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Politics 204 for October 21


Quote of the day

  • Incumbent Conservative Steven Fletcher joins supporters at his Headquarter in the Charleswood-StJames-Assiniboia-Headingley riding Monday Oct. 19, 2015. (DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Incumbent Conservative Steven Fletcher joins supporters at his Headquarter in the Charleswood-StJames-Assiniboia-Headingley riding Monday Oct. 19, 2015.

    “The national campaign was a fiasco. When you’re going after big game you don’t go off chasing rabbits.” — Outgoing Conservative MP Steven Fletcher who lost to Liberal Doug Eyolfson in Monday’s federal election.

Accountability

  • Conducting an environmental assessment of the Portage Diversion is among the recommendations in a report on the regulation of Lake Winnipeg water levels.

    Conducting an environmental assessment of the Portage Diversion is among the recommendations in a report on the regulation of Lake Winnipeg water levels.

    Wyatt’s back: Transcona Coun. Russ Wyatt says the administration is trying to avoid council scrutiny of major projects. Wyatt says a proposal before Mayor Brian Bowman’s executive policy committee (EPC) this morning will exempt the administration from having to regularly brief the finance committee on troublesome projects.
  • Water woes: In a report the Selinger government tried hard to hide — releasing it more than a month after it received it, and on election day — the Clean Environment Commission says Manitoba Hydro’s massive construction projects have escaped good scrutiny too long. The province is digesting the ramifications of the report.
  • What we think: Our editorial board argues that it’s time to put hydroelectric projects under the environmental microscope with mandatory assessments. In fact, Manitoba is far behind other provinces when it comes to legislative protection for the environment, including the way water is managed here.

In the wake of an election

  • Andrew Park, the Green party candidate for Winnipeg South Centre (Winnipeg Free Press)

    Andrew Park, the Green party candidate for Winnipeg South Centre

    Going green: Winnipeg South Centre candidate Andy Park ran the best Green Party campaign in the province, but didn’t get a visit from the leader and didn’t increase his vote in South Centre. He says the Green vote was “soft and fearful” and, like Matt Henderson’s NDP campaign, the victim of remarkable strategic voting in the riding. But, things might be looking up provincially.
  • Dissecting the loss: Now that a Liberal majority government is becoming a reality, what happens next? In Ottawa, a group of political pundits will meet to discuss what went right and what went wrong. Interestingly, Conservative Party campaign spokesperson Kory Teneycke is expected to speak. Should make for a fascinating story.

In case you missed it

  • Curtis Starkell with the registration renewal notices he received for his two chocolate Labradors, Lola (left) and Capone.

    Curtis Starkell with the registration renewal notices he received for his two chocolate Labradors, Lola (left) and Capone.

    Going to the dogs: Dog owners are reacting with surprise and anger over a decision by Animal Services to abandon its two-notice warning for expired pet licences. People who forget their pet’s licence has expired can expect a knock on the door and a hand-delivered $231.25 fine.
  • Inside cabinet: There’s talk today that newly elected Liberal Jim Carr could be tapped for cabinet by prime minister-delegate Justin Trudeau. The new cabinet will be announced Nov. 4.
  • Change in priorities: Now that Canada has a new incoming government, there’s a sense that priorities on policies may be shifting. The province, researchers and others are sensing the shift.

Today in history

  • In 1876, the first shipment of western wheat to Eastern Canada arrived from Manitoba.

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