Business wants in
A coalition of 10 business organizations is calling on Manitoba's political parties to focus their attention on the provincial economy. The coalition, which includes such groups as the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, Winnipeg Construction Association and Manitoba Heavy Construction Association, says economic growth should be government's "top priority." The coalition has asked each of the major political parties to respond to a series of issues, ranging from infrastructure and global trade to Indigenous engagement, attracting and retaining talent, and access to capital. It says it will report on the parties' responses before the Sept. 10 election.
Sizzling start to campaign
A day after he was nominated, Flin Flon Liberal candidate James Lindsay was struck by lightning and lived to tell about it. Here's how he described it in a Facebook post Aug. 7: "Last Saturday evening, I VERY UNINTENTIONALLY stepped between a lightning strike to a windmill tower and associated wiring at my cabin and the ground while climbing my first cabin step. Fortunately, it wasn't a direct strike, and the bolt passed through my cabin, up one leg, across my hips/pelvis, and down the other leg."
Lindsay managed to stumble to his truck and drive to a neighbour's for help. He then spent several hours at the Lynn Lake Hospital emergency room. Although hobbled, Lindsay is back on the campaign trail, and Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont is really charged up about his northern candidate. "James Lindsay is absolutely incredible... a little lightning isn't going to stop him," Lamont said Monday.
Only two political parties — the Progressive Conservatives and NDP — have nominated a full slate of candidates (57) so far, according to Elections Manitoba. As of Monday afternoon, the Liberals had nominated 48, while the Greens had named 23. There are also five Communists and four independents running.