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Way clear for Morris byelection?

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NOW that the threat of a major flood appears to be over, is it time for a provincial byelection to be called in Morris?

That question was on the minds of some Friday as the province again downgraded the risk of widespread flooding in the Red River Valley.

The seat for Morris has been empty since former Progressive MLA Mavis Taillieu resigned in February.

Premier Greg Selinger said Friday he resisted calling a byelection because until late this week, the province was concerned about major flooding on the Red River this spring.

"Our priority right now is continuing to mobilize our resources around the flood and the (legislative) session," he said. "There are no immediate plans."

The earliest a byelection could be called now is in the fall.

Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister said Friday Selinger could have called a byelection weeks ago.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 4, 2013 A7

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