2019’s Manitoba Election
While most of the country is focusing on summer vacations and the odd SNC Lavalin scandal, Manitobans are in the midst of a provincial election campaign. First elected with a record majority in April 2016, the Progressive Conservatives, led by Premier Brian Pallister have opted for an early election call citing the 150-anniversary celebrations in Manitoba slated for 2020 would be an inappropriate time to campaign. Additionally, the NDP and Liberal provincial parties have rookie leaders and are in a rebuilding mode. This combined with competing for resources from their federal counterparts heading into the October federal election will also put a strain on their efforts.
At present no one is predicting a change in government. Most are of the view that maintaining the record size caucus will be difficult to achieve, but that a comfortable majority is likely in the cards for the incumbent PC government.