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Goertzen downplays election speculation

By: Dave Baxter

Posted: 04/14/2019 10:23 AM

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Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen says Manitobans should not assume a provincial election is around the corner after other party leaders met face-to-face with Premier Brian Pallister on Monday.

News of the meeting has generated speculation that Pallister will soon call an election, well ahead of the province's fixed election date of Oct. 6, 2020.

"This isn’t an odd thing to happen," Goertzen said of the meetings between Pallister, NDP leader Wab Kinew and Liberal leader Dougald Lamont.

"I know people don’t often follow everything that happens day-to-day with provincial politics and what you would see at Question Period would lead you to believe the leaders maybe don’t speak or don’t speak civilly to one another, and that is not true," he said.

"This is a very common thing between house leaders."

Goertzen said he believes the fact Lamont shared plans for the meeting with media was the reason for the attention it has received.

"What is uncommon is that one of those leaders would run to the media and talk about it, which was the case with Lamont, and then there was all sorts of speculation around it which was unfortunate."

Goertzen would not say if he believes Pallister has any plans to call an early election.

"The premier has been clear there is not going to be an election when we are under a flood watch and we are now and may still be for a while," Goertzen said. "I think it’s a pretty big bridge to go from this meeting being called to say an election will be called."

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