POLITICS

Son of former city Winnipeg councillor will run in Manitoba byelection

08/16/2012 12:12 EDT | Updated 10/16/2012 05:12 EDT
WINNIPEG - The Manitoba Green Party has picked its candidate for an upcoming byelection.

Donnie Benham, the son of former Winnipeg city councillor Donald Benham, will carry the Green banner in the Fort Whyte constituency.

Benham says if elected, he would put forward a private member's bill that would require any politician who quits between elections to repay their pensions.

He says politicians who quit mid-term cost taxpayers a lot of money by forcing byelections.

The Fort Whyte byelection is set for Sept. 4 to replace Hugh McFadyen (mihk-FAH'-den), the former Progressive Conservative leader who stepped down after failing to improve Tory fortunes in last year's election.

Fort Whyte is considered a safe Tory seat and the party is running its new leader, Brian Pallister, against the NDP's Brandy Schmidt and the Liberals' Bob Axworthy.