Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba candidates, 2007 Manitoba provincial election

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The Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba fielded fifty-six candidates in the 2007 Manitoba provincial election, and won 19 seats to remain as the Official Opposition party in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Many of the party's candidates have their own biography pages; information about others may be found here.

Candidates[edit]

Assiniboia: Kelly de Groot[edit]

De Groot holds an Advanced Accounting certificate from the University of Manitoba, is a certified management accountant, and has served as a controller and director of finance for Manitoba Conservation.[1] She was a trustee on the St. James-Assiniboia School Division from 2002 to 2006, and made an unsuccessful bid for the Winnipeg City Council in 2006. Her husband is a firefighter, and she received an endorsement from the United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg in the 2006 campaign.[2] Her candidacy was also backed by former Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba Pearl McGonigal.[3]

De Groot is a fiscal conservative, and was described as being on the centrist wing of her party when she sought provincial office.[4]

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes  % Place Winner
2002 municipal St. James-Assiniboia School Division, Kirkfield-St. Charles Ward n/a 4,932 25.27 2/5 Linda Archer, herself and Bruce Chegus
2006 municipal Winnipeg City Council, St. Charles Ward n/a 2,727 26.79 2/4 Grant Nordman
2007 provincial Assiniboia Progressive Conservative 2,686 32.38 2/3 Jim Rondeau, New Democratic Party

Brandon East: Mike Waddell[edit]

Waddell was born on April 1, 1970, and was raised in the Neepawa area. He completed a two-year diploma in Youth Work from CFNI in Surrey, British Columbia, and has been a full-time youth worker.[5] He is also chaplain of the Brandon Wheat Kings hockey team[6] and the founder of a group called Hockey Ministries, and sometimes works as a lay preacher.[7]

He is the son of Ken Waddell, who served as Mayor of Neepawa from 1998 to 2002 and was a candidate for the leadership of the Manitoba Progressive Conservative Party in 2006. Mike worked as his father's campaign manager on the latter occasion.[8] Both his father and mother, Christine Waddell, were Progressive Conservative Party candidates in the 2007 election.

Mike Waddell received 2,655 votes (38.10%), finishing second against New Democratic Party incumbent Drew Caldwell.

Burrows: Rick Negrych[edit]

Negrych participated in the Conservative Party of Canada's Winnipeg North campaign in the 2006 federal election, and was the first Progressive Conservative candidate nominated for the 2007 provincial election.[9] He received 1,005 votes (18.76%), finishing second against New Democratic Party incumbent Doug Martindale.

Elmwood: Allister Carrington[edit]

Carrington has a Political Science degree from the University of Manitoba, and was involved with PC Youth. At the time of the election, he was district manager of retail operation for Husky Energy.[10] He received 1,323 votes (21.01%), finishing second against New Democratic Party incumbent Jim Maloway.

Fort Rouge: Christine Waddell[edit]

Waddell was raised south of Virden in rural Manitoba.[11] She later moved to Winnipeg, where she worked as a librarian and attended Teacher's College.[12] She is now the co-owner of Neepawa Banner and Rivers Banner newspapers with her husband Ken Waddell, and works with youth and agricultural groups.[13] She identified crime as the primary issue during the campaign.[14]

Waddell received 1,202 votes (14.75%), finishing third against New Democratic Party candidate Jennifer Howard. Her husband and her son Mike Waddell were also unsuccessful Progressive Conservative candidates in the 2007 election.

Point Douglas: Alexa Rosentreter[edit]

Rosentreter was born in Winnipeg to a Russian father and German mother. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University, and a Master of Business Administration from Rollins College in Florida. She was once general manager for Manitoba Film and Sound, and at the time of the election was a Business Affairs and Production Manager for Merit Motion Pictures Inc.[15] She received 481 votes (11.98%), finishing third against New Democratic Party incumbent George Hickes.

River Heights: Ashley Burner[edit]

Burner holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba, and has worked for her family's financial services firm for over four years.[16] She helped to organize the "See Jane Run Conference" on women in politics, and was a board member of The Young Associates of the Asper School of Business for 2006-07.[17]

She was previously a candidate for the Progressive Conservative Party in the 2003 provincial election, in the division of Wolseley. In 2006, she worked on Hugh McFadyen's successful campaign to become party leader.[18]

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes  % Place Winner
2003 provincial Wolseley Progressive Conservative 679 11.09 4/4 Rob Altemeyer, New Democratic Party
2007 provincial River Heights Progressive Conservative 2,341 25.11 2/4 Jon Gerrard, Liberal

Transcona: Bryan McLeod[edit]

McLeod is a manager with CanadInns, and has studied political science at the University of Winnipeg.[19] He entered political life by working on the campaigns of Vic Toews and Peter Kaufmann, and has himself campaigned for public office at the municipal, federal and provincial levels.

