POLITICS

Brian Pallister unopposed for Tory leadership in Manitoba

07/28/2012 09:56 EDT | Updated 09/27/2012 05:12 EDT
Brian Pallister is set to become the next leader of the Manitoba Progressive Conservative party after a nomination process closed Saturday with him being the only person seeking the job.

Pallister will replace Hugh McFadyen, who announced he was stepping down after disappointing results in the provincial election held last fall.

In the Oct. 4 election, the NDP won 37 of the province's 57 seats, the PCs earned 19 seats, and Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard kept that party's sole seat.

Pallister, a financial analyst, has previously served as a Manitoba MLA for Portage la Prairie from 1992 to 1997, and as a federal MP for Portage-Lisgar from 2000 to 2008 — first as a member of the Canadian Alliance and then as a member of the Conservative Party after the merger of the Alliance and Progressive Conservative parties.

While with the provincial government, he was a cabinet minister under Gary Filmon, the premier at the time.