Will he or won’t he?
We are still waiting to hear if St. Vital city Coun. Gord Steeves will pull the trigger and run against Health Minister Theresa Oswald in Seine River constituency this fall — or maybe take on Nancy Allan (St. Vital) instead.
The rumours continue to swirl.
This week during Question Period, a time when MLAs often spend more time heckling than actually listening to questions and answers, Steeves’ name popped up.
You won’t find it if you check Hansard. But there was Ron Schuler, the Tory member for Springfield, calling out Steeves’ name as he tried to throw Oswald off track. The health minister was answering a question about whether pediatric specialists were fleeing Manitoba.
"Paging Gord Steeves," Schuler taunted several times as she answered her question.
Odd thing to say if he won’t be running provincially. But then maybe when you’re trying to throw someone off their game you’ll say anything that you think will work.
Later in the hallway, I asked Conservative Leader Hugh McFadyen if he’s in fact paged Gord Steeves.
McFadyen laughed and replied: "I can say quite honestly that I’ve never paged Gord Steeves."
"Have you asked him to be on your team and run against Theresa Oswald?" I persisted.
McFadyen paused for a second. Then he said: "We’ve got a nomination process in place and it’s too soon to speculate about what might or might not happen."
"There seems to be a draft (Steeves) movement within the caucus," I joked.
"He’s a popular city councillor, but I can’t say any more about what might or might not happen."
The Conservatives have yet to announce a nomination meeting for Seine River.