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Pallister, Wishart vacation plans don't include Portage Pride parade

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES</p><p>Premier Brian Pallister gets his photo taken with Mona Mousa (centre) and Amanda Pratt (right) on the steps of the Manitoba Legislative Building before the start of Winnipeg's Pride parade in June.</p>

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Premier Brian Pallister gets his photo taken with Mona Mousa (centre) and Amanda Pratt (right) on the steps of the Manitoba Legislative Building before the start of Winnipeg's Pride parade in June.

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Premier Brian Pallister and local MLA Ian Wishart will not attend Portage la Prairie's first-ever Pride parade on Saturday.

Both Pallister and Wishart — the minister of education — will be on family vacations planned before the event was announced, an aide to the premier said Monday morning.

"We didn't have a ton of time to bring the pride march to the attention of the dignitaries," organizing group spokesman Josh Wright said Monday, adding the parade's date and time weren't confirmed until Aug. 8.

"I have full confidence that they would have attended the march if they had received more notice. Next year's event will tell the full story."

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Premier Brian Pallister and local MLA Ian Wishart will not attend Portage la Prairie's first-ever Pride parade on Saturday.

Both Pallister and Wishart — the minister of education — will be on family vacations planned before the event was announced, an aide to the premier said Monday morning.

"We didn't have a ton of time to bring the pride march to the attention of the dignitaries," organizing group spokesman Josh Wright said Monday, adding the parade's date and time weren't confirmed until Aug. 8.

"I have full confidence that they would have attended the march if they had received more notice. Next year's event will tell the full story."

Wright said that Pallister and Wishart did not refuse to attend the event.

"Our organization does not force people to attend to the march, but rather welcomes and invites open and willing individuals to join in on our inaugural human rights celebration."

Pallister and several caucus members were at Winnipeg's Pride parade in June.

Pallister, who grew up on a farm just outside Portage, has deep roots in the community. He attended school in town, owns an insurance business in town and his family still owns the farm. He previously served Portage as both an MLA and a member of Parliament.

He now holds the Fort Whyte riding in Winnipeg.

Wishart was first elected as Tory MLA for Portage la Prairie in 2011.

In an email, Pallister's aide said the government will be represented at the parade by members of caucus.

"Our government is pleased to support events that celebrate the inclusive spirit of our diverse province. We wish the organizers a safe and successful inaugural celebration," the email said, but didn't indicate which caucus members will be attending.

Neither Pallister nor Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen attended that town's first Pride parade last month.

Saturday's event begins at 10 a.m., with face-painting and speeches in the parking lot at Portage Community Revitalization Corp., 56 Royal Rd. North. The march begins at 11. Organizers have planned brief closing remarks following the march at the same location.

nick.martin@freepress.mb.ca

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