Canadians elect 10 Indigenous candidates

10/22/2019 12:05 AM

Ten Indigenous MPs were elected or leading in the 2019 election – matching the number elected in the 2015 election.

They are six for the Liberals: Dan Vandal (Métis), Jaime Battiste (Eskasoni Mi’kmaw First Nation), Vance Badaway (Métis), Yvonne Jones (Inuit), Michael McLeod (Métis), Marc Serré (Mattawa/North Bay Algonquin First Nation & Métis).

The NDP elected two Indigenous candidates: Mumilaaq Qaqqaq (Inuit) and Leah Gazan (Wood Mountain Lakota Nation).

One Indigenous candidates was elected for the Conservatives: Marc Dalton (Métis); and one Independent: Jody Wilson-Raybould (We Wai Kai First Nation). 

Vandal and Gazan were elected to seats in Manitoba, the former in Saint Boniface - Saint Vital, and the latter in Winnipeg Centre.

Vandal wins in Saint Boniface-Saint Vital

10/21/2019 10:57 PM

Liberal incumbent Dan Vandal pulled off a victory Monday night, winning a second term as MP in Saint Boniface-Saint Vital. 

With 140 of 183 polls reporting, Vandal has secured about 43 per cent of the vote. 

Réjeanne Caron, a first-time Conservative candidate, came in second with about 30 per cent of the vote nearing 11 p.m.

Tory Morantz unseats incumbent Liberal Eyolfson

10/21/2019 10:53 PM

Former city councillor Marty Morantz has ousted Liberal MP Doug Eyolfson and reclaimed the riding of Charleswood-St.James-Assiniboia-Headingley for the Conservative Party of Canada.

“What an incredible, incredible night... I may be speechless for the first time in my life,” said MP-elect Morantz to applause at his campaign headquarters.

“I’m looking forward to spending the next number of years... trying to bring some common sense back to Ottawa”

By deadline Monday night, Morantz had collected more than 17,000 votes with poll results still pouring in.

Morantz heads to Ottawa after spending four years as a Winnipeg city councillor, before announcing his intention to seek federal office in May 2019. 

Morantz unseats incumbent Liberal MP Doug Eyolfson, a former emergency room doctor who was elected to federal office in 2015 with 52 per cent of the vote.

During his concession speech Monday, Eyolfson said he didn’t expect a loss.

“I knew it was a possibility, nothing is guaranteed,” Eyolfson said. “I guess this is what the voters wanted.”

Gazan wins Winnipeg Centre in a close vote

10/21/2019 10:52 PM

The NDP’s Leah Gazan, a 47-year-old Indigenous human rights activist and educator, defeated Liberal incumbent Robert-Falcon Ouellette in a close race in Winnipeg Centre."It's a people's movement. We did it!" Gazan exclaimed at a packed West End Cultural Centre.

Gazan, a member of the Wood Mountain Lakota Nation in Saskatchewan, had been favoured to retake the former longtime NDP stronghold for the New Democrats.

However, her victory was not assured until late in the evening.

Pat Martin represented the area in Parliament from 1997 to 2015, but fell to Ouellette, 42, four years ago as the Liberals under Justin Trudeau swept to power.

With about two-thirds of the polls reporting, Gazan held 40 per cent of the vote to Ouellette’s 34 per cent, and 18 per cent for Conservative Ryan Dyck.

"My greatest challenge in this election was ourselves, our own governing party," Ouellette said when asked about the strength of the campaign Gazan ran. “It was not the opponent we were facing. We are going to have to look within and re-evaluate how we function.”

Dancho victorious over Mihychuk

10/21/2019 10:38 PM

Conservative rookie Raquel Dancho has knocked off first-term Liberal MaryAnn Mihychuk in Kildonan-St. Paul. Dancho, who served as special assistant to the province’s sport, culture and heritage minister, was called the winner by Canadian Press at about 9:45 p.m., after forging a 2,000-plus vote lead after 70 polls were counted.

“Like you, I am disappointed with the results,” Mihychuk told a few dozen supporters at her campaign headquarters.

“But we should hold our heads high... I know the majority of Kildonan-St. Paul rejected Conservative cuts and the majority voted for progressive change.”

Earlier, the counting saw Dancho’s lead shrink and increase over Mihychuk with every poll coming in.

But about an hour into the counting, Dancho’s lead suddenly began gRowing and soon appeared insurmountable.

Mihychuk, whose political career included being a cabinet minister in the NDP government of Gary Doer, an unsuccessful Winnipeg mayoral run, and an earlier stint as a cabinet minister in the Trudeau government, said this chapter of her life has closed.

“I’m not going to run again,” Mihychuk said.

“I’ll be working in the back helping other women candidates win.”


