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Lessons from B.C. and Ontario
The Manitoba NDP has spent the last few months attacking Conservative Leader Hugh McFadyen in TV ads, portraying him as a slash-and-burner who learned at the knee of former premier Gary Filmon.
McFadyen was Filmon's chief of staff.
McFadyen has responded with his own TV ads and has distanced himself from the Filmon years.
Both camps have more TV ads in the can that we’ll start seeing in the next few days as we march toward the Oct. 4 vote.
Out of curiosity, I searched out what other political parties are saying and doing in provinces that have fall elections.
Ontario Oct. 6
Here’s what the McGuinty Liberals are saying: Fight Conservative Cuts.
Here’s how the Conservatives are responding: Get The Truth.
And here’s the NDP’s website: Putting You First.
NewFoundland and Labrador Oct. 11
Here’s what the Tories are saying: 2011 Dunderdale
The Liberals have a new leader and are just getting going, as is the NDP.
Prince Edward Island Oct 3.
Here’s what the Ghiz government is saying: Moving Forward
Here’s what the PCs are doing: Taking A Stand
The NDP’s website has not been updated.
Saskatchewan Nov. 7
Here’s what the Wall government is doing: Saskatchewan Advantage
Here’s what the NDP is saying: It’s Your Boom Too
The Saskatchewan Liberals website has not been updated.
Now, from what I can gather, compared with the rest, the campaign in Manitoba looks like it will be a lot noisier than the others, the exception being Ontario.
I know it’s not scientific by any means, but it appears to me it’s noisier here because things are so close between Premier Greg Selinger’s NDP and McFadyen’s PCs. It’ll be a dogfight down to the last minute. Jon Gerrard’s Liberals are predicted to finish a distant third.
In Ontario, things are even closer. Pundits say it’s so close between Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals and Tim Hudak’s PCs that the outcome is up for grabs.
As a reporter, I sure hope it’s a slugfest here. No offense to the other provinces, but covering the fall elections in Newfoundland, PEI and Saskabush look to be real snoozers.
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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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