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McFadyen keeps seat but has lost election

FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 04, 2011 09:02 PM CDT | UPDATED: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 04, 2011 09:12 PM CDT

Hugh McFadyen has lost the provincial election, leaving many to wonder whether he's also set to lose his leadership of Manitoba's Progressive Conservative Party.

McFadyen, who was first elected as a PC MLA in the Fort Whyte riding in a 2005 byelection, became Tory leader in April 2006, succeeding Stuart Murray.

This was McFadyen's second provincial campaign at the helm of the party. He lost out to Premier Gary Doer in 2007, when the NDP won their third-straight majority government.

McFadyen had previously served as an advisor to former Tory Premier Gary Filmon in the 1990s and served as campaign manager for Mayor Sam Katz's successful mayoral campaign in 2004.

McFadyen's campaign largely focussed on law-and-order issues and arguing that the Tories offered more viable long-term fiscal management than the NDP.

Throughout the campaign, the NDP targetted McFadyen's past work for Premier Gary Filmon. NDP ads made claims the Tories would privatize Hydro, based on McFadyen's role as Gary Filmon's "right hand man" when the Tories of the 1990s privatized MTS.

New Democrat TV spots also made the claim that Manitoba's previous Conservative government, which McFadyen had been a part of, "fired 1,000 nurses" during the 1990s. The TV ad also poked fun at the quality of McFadyen's suits.



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