There are a number of noteworthy nominations from the federal political parties to mention.
First, in Winnipeg South Centre, the Conservative nomination played out Thursday and the win goes to Air Canada pilot Raymond Hall.
Hall, also a Winnipeg lawyer, defeated downtown developer and advocate Hart Mallin.
It was a bit of a surprise to some I spoke with, who felt Mallin had the advantage because he was the better known of the two. In fact one Conservative said they’d never even heard of Hall before the race.
The Conservatives in Manitoba would like nothing better than to finally win Winnipeg South Centre, which has been a Liberal stronghold for three decades now.
Hall will face off against longtime Liberal MP Anita Neville.
The Liberals meanwhile have acclaimed Raymond Simard to carry the party banner again in Saint Boniface. Simard was the MP for the riding from 2002 until he was defeated in 2008 by Conservative Shelly Glover.
Finally, the Liberals have scored a pretty big name to run for them in Churchill: Sydney Garrioch, the grand chief of the Manitoba Keewatinook Ininew Okimowin (the northern chiefs association).
In a riding with the largest native population of any riding in Canada, running an aboriginal candidate with the experience and name recognition of Sydney Garrioch has to make the Liberals pretty happy.
They lost the seat in 2008 to NDP Niki Ashton.
Garrioch hasn’t been nominated yet, however, He’s currently the only declared candidate and the nomination will take place July 18.