Credit union chairman Provencher Tory hopeful

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The longtime chairman of Steinbach Credit Union is the first and possibly only candidate for the Conservative nomination in the vacant federal riding of Provencher.

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The longtime chairman of Steinbach Credit Union is the first and possibly only candidate for the Conservative nomination in the vacant federal riding of Provencher.

Ted Falk, part-owner of an area construction and gravel company, announced earlier this week he would seek to replace Vic Toews in the House of Commons.

Nominations close next Wednesday, so there isn’t much time for potential rivals to declare their candidacy and launch a campaign.

Ted Falk: seeking seat in Ottawa.

“It’s something that I’ve contemplated for a while,” Falk, 53, said Thursday. “And when the obvious favourites” declined the opportunity to run, he decided to take the plunge.

Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen would have been favoured to win the nomination if he sought it. But he declined to run for family reasons and because he’s satisfied with his current job. Steinbach deputy mayor Michael Zwaagstra also took a pass on the opportunity to become the federal Conservative candidate.

“I would have been personally thrilled if Kelvin would have run. He would have had my full support,” said Falk, who is married with three grown children and five grandchildren.

Goertzen is one of several high-profile Manitoba Tories who have already declared their support for Falk.

Last week, party officials expressed concern no one had yet stepped forward to run for the nomination in what is regarded as a safe Conservative seat. Toews announced his resignation two months ago.

Conservative candidates have until Sept. 11 to file their papers in Ottawa. Falk plans to do so today.

A date for the byelection has yet to be set.

— Larry Kusch

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