IF there was any doubt of Hugh McFadyen's strategy, it was made clear in the first official week of his election campaign.
The Progressive Conservative leader hasn't strayed too far away from south and west Winnipeg and the handful of seats his party needs to steal from the NDP in order to form the next government.
He's done that by bringing his tough-on-crime platform to Assiniboia, St. Norbert and Riel during the day and by hosting three evening crime forums in Riel, Assiniboia and Fort Garry-Riverview. All of these ridings are places where the fear of crime is worse than actual crime -- unlike ridings in the inner city, which the Tories aren't targeting.
At the same time, the crime forums have given McFadyen a chance to highlight his candidates, people like Ian Rabb in Fort Garry-Riverview, Susan Auch in Assiniboia, Rochelle Squires in Riel, Karen Velthuys in St. Norbert and Gord Steeves in Seine River.
He's also spent considerable time campaigning with each door-to-door.
McFadyen said despite this apparent concentration on Winnipeg, his overall campaign strategy is to focus on issues, not points on a map.
"We want to focus on real problems that are facing the city and the province, and those problems are not limited to one particular neighbourhood or part of the city," he said, adding he hopes to touch base in every part of the city and province over the next three weeks.
He also said his crime platform will address root-cause issues like poverty, not just gangs, illegal guns and electronic monitoring of repeat sex offenders.