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Lemieux not running, vacant Senate seats: Politics 204


Quote of the day

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    "It’s absolutely correct. I had got some concerts tickets for them and they did pay me back...Over the years, I get tickets for so many people. I do get repaid and I get it back." - former mayor Sam Katz in an interview with the Free Press on personal cheques totalling as much as $30,000 written to Katz by Caspian Construction

At the legislature

  • Ron Lemieux announced Tuesday morning at a news conference in the Manitoba Legislative Building that he won't seek re-election.  (WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Ron Lemieux announced Tuesday morning at a news conference in the Manitoba Legislative Building that he won't seek re-election.

    Lemieux is out: Dawson Trail MLA Ron Lemieux, the minister responsible for tourism, culture, heritage, sport and consumer protection, has joined the growing list of veteran MLAs not seeking re-election. Lemieux cited health reasons as part of the reason that he will not be on the ballot on April 19. Lemieux, 65, has been a member of the legislature since 1999, had been nominated to run more than a year ago.
  • Green Tories: The Progressive Conservatives announced if elected they would create an agency arms-length from Manitoba Hydro to lead energy-savings efforts.

Missing senators

  • Sen. Maria Chaput feared a Tory would be appointed if she resigned earlier. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press Files)

    Sen. Maria Chaput feared a Tory would be appointed if she resigned earlier.

    Vacancies in Manitoba: As of today Manitoba has more vacant seats in the Senate than actual senators. Liberal Sen. Maria Chaput's retirement took effect this morning, leaving Conservatives Sen. Don Plett and Sen. Janis Johnson as Manitoba's two sole representatives in the upper chamber. There are 24 total vacancies in the senate, which a Vancouver lawyer suing the federal government over the vacancies, says is more than at any other time since Confederation. The Liberals are working towards a new non-partisan process to fill the gaps, but the first five appointments are still to be made and the Prime Minister's Office can't give a date yet when they might be filled.

Today's editorial

  • Public inquiry next?: Recent revelations of why police moved in to seize a contractors records – alleged fake invoices – are making some people think Winnipeg has to move beyond an external audit and into a public inquiry of what went so wrong with the city contract.

In case you missed it

  • Mathias Colomb Chief Arlen Dumas (left) holds a sacred medicine pouch he wore around his neck at the airport. (SUPPLIED)

    Mathias Colomb Chief Arlen Dumas (left) holds a sacred medicine pouch he wore around his neck at the airport.

    Katz remains true to form: Dan Lett writes about the latest development with the police headquarters. Over the 10 years he served as this city’s mayor, we discovered two fundamental truths about Sam Katz. First, while he was mayor, Katz frequently and shamelessly mixed city and personal business.
  • Confrontation: A northern Manitoba chief says he was accused of carrying marijuana Saturday at the Richardson International Airport when a security guard aggressively confronted him about a sacred medicine pouch he wears around his neck.
  • Energy East: Environmental activists prodded the City of Winnipeg Monday to complete a risk assessment of the Energy East pipeline before the start of National Energy Board hearings into the proposed conversion of a natural-gas conduit into an oil pipeline.

On the calendar

  • City council will vote on the budget on March 22. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES)

    City council will vote on the budget on March 22.

    Budget day: Mayor Brian Bowman and his executive policy committee will table the preliminary 2016 operating and capital budget for the City of Winnipeg at an EPC meeting at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow.
  • Premiers meeting: Canada's Premiers meet tomorrow in Vancouver ahead of a First Ministers' Meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on March 3. The prime minister is seeking to move forward on a national climate change strategy but is running up against some resistance from provinces who have already individually begun going down that road. A carbon tax is expected to be among the more contentious issues.

Today in history

  • March 1, 2005: Ontario becomes the first province to pass legislation to ban pit bulls after several incidents.

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