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Change won’t come overnight
The main page of the Manitoba Progressive Conservative Party’s website contains a big thank you to all those who supported the party on Oct. 4.
And there were quite a few Manitobans who did – more than 44 per cent of those who cast ballots voted Conservative. (Despite that high percentage, the Tories only won 19 or 57 seats.)
But when visiting the Tory website, your eyes can’t help but lock in to the upper right hand corner. There sits a newly updated ‘Countdown to Change’ clock (there was also one earlier, gleefully counting down the days to Oct. 4). As this is being written, the clock sits at 1,453 days, 3 hours, 51 minutes and 45 seconds.
The setting of this new clock – an exercise in hope or self-torture, I’m not sure which -- is ticking down towards the date of the next election in October 2015 – a very long time away.
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About Larry Kusch and Bruce Owen
Larry Kusch has been a journalist for 30 years, the last 20 with the Winnipeg Free Press. His is one of the newspaper's two legislative bureau reporters.
Raised on a Saskatchewan farm, he received an honours journalism degree from Carleton University in 1975.
At the Free Press, Larry has also worked as a general assignment reporter, business reporter, copy editor and assistant city editor.
Bruce Owen joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1990 after four years working in other media.
He's worked in a number of positions at the Freep, including pet columnist, assistant city editor and police reporter. Right now he takes up space at the Manitoba legislature.
Bruce is one of five reporters who won a National Newspaper Award for the paper’s coverage of the 1997 Flood of the Century. He's also the recipient of the 1996 Volunteer Centre of Winnipeg Media Golden Hand Award and the 1995 Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Media Commendation Award.
In a past life Bruce worked at YMCA-YWCA Camp Stephens. He has a blog where he and others write about camp and the people who worked and played there.
You can also find Bruce on Twitter where he posts and retweets all sorts of stuff.
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