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Those two words summed Opposition Leader Brain Pallister’s call today for a spring provincial election.
The Progressive Conservative leader said if the ruling NDP wanted to play fair ball they’d table a spring budget and then call a spring vote.
"They’re trying to give themselves one of the longest mandates in Canadian history, Manitoba history certainly, and that is not right," Pallister said.
The date of the next provincial election appears to be April 19, 2016.
The provincial government has already passed legislation that it will reschedule the provincial ballot to April 19, 2016 from the fixed date of Oct. 6, 2015.
The specific wording in the Elections Act says:
"Postponing fixed date election
"49.1(3) Despite clause (2)(b), if the election period for a general election to be held in October under that clause will, as of January 1 of the year of the election, overlap with the election period for a general election to be held under subsection 56.1(2) or section 56.2 of the Canada Elections Act, the general election must be held instead on the third Tuesday of April in the next calendar year."
The date was tentatively pushed back because the next federal election is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2015. The province said the April date was needed because a provincial and federal election in the same month would be unfair to voters. Saskatchewan and other provinces have passed similar legislation.
It's conceivable for Premier Greg Selinger to call an election before April 19, 2016, but the premier and his handlers have already said that won't happen.
Pallister said his Tories will introduce an amendment calling for a spring election when the house resumes sitting, likely after Remembrance Day.
"The government needs to run on its record," he said. "Manitobans know what I think of the government’s record. What’s important is what Manitobans think of the government’s record."
Pallister also said he would have candidates nominated in all 57 ridings by this spring.
Outgoing city councillor Scott Fielding was acclaimed as the Progressive Conservative candidate for Kirkfield Park earlier this week. James Teitsma is to be acclaimed in the riding of Radisson tonight.