New leader for governing Progressive Conservatives will be decided Oct. 30

Shelly Glover launched her campaign to become leader of Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives in Winnipeg on Friday. The governing party is scheduled to elect a new leader Oct. 30 to replace Brian Pallister, who recently stepped down as party leader and premier. (Ian Froese/CBC)

Although she cast doubt on pandemic restrictions, the self-described “law-and-order candidate” called on all Manitobans to follow the orders.

By picking a side in the debate over vaccine requirements, Glover is taking a gamble that will divide PC members, said Mamadou Ka, a Université de Saint-Boniface political scientist who ran for the Tories in the 2016 election and a 2018 byelection.

“I think this is a risk that she’s taking, but it’s a calculated risk. She knows exactly what she’s doing.”

Stefanson said in a statement that she’s supportive of the current health orders requiring vaccinations or regular testing, while Martin said in his own statement that public health officials have his full support.

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