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There was a time not that long where the NDP was worried about two things: Bipole III and no one knew who the heck Greg Selinger was.
There was a time when everything Selinger did was compared to Gary What’s-His-Name.
Amazing what a week makes.
Amazing what a natural disaster does.
Bipole III has disappeared from the radar and pretty near everyone in the province, at least those close to water and those who pay attention, know who Selinger is.
How will Selinger’s new-found fame translate election day Oct. 4 election day?
I tweeted that question last week, and the reply I got from @Cshifty: "Rural seats already blue, depends on what the city feels. Still 5 months away, may not have impact on City vote," kind of sums it up.
It means that the areas being flooded are currently held by Hugh McFadyen’s Progressive Conservatives, Portage la Prairie, Lakeside, Arthur-Virden and the new ridings of Riding Mountain, Spruce Woods. I don’t think I’m going too far out on a limb by saying these will stay PC flood or not.
It also means Winnipeggers, particularly those in south Winnipeg, are more worried about cutting the grass and cleaning up the barbeque than whatever is going on somewhere out there beyond the Perimeter Highway.
Where there could be a problem for the NDP is in Brandon East, held by Drew Caldwell. If folks there think the government could have done a better job or protecting homes, businesses and roads along low parts of the Assiniboine River, Caldwell could get the heave-ho.
But if they think that, they must also think that Caldwell, Selinger and the rest of the NDP could’ve done a better job of controlling all the rain and snow that’s fell on us in the past year, and controlling all the rural drainage projects that’ve taken place across the prairies and into the northern U.S. over the past 300 years.
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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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