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Progressive Conservatives lead early in Manitoba election


WINNIPEG — Brian Pallister’s Progressive Conservatives jumped to an early lead Tuesday in the Manitoba election.

Pallister is seeking a second consecutive mandate after his Tories ended 17 years of NDP government by winning 40 of 57 seats in 2016.

Pallister dropped the writ more than a year ahead of the scheduled voting date, hoping to secure backing to continue his program of cost-cutting and tax reductions.

It was a four-week summertime campaign that offered few surprises and saw Pallister run a front-runner’s campaign.

He participated in only one leaders debate and most of his campaign promises were small additions to measures taken in his first term.

The New Democrats, with 12 seats and under leader Wab Kinew, aimed to win back government or at the very least shore up the support that deserted them in 2016.

“Our work is done. Now it’s up to the people of Manitoba to make their choice,” Kinew said outside the legislature earlier Tuesday.

It was a campaign that focused on health care and money.

Pallister reduced the provincial sales tax by one point to seven per cent and fulfilled an election promise to reduce annual deficits, but his fiscal restraint has stirred up controversy.

Subsidies for everything from public housing to sleep apnea machines to physiotherapy have been cut. Three hospital emergency departments in Winnipeg have been downgraded and no longer handle life-threatening cases such as heart attacks.

The New Democrats focused on Pallister’s health-care reforms throughout the campaign and promised to reverse some of the changes.

Opinion polls have suggested the election has been a contest between two leaders who are not popular on a personal level.

Pallister has been criticized for the five or so weeks he spends each year at his vacation home in Costa Rica and for making unscripted remarks, such as when he warned of a possible “race war” over Indigenous spotlight-hunting at night.

Kinew has come under scrutiny over criminal charges that included two counts of assaulting a former girlfriend that were stayed by the Crown.

The Liberals hit the hustings with new leader Dougald Lamont, who won the St. Boniface byelection in 2018. That win gave the Liberals four seats and official party status — something they hoped to maintain at the very least.

The Liberals ran on boosting public spending by $1.4 billion or more annually, mainly to aid health care and education.

The Green Party of Manitoba, headed by James Beddome, hoped to make an electoral breakthrough that narrowly eluded it in 2016, when candidate David Nickarz was the runner-up to the NDP by fewer than 400 votes in the central Winnipeg constituency of Wolseley. Nickarz is back for a second try.


Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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Trudeau was only one in dark makeup at 2001 party but nobody took offence: attendee



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VANCOUVER — A man who attended an “Arabian Nights” gala held by a private school in Vancouver says no one besides Justin Trudeau attended in skin-darkening makeup, but no one else there was dressed as Aladdin.

Wayne Hamill, who is white, says he doesn’t recall anyone expressing any offence over Trudeau’s costume or “brownface” makeup at the time.

Hamill went to the 2001 party because his kids were West Point Grey Academy students and he says the future Liberal leader’s costume was in keeping with the theme and others were dressed as belly dancers or wearing saris or veils.

He says he’s not a Trudeau supporter but he believes the uproar over a photograph showing Trudeau made up in brownface is unfair because it’s applying today’s standards to yesterday’s context.

Trudeau has apologized for the image and others that have emerged of him wearing skin-darkening makeup, saying he had a blind spot because of his privilege and he deeply regrets behaviour he now recognizes as racist.

He says in his 2014 book, “Common Ground,” that teaching at West Point Grey Academy gave him new insights into the “privileged lives” of private-school students that he didn’t glean from his own advantaged upbringing.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 20, 2019.

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Ontario Human Rights Commission unveils new policy to tackle racial profiling



VAUGHAN, Ont. — Ontario’s Human Rights Commission says racial profiling in law enforcement is profoundly harmful.

It says the police practice hurts black, Indigenous and other racialized communities.

The commission today released a new policy on eliminating racial profiling called Under Suspicion.

It says it’s the first such policy in the country.

Recommendations include acknowledging the problem, collecting data on police stops and independent accountability.

It also calls for officers to wear body cameras.


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