palin):

"... Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers ..."

-- Stu Danatch

 

The Free Press is getting a little tiresome with its one-sided reporting. Look at the nut bars you have posting. Is this someone you want to appeal to ?

Not a newspaper's job to try and ram a couple of owners' and editor's agendas down the throats of subscribers. Try and at least be fair if not informative. I live in River Heights and ALWAYS vote Liberal btw.

-- 23589262

 

No surprise here. Manitobans are waking up to the fact the NDP's last two leaders are "mistruth tellers." Teflon Gary got out of town just in time before his record was questioned, did he achieve anything he promised? We do remember these promises:

NO to Devils lake water flowing into Lake Winnipeg.

YES to a provincial beef abatoir.

YES to the Kyoto accord

And the baldest faced "mistruth teller" Mr. Selinger:

NO to any PST increase. Now that takes the cake, and beats any of Gary's empty promises.

-- 23703667

 

You're giving him a bad rap. He has dedicated his life to helping Manitoba make it through the recession, the flood, the lack of federal funding, the Conservatives constantly striking at the underbelly of Manitoba's infrastructure, with unsubstantiated political rhetoric. He needs to be seen more. He needs to be heard more. I'm not sure where his PR people are but they are failing badly. In this case, silence is not golden!

-- 23608572

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 6, 2014 A12

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