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Pallister boasts of visiting all 57 constituencies

After rally in Winnipeg, PC leader refuses to answer questions

Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister and his wife, Esther, enter a rally at a Winnipeg hotel Sunday. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)</p>

Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister and his wife, Esther, enter a rally at a Winnipeg hotel Sunday. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)

Brian Pallister thanked supporters at a rally at an airport hotel on Sunday while boasting that he wis the only party leader to visit all 57 constituencies during the provincial election.

He also accused NDP Leader Wab Kinew of running a Winnipeg-focused campaign that ignored rural Manitoba.

"The people outside the Perimeter have dreams just like the people inside it do," Pallister told more than 150 party candidates and volunteers.

Pallister said he travelled about 8,000 kilometres during the four-week campaign, 4,500 by van and approximately 3,500 by air.

Brian Pallister thanked supporters at a rally at an airport hotel on Sunday while boasting that he wis the only party leader to visit all 57 constituencies during the provincial election.

He also accused NDP Leader Wab Kinew of running a Winnipeg-focused campaign that ignored rural Manitoba.

"The people outside the Perimeter have dreams just like the people inside it do," Pallister told more than 150 party candidates and volunteers.

Pallister said he travelled about 8,000 kilometres during the four-week campaign, 4,500 by van and approximately 3,500 by air.

"In the last month, like that country song (says), I've been everywhere."

To underscore his criticism of his main rival, the PC leader held up a book about Manitoba back roads and suggested that Kinew read it.

After speaking to party supporters at a rally in Winnipeg Sunday, PC Leader Brian Pallister refused to take questions from reporters. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)</p>

After speaking to party supporters at a rally in Winnipeg Sunday, PC Leader Brian Pallister refused to take questions from reporters. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)

Pallister estimated that he spent two-thirds of his time during the campaign in Winnipeg, where the bulk of Manitobans live, and about one-third outside the provincial capital.

He said the Progressive Conservatives also made contact with more than 45,000 persons through six telephone town hall events.

Pallister made no new announcements at Sunday's rally, choosing to review key campaign promises instead. He took no questions from reporters afterwards.

He urged his troops to make one final push to get supporters to the polls on Tuesday. "Your work is essential," he said.

The NDP responded to Pallister's criticisms by saying that the premier "is hiding from Winnipeggers angry about his cuts to health care."

The party said in a statement that Kinew has visited communities across the province, including Brandon, the Interlake, the north and southern Manitoba.

In all areas, Manitobans are telling the NDP they "reject Pallister's cuts to health care," the statement said.

larry.kusch@freepress.mb.ca

Larry Kusch

Larry Kusch
Legislature Reporter

Larry Kusch didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life until he attended a high school newspaper editor’s workshop in Regina in the summer of 1969 and listened to a university student speak glowingly about the journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa.

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