-- Source: Elections Manitoba party finance filings, 2012-2013
* Liberal figures include data only from 2012. The party has yet to file its list of donors for 2013.
RIDINGS READY TO NOMINATE
We're still two years out from the next provincial election but already three Progressive Conservative riding associations have met the fundraising and volunteer recruitment criteria set out by the party and are ready to hold nomination meetings. They're slated for early June. Here's the rundown.
Real estate agent Regan Archambault plans to seek the nomination in Rossmere, a riding the NDP won easily in 2011 by 2,000 votes. But it was also held by former federal and provincial cabinet minister Vic Toews when he was a cabinet minister in Gary Filmon's Tory government in the late 1990s.
Though Pallister says he wants to see contested nominations in all non-held ridings, so far Rossmere appears to be a one-horse race.
Rochelle Squires, a former journalist who now works for St. Boniface MP Shelly Glover, will seek the nomination again. Squires lost to Riel MLA Christine Melnick in 2011. Melnick's recent ouster from the NDP caucus could make Riel a fascinating riding in 2016. Melnick is still a member of the party, and could seek the NDP nomination again. It's not yet clear what the party will do if she does.
Squires is not likely to be acclaimed as the PC candidate. Nancy Cooke, who ran for school board trustee in 2011, is expected to seek the party's nomination as well.
Winnipeg Beach resident Jeff Wharton says he's making a bid to be the PC candidate again. He's the former owner of Globe Moving and Storage, and still consults for the company he sold in 2010. Gimli is in the top-ten closest NDP-held ridings. Housing Minister Peter Bjornson won the riding by 800 votes last election.