Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari speaks at a Brandon Chamber of Commerce debate during the provincial election campaign in April. Bokhari has stepped down as Liberal leader.

Bokhari’s departure signals rough waters for Grits

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 14, 2016 For the Manitoba Liberals, 2016 will clearly go down as a case of “what could have been.” The final nail in the post-election coffin struck this past week with a rather low-key announcement that leader Rana Bokhari would be calling it quits after a little… Read more »

Reg Helwer applauds his team following a convincing win April 19, 2016 (file)

Helwer victim of a leaner style of government

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 7, 2016 You kind of have to feel for Brandon West MLA Reg Helwer. One of the loyalists of Brian Pallister’s members over the last four years, Helwer found himself in the audience last Tuesday as opposed to being on stage when the new Progressive Conservative cabinet… Read more »

Keystone Centre general manager Neil Thomson explains plans for new additions to the centre in this 2015 photo.

Parking key to boosting Keystone revenue?

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 29, 2016 As the Brian Pallister Progressive Conservatives slowly take the reins from the battered NDP, the coming weeks will be littered with plenty of questions about the future of projects throughout the province. Ideas will begin to percolate as to the funding structures for formerly committed… Read more »

Former MLA Drew Caldwell congratulates MLA elect Len Isleifson following Tuesday's historic win. - Brandon Sun. 2016

Isleifson’s win puts new face on Brandon East

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 23, 2016 It may have taken close to five decades, but the Progressive Conservatives have finally planted their flag on what longtime NDP MLA Drew Caldwell called the “island of sanity in a sea of Tory blue.” The victory, the first of its kind in the former… Read more »

The three provincial leaders pose for a photo prior to a recent debate. Brandon Sun. 2016

Brandon promises in stark contrast

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 15, 2016 It’s almost over, folks. After four weeks of campaigning and a fairly muck-filled lead-up to the big dance, the provincial election is mere days away, with candidates and leaders alike squeezing in last-minute stops in key battlegrounds. Many a page in plenty of publications has… Read more »

Brad Wall at a recent meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Brandon Sun-CP File. 2016)

New leadership may turn back the clock on Tories

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 9, 2016 Fresh off picking up another solid majority in Saskatchewan, the chorus attempting to draft Premier Brad Wall for leader of the federal Conservative party will reach a crescendo, whether or not he finally expresses interest. Ever since Stephen Harper stepped aside following his party’s drubbing… Read more »

Brandon Sun Billy Moore, the Brandon West Liberal candidate in the provincial election. (Tom Bateman/The Brandon Sun)

Disqualified candidates a black eye for Grit hopefuls

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 2, 2016 Whether it was as a result of understaffing at Manitoba Liberal headquarters or the fault of the official agents for a handful of competitors, the fact the party lost five potential candidates to what they are calling “technicalities” in the final days leading up to… Read more »

Brian Pallister in Brandon as his campaign launches. -Brandon Sun. File. 2016

Pallister targeting “sacred cows” plays into NDP’s hand

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 26, 2016 “There are no sacred cows,” Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister said as he hinted at things to come should his party win the provincial election on April 19. In taking on those untouchable portfolios, Mr. Pallister seems to have put every aspect of non-essential government… Read more »

Greg Selinger in Brandon meeting with residents. Brandon Sun- File. 2015)

Will anyone give voters hope?

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 19, 2016 With the official drop of the writ on Wednesday, the 41st incarnation of a provincial election in this province got underway. Plenty of ink has already spilled on prognosticating the outcome. With surgeon-like dissection, many an editorial has dealt with each of the party leaders,… Read more »

McKenzie Towers has long languished on downtown Brandon looking for a suitor. (Brandon Sun- File. 2015)

Measuring progress more than just mega projects

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 12, 2016 “When eating an elephant take one bite at a time” U.S. general Creighton Abrams once mused while tackling a particularly difficult situation during the Vietnam war. In the long sought after revitalization of our city’s downtown this analogy may be suit our city’s approach to… Read more »

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  • Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari speaks at a Brandon Chamber of Commerce debate during the provincial election campaign in April. Bokhari has stepped down as Liberal leader.

    Bokhari’s departure signals rough waters for Grits

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 14, 2016 For the Manitoba Liberals, 2016 will clearly go down as a case of “what could have been.” The final nail in the post-election coffin struck this past week with a rather low-key announcement that leader Rana Bokhari would be calling it quits after a little… Read more »

  • Reg Helwer applauds his team following a convincing win April 19, 2016 (file)

    Helwer victim of a leaner style of government

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 7, 2016 You kind of have to feel for Brandon West MLA Reg Helwer. One of the loyalists of Brian Pallister’s members over the last four years, Helwer found himself in the audience last Tuesday as opposed to being on stage when the new Progressive Conservative cabinet… Read more »

  • Keystone Centre general manager Neil Thomson explains plans for new additions to the centre in this 2015 photo.

    Parking key to boosting Keystone revenue?

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 29, 2016 As the Brian Pallister Progressive Conservatives slowly take the reins from the battered NDP, the coming weeks will be littered with plenty of questions about the future of projects throughout the province. Ideas will begin to percolate as to the funding structures for formerly committed… Read more »

  • Former MLA Drew Caldwell congratulates MLA elect Len Isleifson following Tuesday's historic win. - Brandon Sun. 2016

    Isleifson’s win puts new face on Brandon East

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 23, 2016 It may have taken close to five decades, but the Progressive Conservatives have finally planted their flag on what longtime NDP MLA Drew Caldwell called the “island of sanity in a sea of Tory blue.” The victory, the first of its kind in the former… Read more »

  • The three provincial leaders pose for a photo prior to a recent debate. Brandon Sun. 2016

    Brandon promises in stark contrast

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 15, 2016 It’s almost over, folks. After four weeks of campaigning and a fairly muck-filled lead-up to the big dance, the provincial election is mere days away, with candidates and leaders alike squeezing in last-minute stops in key battlegrounds. Many a page in plenty of publications has… Read more »

  • Brad Wall at a recent meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Brandon Sun-CP File. 2016)

    New leadership may turn back the clock on Tories

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 9, 2016 Fresh off picking up another solid majority in Saskatchewan, the chorus attempting to draft Premier Brad Wall for leader of the federal Conservative party will reach a crescendo, whether or not he finally expresses interest. Ever since Stephen Harper stepped aside following his party’s drubbing… Read more »