Defeated Kildonan-St. Paul Liberal candidate MaryAnn Mihychuk talks to supporters

Duguid declared winner in Winnipeg South

10/21/2019 10:36 PM

True to its history as a reliable reflection of national politics, Winnipeg South re-elected a Liberal MP as the party held on to a minority government. 

Terry Duguid claimed victory with about half of polls reporting in the riding, as Conservative challenger Melanie Maher conceded around 10:20 pm. 

Duguid led by more than 1,000 votes in what was considered a tight race and has yet to speak to reporters. 

“We were coming close and we did pick up some seats across Canada, so we have to be proud,” Maher said, to applause from about 50 supporters.


Melanie Maher in her St. Vital mall campaign office Monday night. The room would later be packed with supporters who applauded Tory gains made this election.

Cabinet minister Carr secures Winnipeg South Centre

10/21/2019 10:12 PM

Manitoba’s lone Liberal cabinet minister will resume his post in Ottawa after beating out his Tory opponent in a rematch for Winnipeg South Centre.

Jim Carr won his seat, with more than half of polls reporting a 15 point lead over Conservative Joyce Bateman just after 10 p.m. Bateman held the seat from 2011 to 2015. 

In 2015, Carr won the riding handily with 60 per cent of the vote to Bateman’s 28 per cent. 

Blaikie declared the winner over Toet

10/21/2019 10:09 PM

New Democrat Daniel Blaikie has been declared the winner in Elmwood-Transcona.

Canadian Press declared the encumbent Blaikie the winner over Conservative Lawrence Toet.

With 135 of 187 polls reporting, Blaikie had 46 per cent of the vote at 10:10 p.m.. Toet had 37 per cent.

Liberal Jennifer Malabar was in third with 12 per cent.

While Toet had refused to concede, Blaikie had not yet made an appearance before supporters who had gathered at the Cavalier Inn on Regent Avenue.

The results were a dramatic change from the 2015 election, when Blaikie defeated the then encumbent Toet by 61 votes, the closest race in the country.

Conservative Dancho ousts incumbent Mihychuk in Kildonan-St. Paul

10/21/2019 10:06 PM

Conservative rookie Raquel Dancho appears to have bested first-term Liberal MaryAnn Mihychuk in Kildonan-St. Paul.

Dancho, who served as special assistant to the province’s sport, culture and heritage minister, was called the winner by Canadian Press at about 9:45 p.m., with 44 per cent of the vote.

Mihychuk trailed with 28 per cent of the vote.

Earlier, the counting saw Dancho’s lead shrink and increase over Mihychuk with every poll coming in.
But about an hour into the counting, Dancho’s lead suddenly began growing faster.

Both Dancho and Mihychuk are expected to speak with their supporters soon.

Ashton projected to win in Churchill

10/21/2019 10:04 PM

Niki Ashton will be the Member of Parliament for Churchill-Keewatinook Aski for another term, the Canadian Press is projecting.

Ashton, who was first elected in 2008, bested Conservative Cyara Bird and Liberal Judy Klassen, the region’s former MLA, to keep control of a crucial seat for the NDP caucus.

By 10 p.m., Ashton had 55 per cent of the Churchill vote.  Bird and Klassen trailed with around 20 per cent each.

Churchill-Keewatinook Aski  is the only federal seat in rural Manitoba held by a party other than the Conservatives.

Liberal incumbent takes early lead in Winnipeg South

10/21/2019 9:53 PM

The race in Winnipeg South, a riding long considered to be a true signal of national political trends, has become a closely watched contest between the Liberals and Conservatives. 

Seeking re-election, Liberal MP Terry Duguid took a slight early lead, with 50 per cent of the vote.  Conservative challenger Melanie Maher has 39 per cent.

Duguid's campaign pre-emptively declared it was holding a “victory party” before any of the results started rolling in. The mood at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel on Pembina was energetic even before Duguid arrived, with about 100 people gathering. 

At her campaign office within St. Vital mall, first-time Conservative candidate Melanie Maher said she wouldn’t change anything about the way she campaigned. 

“We did what we set out to do,” she said. While she was door knocking, she said several residents who said they previously supported the Liberal party told her they would instead vote Conservative this election. 

Energetic Liberal supporters gather at Terry Duguid’s election night party at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel Monday night.

Blaikie leading in Elmwood-Transcona

10/21/2019 9:51 PM

New Democrat Daniel Blaikie was holding onto a slight lead over Conservative Lawrence Toet in Elmwood-Transcona.

With a quarter of the polls reporting, Blaikie had 45.5 per cent of the vote, compared to 37.4 per cent for Toet.

Liberal Jennifer Malabar was third with 12.6 per cent  of the vote.

Kevin Lamoureux declares victory in Winnipeg North

10/21/2019 9:50 PM

Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux has declared victory in the race for Winnipeg North. 

