September 15, 2019

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Manitoba votes

  • Brian Pallister, Premier-elect and Progressive Conservative candidate for Fort Whyte, celebrates victory. (JASON HALSTEAD / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Brian Pallister, Premier-elect and Progressive Conservative candidate for Fort Whyte, celebrates victory.

    Tories take it: Premier Brian Pallister’s decision to call an early election yielded a second consecutive majority government, but with fewer seats. "We captured, over the last two elections, more seats than any back-to-back government in the history of the Province of Manitoba. That is a monumental honour, and it carries with it a monumental responsibility,” he said last night. Larry Kusch reports.
  • Upbeat despite defeat: NDP Leader Wab Kinew sounded victorious in his concession speech after the party won 18 seats compared with 14 in the last election. Jessica Botelho-Urbanski reports.
  • Libs lose party status: Dougald Lamont’s Liberals are down to three seats in the legislature and have lost official party status after gaining it only a year ago. Maggie Macintosh reports.

Weather

  • Your forecast: A mix of sun and cloud this morning and cloudy this afternoon, with a high of 15 C and peak winds from the east at 20 km/h beginning later his morning.

Opining on election

  • Manitoba PC leader and premier Brian Pallister celebrates winning the Manitoba election.  (JOHN WOODS / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

    Manitoba PC leader and premier Brian Pallister celebrates winning the Manitoba election.

    Great gambit: Pallister is in a stronger position now than he was after his first win, having vanquished enemies and quieted doubters, Dan Lett writes in his latest column.
  • Tough times for Tories?: Some of the most challenging years of governing for the Progressive Conservatives are still to come, Tom Brodbeck writes.
  • A lighter look: Doug Spiers has an “informative, thoughtful analysis” written long before the polls closed Tuesday.

What’s happening today

  • Logan Avenue was closed at McPhillips following an early-morning collision. (MAGGIE MACINTOSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Logan Avenue was closed at McPhillips following an early-morning collision.

    Crash closes intersection: Logan Avenue is closed to eastbound and westbound traffic at McPhillips Street after a serious motor vehicle crash. McPhillips remains open. Police say the road closure might be in effect all morning.
  • Another election: A federal election will be called this morning when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asks Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament. Several of the seven Liberal seats in Winnipeg are considered vulnerable, Dylan Robertson reports.
  • Britain’s prorogued Parliament: A court in the U.K. has ruled Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful, and a hearing before the Supreme Court is set for next week. Critics of Johnson say he’s trying to escape scrutiny as he seeks to remove Britain from the European Union by Oct. 31. The Associated Press reports.

On this date

  • On Sept. 11, 1947: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that 1,200 local meat packers were set to take a strike vote, with 700 more to vote on a strike the next day; in Vancouver, meat rationing was already underway as nearly 2,000 workers in meat packing, furniture and steel industries picketed. Winnipeg police found on the city outskirts a stolen car used by bandits in a daylight robbery in which $25,409 was stolen from a hotel proprietor on Carlton Street.

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