Greens set record
The Green Party of Manitoba is fielding a record number of candidates in a Manitoba provincial election. By Monday's deadline, the party had registered 43 candidates with Elections Manitoba — up from 30 in the 2016 election.
The Greens had sought to run a full slate of 57, but leader James Beddome said they are nonetheless proud of the new high-water mark.
Meanwhile, the Manitoba Liberals joined the two other major parties in fielding a full complement of candidates. In 2016, the Grits fell six short of a full slate.
A total of 233 people are in the running in the Sept. 10 election. The number also includes five communists, two independents and five Manitoba First party candidates.
Elections Manitoba says advance voting begins Thursday and continues until Sept. 5. You can vote in advance at any voting place in Manitoba, but you must vote at your designated location on election day. Advance voting hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday (there are some exceptions to these dates and hours).
PCs target NDP candidate
The Progressive Conservatives are seeking to depict the NDP and party candidate Mark Wasyliw as soft on impaired driving. Wasyliw is featured on a national website that lists lawyers in various cities who have experience in representing clients in DUI cases. The website notes "drinking and driving is not against the law" and "just because you were drinking and driving does not mean that you will be found guilty." It advises drivers to "get the facts before entering a plea."
The PCs said Monday the NDP needs to come clean on whether it would kill Bill 7 — legislation passed last session that imposes tougher sanctions on impaired drivers. The NDP supported the bill.
Wasyliw, a school trustee whom the Tories referred to as a "star" candidate in a news release, is running in Fort Garry in a close contest against Nancy Cooke of the PCs.
In a statement Monday, Wasyliw said: "The NDP has always supported strong legislation to deter, prevent and hold people accountable for impaired driving on our roads. We also support the constitutional right of every Canadian to have due process and a fair trial."