The incumbent candidate had more than 46 per cent of the vote with 43 of 172 polls reporting as of 9:45 p.m. on Monday night, putting him well past NDP candidate Kyle Mason and Conservative candidate Jordyn Ham.

Lamoureux has held his parliamentary seat since winning it in a 2010 by-election. He was re-elected by a slim margin in the 2011 federal election, then again in 2015 with more than two-thirds of the vote.

Falk declared winner in Provencher

10/21/2019 9:43 PM

Conservative Ted Falk is headed back to Ottawa for another term, the Canadian Press has declared.

Falk, who was first elected to represent Provencher in a 2013 byelection, defeated his competitors handily, boosted by support in what has long been considered Tory country. With 45 of 193 polls reporting, Falk held about 68 per cent of the vote.

Falk, 59, a former executive at the Steinbach Credit Union, won Provencher in a 2013 byelection. A staunch conservative, he has been the centre of controversy due to anti-abortion views, which he shared in a 2018 outburst in the House of Commons.

Gazan, Ouellette in close Winnipeg Centre race

10/21/2019 9:40 PM

Leah Gazan of the NDP is slightly leading incumbent Robert-Falcon Ouellette by a few percentage points with about one-fifth of the polls reporting.

According to results posted at Gazan’s headquarters, the NDP candidate has 39 percent of the vote so far compared with 37 per cent for Ouellette, 17 per cent for Tory Ryan Dyck and 4.8 per cent for Green Andrea Shalay.

Before Ouellette won the seat in 2015, the NDP’s Pat Martin had held the riding for 18 years.

Liberal cabinet minister Carr leading in Winnipeg South Centre

10/21/2019 9:38 PM

Manitoba’s only Liberal cabinet minister is leading in the polls in Winnipeg South Centre, one hour after polls closed in the province. 

Liberal supporters clapped and cheered as they awaited the final results and Jim Carr’s arrival at the Caboto Centre Monday evening. 

By 9:40, Carr was leading with 45 per cent of the Winnipeg South Centre vote. His closest competitor, Conservative Joyce Bateman, had 28 per cent.

Before parliament dissolved, Carr held the international trade diversification portfolio. He was tapped for the position in 2017, after serving as the natural resources minister.

Morantz takes early lead in Charleswood-St.James-Assiniboia-Headingley

10/21/2019 9:36 PM

Conservative Marty Morantz has jumped out to a strong, early lead in the riding of Charleswood-St.James-Assiniboia-Headingley.

With roughly 25 per cent of 181 polls reporting, Morantz  is leading with 41 per cent of the vote.

Incumbent Liberal MP Doug Eyolfson has about 37 per cent.

Former MP and MLA Steven Fletcher is currently trailing candidates for both the Green Party of Canada and the NDP, with four per cent of the vote.

Ashton holds lead in Churchill

10/21/2019 9:25 PM

Incumbent Member of Parliament Niki Ashton is leading Liberal challenger Judy Klassen for the seat in Churchill-Keewatinook Aski.

Ashton, first elected in 2008, had about 56 per cent of the votes as early results rolled in around 9:30 p.m.

Falk in command in Provencher

10/21/2019 9:23 PM

Conservative Ted Falk is leading his nearest competitor, holding abouy 65 per cent of the votes in early results.

Falk appears in line to maintain his seat for a third term, boosted by support in what's long been considered Tory country.

Falk, 59, a former executive at the Steinbach Credit Union, won Provencher in a 2013 byelection. A staunch conservative, he has been the centre of controversy due to anti-abortion views, which he shared in a 2018 outburst in the House of Commons.

Conservative Mazier leads Dauphin-Swan-Neepawa

10/21/2019 11:00 PM

Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa has elected farmer and former agriculture executive Dan Mazier as its representative in Ottawa.

Following the retirement of two-term Tory MP Robert Sopuck, Mazier won the seat by a wide margin, with 66 per cent of the vote as of 11 p.m.

 NDP Laverne Lewycky and Liberal Cathy Scofield-Singh each had around 14 and 11 per cent, respectively.

Mazier is the former president of the Keystone Agricultural Producers. 

The riding has been solidly right-leaning for the majority of the past 30 years.

Tories' Maguire keeps Brandon-Souris

10/21/2019 9:13 PM

Conservative Larry Maguire is in line for re-election in Brandon-Souris, the Canadian Press has declared.

Maguire has served as the riding's MP since 2013, when he won a by-election to replace outgoing parliamentarian Merv Tweed. The NDP's Ashley Duguay was in line to finish second as of 9:10 p.m.

Brandon-Souris is about as safe a riding as there is in Canada: Since 1952, there has only been one non-Conservative MP. Before turning to federal politics, Maguire was an MLA for several terms in Arthur-Virden.

