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NDP targeting seniors: Tories

Vote-meddling allegations spark outrage

Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister

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Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister

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Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister says he's not surprised the rival NDP is dealing with accusations of voter interference and intimidation in the battle over who should lead the New Democrats into the next election.

"The New Democratic Party has a history, especially in recent political campaigns, of trying to frighten people, and certainly they have gone out of their way to try to frighten seniors," Pallister said. "They have a history of trying to manipulate seniors, including my own mother, who was canvassed and told that she was going to lose home care because Brian Pallister was going to do away with it.

"A political party that would manipulate the votes of seniors in an election campaign is bad enough, but manipulating the votes of seniors between election campaigns, too, is adding insult to injury. It's disrespectful. It's absolutely fundamentally wrong. It's totally unacceptable, and a re-vote doesn't change the fact there was an attempt to do that by senior members who should know better."

Meanwhile, the NDP's election of leader committee on Thursday set aside all the mail-in ballots from Swan River for delegate selection for the March 8 leadership contest after it confirmed up to half a dozen ballots had been improperly filled out.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 21/2/2015 (1488 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister says he's not surprised the rival NDP is dealing with accusations of voter interference and intimidation in the battle over who should lead the New Democrats into the next election.

"The New Democratic Party has a history, especially in recent political campaigns, of trying to frighten people, and certainly they have gone out of their way to try to frighten seniors," Pallister said. "They have a history of trying to manipulate seniors, including my own mother, who was canvassed and told that she was going to lose home care because Brian Pallister was going to do away with it.

'A political party that would manipulate the votes of seniors in an election campaign is bad enough, but manipulating the votes of seniors between election campaigns, too, is adding insult to injury' — Tory Leader Brian Pallister

"A political party that would manipulate the votes of seniors in an election campaign is bad enough, but manipulating the votes of seniors between election campaigns, too, is adding insult to injury. It's disrespectful. It's absolutely fundamentally wrong. It's totally unacceptable, and a re-vote doesn't change the fact there was an attempt to do that by senior members who should know better."

Meanwhile, the NDP's election of leader committee on Thursday set aside all the mail-in ballots from Swan River for delegate selection for the March 8 leadership contest after it confirmed up to half a dozen ballots had been improperly filled out.

The committee's decision will require all 220 NDP members in the Swan River constituency to vote again on their choices for delegates, a move that will delay by about one week knowing which of the three leadership candidates takes or splits the 22 delegates. The deadline for returning ballots is Feb. 27. The leadership vote is March 8.

Swan River NDP local president Laura Henderson said Thursday retired MLA and former finance minister Rosann Wowchuk filled out at least two ballots belonging to an elderly couple. Henderson, who said she supports Theresa Oswald for leader, filed a complaint with the party's provincial office. The committee ruled in her favour.

"It's just been a real disappointment," Henderson said. "People have had their right to vote taken away from them from someone they trusted."

Wowchuk was unavailable to comment.

Pallister also said what's happened in Swan River is a sign of how the ruling NDP treats Manitobans.

"I think it should demonstrate to all Manitobans, not just our seniors, that this is a government that is well past its best-before date," he said.

Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari said the situation in Swan River shows the government is too busy fighting itself to run the province. "Instead of focusing on getting results for all Manitobans, the NDP are focused on playing cynical political games and holding on to power at all costs," she said.

In an unrelated matter, Premier Greg Selinger's leadership campaign manager, Kathleen McCallum, has apologized to party members in Fort Rouge for an unauthorized, unprotected mass email sent out by a campaign volunteer.

The delegate-selection meeting for Fort Rouge is Sunday. The constituency is eligible to send 23 delegates to the leadership vote.

bruce.owen@freepress.mb.ca

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