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Provincial Election

Tory wins turn the city blue

Greg Selinger gives his his wife Claudette a kiss on the stage at the NDP post election gathering at the RBC Convention Centre.

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Greg Selinger gives his his wife Claudette a kiss on the stage at the NDP post election gathering at the RBC Convention Centre. Purchase Photo Print

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This article was published 19/4/2016 (306 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

In the City of Winnipeg, orange is definitely not the new black.

 

Progressive Conservative blue replaced the New Democratic Party’s iconic colour as the dominant hue in the Manitoba capital on election night, as the Tories were elected or leading in 17 of 31 Winnipeg ridings at press time.

In 2011, in Greg Selinger’s first contest as party leader, the NDP captured 26 out of 31 city ridings. That figure dropped to a maximum of 12, as the Tories recaptured entire swaths of what the NDP used to consider Fortress Winnipeg, reclaiming suburban ridings in the west, southeast and east.

Several veteran NDPers went down to defeat. In Kirkfield Park, former city councillor Scott Fielding defeated NDP cabinet minister Sharon Blady. In Rossmere, Andrew Micklefield defeated two-term candidate Erna Braun. 

In Riel, former journalist Rochelle Squires knocked off the NDP’s Christine Melnick, once famously kicked out of cabinet by Greg Selinger. And in St. Norbert, Jon Reyes defeated one-term NDPer Dave Gaudreau, the co-author of the infamous solidarity pledge in favour of the NDP leader.

The Tories also took vacant Transcona, Radisson, Seine River and Southdale from the NDP. Former Conservative MP Steven Fletcher, defeated October, became an elected official again by claiming Assiniboia, last held by the NDP. Young Tory Nic Curry claimed Kildonan from long-serving NDPer Dave Chomiak.

The Tories were also leading in St. Vital and Fort Richmond at press time.

The NDP also lost one Winnipeg seat to the Liberal party — Burrows, where Cindy Lamoureux defeated incumbent Melanie Wight. Liberal Jon Gerrard also held on to River Heights, though Liberal party Leader Rana Bokhari failed to take Fort Rouge from the NDP.

Fort Rouge was the sole bright spot for the NDP in Winnipeg, as former musician, journalist and University of Winnipeg executive Wab Kinew claimed the central Winnipeg riding.

Party Leader Greg Selinger held on to his St. Boniface seat, cabinet minister James Allum fought off Green party Leader James Beddome to hold on to Fort Garry-Riverview, and both Marcelinos — Flor in Logan and Ted in Tyndall Park — are heading back to the Manitoba legislature.

At press time, the Green party’s Dave Nickarz was locked in a squeaker of a race for Wolseley with NDP incumbent Rob Altemeyer, who won the riding in 2011 with 60 per cent of the vote.

Altemeyer, along with Gaudreau, co-authored the solidarity pledge, which attempted to shame NDP caucus members into supporting Selinger in the days following the contentious 2015 leadership contest.

bartley.kives@freepress.mb.ca

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