Progressive Conservatives win majority government in Manitoba election

Manitoba Election: Brian Pallister's PCs declared re-elected with majority government.

The Progressive Conservatives cruised to an easy victory Tuesday night, but voter turnout shrank.

Wednesday morning, Elections Manitoba reported voter turnout at 55.4 per cent.

Find the real-time voting results for every riding across the province here.

Speaking to a crowd of supporters at his CanadInns Polo Park election night headquarters, newly re-elected Premier of Manitoba Brian Pallister called the Progressive Conservatives’ victory a step forward for the province.

“Forward to balanced budgets, forward to better care and sooner,” he said.

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“Forward to new schools for our children and grandchildren, forward to a stronger economy for all of us and forward to more affordability for families …with lower taxes and more money right on the kitchen tables of Manitoba families.”

Manitoba NDP leader Wab Kinew said in a speech to supporters that he called his Progressive Conservative opponent Brian Pallister to concede the election, but he still had a positive attitude about the election’s results.

“I don’t think we were defeated tonight,” said Kinew.

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“I think Manitobans sent a very, very strong message, and the seats that we took back made it very clear that Manitobans want us, the New Democrats, to not only be the conscience of Manitoba, not only to be the opposition of Manitoba, but to be the progressive voice for Manitoba.”

Meanwhile, the Wolseley riding went to the NDP once again.

Despite hopes by Green Party supporters that it might be their first-ever win, Green candidate David Nickarz was defeated by the NDP’s Lisa Naylor.

Manitoba Liberal leader Dougald Lamont was re-elected in St. Boniface, joining fellow Liberals Dr. Jon Gerrard (River Heights) and Cindy Lamoureux (Tyndall Park). However, the Liberals lost official party status, losing a seat in northern Manitoba.

Liberal leader Dougald Lamont talks to Global News.

Liberal leader Dougald Lamont talks to Global News.

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Gerrard has represented the area since 1999 and is the former leader of the Manitoba Liberals.

“It’s just great to be re-elected. It’s phenomenal to be a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba and to be able to make a contribution,” he said.

“This is 20 years, and this will be the sixth election that I’ve won, so I’m really thankful to the voters in River Heights.”

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Former Progressive Conservative MLA Cliff Graydon was defeated in the new Borderland riding.

Graydon was running as an independent candidate in this election, after being expelled from the PC caucus after allegations of sexual harassment. He was defeated in 2019 by PC candidate Josh Guenter.

The new riding of Union Station has elected its first MLA – NDP candidate Uzoma Asagwara. It was created from the riding formerly known as Logan.

Uzoma Asagwara

Uzoma Asagwara

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Asagwara joins Jamie Moses (NDP) in St. Vital and Audrey Gordon (PC) in Southdale as the first black MLAs elected to the province.

Speaker Myrna Driedger was re-elected in Roblin for the Progressive Conservatives. A longtime MLA, Driedger was originally elected in a 1998 by-election.

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Prior to the election call, Pallister and the Progressive Conservatives held a majority in the Manitoba Legislature, with 38 of the 57 seats to the opposition NDP’s 12.

Tuesday’s election followed a 29-day campaign kicked off Aug. 12 when Pallister triggered an election more than a year ahead of schedule.

Advanced voting numbers for 2019 were up over the previous provincial election, with almost 113,000 voters making their choice before Election Day, according to Elections Manitoba.

A list of prominent elected and defeated candidates: 

The Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba

  • Eileen Clarke, Indigenous and northern relations minister, elected in Agassiz.
  • Brian Pallister, party leader, premier, elected in Fort Whyte.
  • Cathy Cox, sport, culture and heritage minister, elected in Kildonan-River East.
  • Scott Fielding, finance minister, elected in Kirkfield Park.
  • Ralph Eichler, agriculture minister, elected in Lakeside.
  • Blaine Pedersen, growth, enterprise and trade minister, elected in Midland.
  • Cameron Friesen, health minister, elected in Morden-Winkler.
  • Jeff Wharton, municipal relations minister, elected in Red River North.
  • Rochelle Squires, sustainable development, Francophone affairs, status of women minister, elected in Riel.
  • Ron Schuler, infrastructure minister, elected in Springfield-Ritchot.
  • Cliff Cullen, justice minister, elected in Spruce Woods.
  • Colleen Mayer, crown services minister, defeated in St. Vital by Jamie Moses (NDP).
  • Kelvin Goertzen, government house leader, education minister, elected in Steinbach.
  • Heather Stefanson, deputy premier, families minister, elected in Tuxedo.

Independent

  • Cliff Graydon, kicked out of Tory caucus after harassment allegations, defeated in Borderland by Josh Guenter (PC).

Manitoba Liberal Party

  • Dougald Lamont, party leader, elected in St. Boniface.

New Democratic Party of Manitoba

  • Wab Kinew, party leader, elected in Fort Rouge.

-With files from the Canadian Press

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