Brian Pallister will not be seeking re-election as Premier of Manitoba in the subsequent election, nevertheless will remain in place of work for now.
Pallister made the announcement Tuesday afternoon following a Modern Conservative Party of Manitoba Caucus meeting in Brandon.
“I imagine that now is the time for a new leader and a premier to take our province forward,” Pallister said. “Accordingly, a new leader of the Modern Conservative Party of Manitoba will lead our party into the subsequent election.”
Pallister won the party leadership in 2012, and was first elected as the 22nd premier of Manitoba in 2016. He was re-elected as premier in 2019.
“By stepping aside at the midpoint in our 2nd mandate, I imagine this will provide ample time not handiest for party individuals to place a new leader, nevertheless for Manitobans to get to understand that new leader and premier,” Pallister said.
The premier did not say when he can be stepping aside, and did not answer to questions from reporters all by means of the announcement.
PALLISTER REMAINS AS PREMIER FOR NOW, PARTY TO SELECT NEW LEADER
Pallister’s press secretary advised CTV News he remains as premier, nevertheless has asked the PC Party to initiate the route of of selecting a new leader.
In a statement posted to Twitter minutes after Pallister’s announcement, PC Party President Tom Wiebe said he had been notified earlier in the day.
“In the coming days, I am going to convene a meeting of our party executive council to discover ideas for a leadership election,” Wiebe said in the statement. “As per our party constitution, the leadership election will likely be by all party individuals on a one member, one vote basis.”
The subsequent provincial election is slated for 2023.
OPPOSITION LEADER SAYS PALLISTER LEAVES LEGACY OF COVID FAILURE AND RACISM
Manitoba Leader Wab Kinew criticized Pallister’s decision to step aside in a pandemic, nevertheless said he feels Pallister’s departure was precipitated by his controversial feedback.
“Let’s be correct, the premier’s statement today was spin. We all realize it was his offensive statements that are the reason that he is announcing the fact that he is leaving now,” he said.
“His legacy will likely be a failure on COVID and racism towards Indigenous folks.”
PALLISTER TOUTS ‘SCANDAL-FREE’ TIME IN OFFICE
At some stage in his announcement Tuesday, Pallister touted his time in place of work saying, “We ran a clean authorities with real integrity that was scandal free.”
Nevertheless, the past few weeks have been riddled with controversy inner Pallister’s cabinet.
In early July, Pallister said the settlers who came to Canada did not advance to abolish, nevertheless to invent communities, companies and church buildings.
The feedback sparked backlash from Indigenous leaders in the province. Rapidly after his feedback, Pallister’s Indigenous Relations Minister Eileen Clarke resigned.
Nevertheless controversy persisted in the PC cabinet when Clarke’s replacement Alan Lagimodiere, correct hours after being sworn in, said the residential faculty map, “was designed to take Indigenous early life and give them the form of skills and abilities.”
Lagimodiere later apologized for his feedback.
Nearly one month after making the feedback, Pallister issued an apology, saying his feedback created a ‘misunderstanding.’
MKO LOOKS FORWARD TO WORKING WITH NEW LEADER
Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Acting Grand Chief Shirley Ducharme said the organization was pleased to hear Pallister will not be seeking re-election.
“We examine forward to working with a leader who is totally dedicated to reality and reconciliation and working with First Nations in a legal way,” Ducharme said in a statement.
LIBERALS EYE PALLISTER’S RIDING, SAY HE IS A SPECTRE THAT WILL HAUNT THE PC PARTY
Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont said the news is not surprising, and said this is a turning point for the province.
“We will notice whether the PC Party is able at all to shake free of Mr. Pallister’s legacy,” Lamont said. “I mediate he is a spectre that will continue to haunt the PCs for the subsequent few years.”
He said the Liberal Party is now eyeing up Pallister’s using of Fort Whyte as a potential Liberal seat if a provincial by-election is called.
CHOOSING NEW LEADER WILL TAKE TIME, POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR SAYS
Kelly Saunders, a Brandon University political science professor, said whomever the party chooses as its new leader will change into the subsequent Premier.
“We attain need a Premier, legal. That is the parliamentary map,” Saunders said.
“The party will must engage a new leader — that is going to take some time. Are we talking three months down the road? Six months down the road? A year down the road? This is all going to take some time to unfold.”
Saunders wasn’t surprised by Pallister’s decision because of old feedback he’s made about his political future. Nevertheless Saunders pointed out, Pallister had been planning to stay on as premier by means of the COVID-19 crisis.
“We’re not out of the pandemic but and the timing, I mediate, is a small coincidental correct approaching the heels of some of the very troubling feedback that he made on issues related to reconciliation,” she said.
Saunders advised Pallister may have been facing force to step aside now to salvage the party’s fortunes.
Pallister said Manitoba is properly positioned to recuperate from the pandemic.
He said that’s why now is the legal time for him personally and for his family to leave public existence after nearly 30 years.
“It’s not easy to make the decision to leave, nevertheless the interrogate has been answered,” Pallister said. “I don’t mediate there’s a better time than now for me to step aside.”