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‘Paging Gord Steeves'

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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.

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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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