The two nominees vying to fill the vacant seat for Morris in the provincial legislature are eager to start their official campaigns and are urging the governing NDP to start the race with a byelection call.
Jeremy Barber, Liberal candidate, along with party leader Jon Gerrard, would like to see the byelection held as soon as next month.
"The seat was vacated in February," said Progressive Conservative candidate Shannon Martin, adding that’s well over the average 90-day period for calling a provincial by-election in Manitoba.
He said the NDP government first used the risk of spring flooding as an excuse for postponing the call, then they continued delaying because of farmers’ spring seeding, summer vacationers, and, possibly in the fall months, because of harvesting.
"Is there ever a great time to call a byelection?" he asked.
He and Barber are requesting a province-wide referendum on the provincial sales tax increase, even as it’s being implemented as of July 1.
"The citizens of Morris deserve representation in these discussions," said Barber, "and in response to other issues which include the amalgamation of municipalities and the continuing need for long-term solutions to flood control."
He added that the summer is an ideal time to campaign while attending the many seasonal events taking place within the constituency.
As of press time, no NDP candidate had been nominated to challenge Barber and Martin for the seat previously held by Mavis Taillieu of Headingley.