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Pallister considers entering provincial PC leadership race

Greg Vandermeulen, Red River Valley Echo
(File Photo QMI Agency)   Former Portage-Lisgar MP Brian Pallister is considering making a run for Manitoba Tory leader.

(File Photo QMI Agency) Former Portage-Lisgar MP Brian Pallister is considering making a run for Manitoba Tory leader.

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.

Pallister 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 [being with the children] been a blessing," he said.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE

Brian Pallister has had an exciting 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, a job he held until 2008, when he refused 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.

NOT THE RIGHT TIME

"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. "I don't even know the rules yet," he said.



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