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Pallister weighing run at top Tory job

With Brian Pallister speaking out on the Bipole 3 debate, is this part of his re-entry into politics He admits to giving some thought to a run for the provincial Tory leadership.

With Brian Pallister speaking out on the Bipole 3 debate, is this part of his re-entry into politics He admits to giving some thought to a run for the provincial Tory leadership.

By Greg Vandermeulen

Red River Valley Echo

Former Portage-Lisgar MP Brian Pallister admitted he is considering taking a run at the provincial PC leadership to replace Hugh McFadyen.

"We're definitely thinking it over," Pallister said of he and his family.

He said it's obvious the province would be better off led by the PC party.

"There is no doubt, we believe the province would be better run," he said.

Pallister has considered his family before making decisions like this. He decided not to run again as a federal MP in 2008 after eight years as the MP for Portage-Lisgar.

At that time, he said he wanted his children to get to know their grandparents better.

Since then, two of the grandparents have passed away, but Pallister said the last three years have had a big impact on the family.

"They've been a blessing," he said.

Brian Pallister has had a full political career.

He was the MLA for the Portage la Prairie constituency from 1992-97, serving in Gary Filmon's cabinet.

In 1998, he campaigned for leadership of the federal Conservatives, finishing fourth behind Hugh Segal, David Orchard and eventual winner Joe Clark.

He became an MP in 2000 and held the seat until 2008, when he opted not to run again.

Prior to 2006, Pallister's name had been tossed around as a potential leadership candidate to run against the provincial PC leader Stuart Murray, but he chose not to run then.

"The timing wasn't right," he said.

Although Pallister enjoyed his time away from the political spotlight, he said there are parts of it he misses.

"I love fighting for the underdog," he said.

Pallister said he has not made a firm decision as to his leadership aspirations at this time and is waiting for more information.


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