Doer top pick for Manitoba premier – Winnipeg


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Gary Doer remains a powerful presence in Manitoba politics: much to the chagrin of current contenders for the province’s top job. 

 

The former NDP premier – who quit politics in 2009 to become Canadian ambassador the United States – remains the favourite among Manitoba voters to win the premier’s chair in the province’s October 4th election, according to Global’s Canada’s Pulse Poll released Monday. 

 

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The survey conducted by Ipsos Reid asked Manitobans, “who do you think would be the best premier of Manitoba” – but included a number of potential “candidates” who aren’t even on the list. Doer scored highest, with 38% support, compared to 22% for Progressive Conservate Leader Hugh McFadyen and 17% for New Democratic Party leader Greg Selinger, who won the leadership to replace the charismatic Doer. Liberal leader Jon Gerrard scored only 5 %, behind two other men are not even part of the provincial election campaign: Winnipeg mayor Sam Katz (10%) and Winnipeg Jets owner Mark Chipman (8%). 

 

“It’s not a surprise at all,” Selinger said Monday when asked about the continuing popularity of the man who’s electoral success he’s trying to replicate. Doer won three straight majority governments in 1999, 2003 and 2007. 

 

“He was premier at a time when Manitobans were going through a lot of infrastructure,” University of Winnipeg political scientist says of Doer, who spearheaded big building projects like the MTS Centre, Floodway expansion and others. “But again, likeability matters.” 

 

When the non-candidates are removed from the question, Selinger leads with 46%, McFadyen trails at 37% and Gerrard is at 17%. 


Gary Doer remains a powerful presence in Manitoba politics: much to the chagrin of current contenders for the province’s top job. 

 

The former NDP premier – who quit politics in 2009 to become Canadian ambassador the United States – remains the favourite among Manitoba voters to win the premier’s chair in the province’s October 4th election, according to Global’s Canada’s Pulse Poll released Monday. 

 

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The survey conducted by Ipsos Reid asked Manitobans, “who do you think would be the best premier of Manitoba” – but included a number of potential “candidates” who aren’t even on the list. Doer scored highest, with 38% support, compared to 22% for Progressive Conservate Leader Hugh McFadyen and 17% for New Democratic Party leader Greg Selinger, who won the leadership to replace the charismatic Doer. Liberal leader Jon Gerrard scored only 5 %, behind two other men are not even part of the provincial election campaign: Winnipeg mayor Sam Katz (10%) and Winnipeg Jets owner Mark Chipman (8%). 

 

“It’s not a surprise at all,” Selinger said Monday when asked about the continuing popularity of the man who’s electoral success he’s trying to replicate. Doer won three straight majority governments in 1999, 2003 and 2007. 

 

“He was premier at a time when Manitobans were going through a lot of infrastructure,” University of Winnipeg political scientist says of Doer, who spearheaded big building projects like the MTS Centre, Floodway expansion and others. “But again, likeability matters.” 

 

When the non-candidates are removed from the question, Selinger leads with 46%, McFadyen trails at 37% and Gerrard is at 17%.