Opposition Tory leader Hugh McFadyen takes his final kick at the NDP government during his last week in the legislative assembly. (TOM BRODBECK/QMI AGENCY)
Manitobans have known for months that Hugh McFadyen was leaving politics. Now we know where he's headed: Calgary.
The outgoing Tory leader announced Thursday he will resign the leadership, along with his Fort Whyte seat, on July 30 to take a position at consulting firm DFH Public Affairs. McFadyen will be heading up the Toronto-based company's new Calgary office. He will divide his time between there and Winnipeg.
McFadyen failed to increase his party's seat count in his six-plus years as leader. Following his party's devastating defeat at the polls last October, McFadyen announced he would step down as soon as a new leader was selected.
Brian Pallister, a former Tory MLA and MP, is the only declared candidate in the race. If no one else enters the race by July 28, and it's unlikely anyone will, Pallister will be acclaimed as leader.