Here’s how I know:
- Premier Greg Selinger is more in-your-face than Maria Aragon. He has made seven announcements this week, including one about a literacy award this afternoon.
Not the winner of the award, just the fact that a literacy award exists.
He’s been all over – Selkirk, Brandon, Washington...All you other poor cabinet ministers might as well use the next few months to catch up on paperwork. No more press conferences for you.
- I might be crazy, but I’ve seen some old provincial government economic action plan TV ads running again. It’s like they had a few going bad in the fridge and wanted to use them up before the next budget.
- Manitoba Hydro has just launched their own ads that essentially do the government’s dirty work on Bipole 3. It’s a fairly major campaign, with jazzy blue billboards and prime-time TV spots (voiced, I believe, by the gentle and convincing Irish lilt of Winnipeg actor Brian Richardson).
They say Bipole 3 is needed for reliability and makes good environmental sense. They’re meant to counter the slow-burn the Tories have been trying to fan on the Bipole, saying it’s a huge waste of money to put it down the west side of the province instead of the east, where the boreal forest grows. The ads kind of make it sound like the west side route was Hydro’s idea all along, which it wasn’t.
I was trying to figure out when the ban on government ads start, and I think it’s still a month before the Oct. 4 vote, just as it was before we went to a set election date.
So, settle in.