Bergen on top in Portage-Lisgar

10/21/2019 9:11 PM

In Portage-Lisgar, Candice Bergen came out on top, with the Tory taking more than two-thirds of available votes on her way to a fourth term in office.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister preceded Bergen as the riding’s representative in Ottawa before turning to provincial politics. Liberal Ken Werbiski is in line to finish second to Bergen for the second-consecutive election.

Bezan re-elected in major rural riding

10/21/2019 9:09 PM

Popular Conservative James Bezan was re-elected as MP of Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman for the fifth time Monday night, keeping one of the party’s most prominent Manitoban politicians in Ottawa for yet another term.

Bezan beat out a field of candidates that included Liberal Detlev Regelsky, New Democrat Robert A. Smith, Green Wayne James, and Ian Kathwaroon of the People’s Party of Canada.

With 35 of 265 polls reported, Bezan accumulated 4,853 votes (67 per cent) as of 9 p.m., with Smith trailing by more than 3,000 votes.

Arlington Bridge temporarily closing for nearly 2 weeks

10/21/2019 9:22 PM

Motorists driving to and from the North End can forget about using the Arlington Bridge for the next couple of weeks.

The city announced on Monday that the bridge will be completely closed to traffic to allow structure inspection and maintenance repairs starting Oct. 23 until Nov. 4.

Pedestrians will still be able to use the east sidewalk.

The city is suggesting motorists use the McPhillips Street Underpass or the Slaw Rebchuk Bridge on Salter Street instead.


Saskatchewan non-profit to review policing act

10/21/2019 3:42 PM

Following up on a promise outlined in last November's throne speech, the Manitoba government has picked a Saskatchewan-based non-profit to review the provincial Police Services Act.

The Community Safety Knowledge Alliance (CSKA) was the winner of a May 2019 request for proposals, Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced Monday.

CKSA will review how legislation supports "professional, transparent and effective delivery of police services," the province said.

The research will include surveying other jurisdictions for best practices and laying out recommendations for local improvements. The final report is expected in mid-2020. 

High-wind warning issued for lakes Winnipeg and Manitoba

10/21/2019 2:36 PM

A high-wind-effect warning for the south basins of Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg has been issued by Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre.

High winds are forecast to develop Monday afternoon and expected to last until late Tuesday, most notably at the shorelines near Gimli and across Lake Winnipeg at Victoria Beach.

Wind speed and wave action could raise levels by as much as five feet or more and property owners are advised to take precautions.

Woman slain in Thompson identified

10/21/2019 1:52 PM

The RCMP have identified a woman found slain in Thompson last week.

The body of Bobbie Lynn Lee Moose, 29, of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, was found on Nelson Road on Thursday afternoon.

Police are asking anyone with information about the case, including the victim’s whereabouts between Oct. 1 and the day her body was found, to call Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909.

Bobbie Lynn Lee Moose (supplied)

Missing woman found nearly nine months later

10/21/2019 12:57 PM

A Winnipeg woman missing since March has been found.

The Winnipeg Police Service asked for the public’s help in finding Gerri Gibeault, 29, in late April. She had last been seen in the North Kildonan area on March 22, police said at the time, adding they were concerned about her well-being.

Police announced Monday morning Gibeault had been safely located.

Teemu Selanne to sign copies of memoir in Winnipeg

10/21/2019 12:13 PM

Former Winnipeg Jets forward Teemu Selanne will be in Winnipeg on Sunday, Oct. 27 to sign copies of his new memoir My Life, co-written by Ari Mennander and published by HarperCollins.

The 49-year-old Selanne will sign copies of My Life at the Chapters Polo Festival location (695 Empress St.) from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., then at the Chapters St. Vital Centre location (1225 St. Mary's Rd.) from 3 to 4 p.m.

Selanne's lengthy NHL playing career included setting the record for goals by a rookie (76) with the Jets in 1992-93, winning the Rocket Richard trophy in 1998-99 as the NHL's leading scorer and helping the Anaheim Ducks win the 2007 Stanley Cup. 

Selanne will be signing purchased copies of the book on a first-come, first-served basis at both locations.

Tracy Morgan brings his standup to Club Regent

10/21/2019 10:49 AM

Comedian Tracy Morgan, star of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, is bring his standup show to Club Regent on March 7, 2020.

Morgan's visit to Winnipeg will be part of his No Disrespect Tour. Tickets start at $44 and go on sale at Ticketmaster on Oct. 25. The show is 18 plus.

Fire crews extinguish blaze in North End building

10/21/2019 9:25 AM

Fire crews battled a blaze in a commercial building in the North End late Sunday night.

Firefighters were sent to the vacant one-storey building in the first 100 block of Charles Street shortly after 10:40 p.m. 

Crews had the fire under control in a little over an hour.

No one was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available, the City of Winnipeg said Monday morning.

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