12/23/2015 09:31 EST | Updated 12/23/2015 10:59 EST

Steven Fletcher, Former Tory MP, Running In Manitoba's Provincial Election

Fletcher was defeated in October's federal election.

WINNIPEG — Former Conservative member of Parliament Steven Fletcher is running for a seat in the Manitoba legislature.

Fletcher, who was defeated in October's federal election, was acclaimed as a provincial Tory candidate Wednesday night for the Manitoba election April 19.

Former Tory MP Steven Fletcher in the House of Commons. (Photo: The Canadian Press)

Fletcher is a quadriplegic well-known for his battle for the right to assisted suicide.

He will carry the Tory banner in the Winnipeg constituency of Assiniboia, currently held by the NDP.

The provincial Tories are riding high in opinion polls and the NDP incumbent in Assiniboia, Jim Rondeau, is retiring.

The provincial Tories originally held a nomination meeting in the constituency in November.

It was halted suddenly after questions arose about the legitimacy of some memberships that had been sold.

The two men who were up for the nomination at that meeting withdrew from the race, and Fletcher stepped in as the line candidate.

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