McLeod first sought election to the Winnipeg City Council in the 2002 municipal election, running in the division of Elmwood-East Kildonan. He focused on neighbourhood revitalization and crime prevention, and finished fourth in a field of four candidates.[20] One year later, he campaigned for the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba in the 2003 provincial election. The party was defeated, and McLeod subsequently wrote a letter openly criticizing leader Stuart Murray.[21]

He later ran for the Conservative Party in the 2004 federal election. At one stage in the campaign, he said that Manitoba Housing residents are 89 times more likely to be victims of crime than people who own their own homes. A provincial aide dismissed this claim as "absurd", and McLeod later indicated that he could not remember where he saw the statistic.[22]

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes  % Place Winner
2002 municipal Winnipeg City Council, Elmwood-East Kildonan n/a 1,548 13.03 4/4 Lillian Thomas
2003 provincial Elmwood Progressive Conservative 1,229 20.49 2/4 Jim Maloway, New Democratic Party
2004 federal Elmwood—Transcona Conservative 7,644 26.11 2/7 Bill Blaikie, New Democratic Party
2007 provincial Transcona Progressive Conservative 1,470 22.16 2/3 Daryl Reid, New Democratic Party

Post-election candidates in by-elections[edit]

Elmwood, 24 March 2009: Adrian Schulz[edit]

Adrian Schulz was born in Germany, and moved to Canada with his family in 1993.[23] He left school at age 14 to start a computer business, and later become the director of operations for a Winnipeg-based mini-conglomerate called The Kitching Group. He has also worked in real estate and consulting, and is the Managing Director of the Actyl Group and President and CEO of Imperial Properties.[24] He was 25 years old at the time of the 2009 election.[25] He received 913 votes (21.11%), finishing second against New Democratic Party candidate Bill Blaikie.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Michelle Dobrovolny, "Candidate Profiles: St. Charles Ward", The Uniter, 21 September 2006, accessed 22 October 2007.
  2. ^ Bartley Kives, "Firefighters like Magnifico in hot St. B race", Winnipeg Free Press, 8 July 2006, B2.
  3. ^ Mary Agnes Welch, "Crime is top of mind in St. Charles", 10 October 2006, B3.
  4. ^ She was 45 years old in 2006. See "Riding to victory", Winnipeg Free Press, 21 April 2007, A6; Mary Agnes Welch, "Fierce battle in sleepy ward", Winnipeg Free Press, 13 October 2006, B2.
  5. ^ "Mike Waddell", Ecclectica: About the Authors, accessed 14 August 2007. See also Mike Waddell, Why I Am Entering Politics, Ecclectica: About the Voices, accessed 14 August 2007.
  6. ^ Hockey player Jordin Tootoo has said that he spent a much time confiding in Waddell after the death of his brother. See Jason Bell, "Hockey soothes brother's pain", Winnipeg Free Press, 25 October 2002, C1.
  7. ^ MIKE WADDELL – Hockey Ministries founder combines hockey with faith, Wheat City Journal, 23 February 2006, accessed 14 August 2007.
  8. ^ Ken Waddell blog, Archive for April 2006, accessed 14 August 2007.
  9. ^ "Rick Negrych First PC Manitoba Candidate Nominated", Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba, 22 June 2006, accessed 1 November 2007; "Burrows", 2007 election profile, Winnipeg Free Press online, accessed 1 November 2007.
  10. ^ "Elmwood: 2007 candidates", Winnipeg Free Press Live, accessed 13 September 2007; "Allister Carrington", Progressive Conservative Party campaign biography from the 2007 election, accessed 7 May 2007
  11. ^ "Christine Waddell: Biography", Christine Waddell, accessed 5 October 2007.
  12. ^ "Christine Waddell: Fort Rouge", Campaign Biography, Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba, accessed 7 May 2007.
  13. ^ "Fort Rouge: 2007 candidates", Winnipeg Free Press Live, accessed 5 October 2007.
  14. ^ David Kuxhaus, "Liberals confident they can pick off NDP riding", Winnipeg Free Press, 17 May 2007, A12.
  15. ^ "Alexa Rosentreter campaign biography", Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba, accessed 7 May 2007; Tracy Tjaden, "$25-M movie in works for city", Winnipeg Free Press, 4 April 2000, A1; Randall King, "City tale to be filmed in Toronto", Winnipeg Free Press, 9 June 2002, D5.
  16. ^ "About Ashley", Ashley Burner campaign site, accessed 31 July 2007.
  17. ^ Gabrielle Giroday, "Young people join mayor's brainstorming", Winnipeg Free Press, 19 April 2006, B4; Karen Wade, "Manitoba movers", Winnipeg Free Press, 6 November 2006, B7. Burner was listed as 24 years old in 2006.
  18. ^ "Murray's old seat likely to remain empty", Winnipeg Free Press, 20 September 2006 [web extra].
  19. ^ Canada's Election 2004: Elmwood—Transcona, accessed 2 March 2007; "Transcona: 2007 Candidates", Winnipeg Free Press Live, accessed 30 September 2007.
  20. ^ Leah Hendry, "Definition of neighbourhood becomes key election issue", Winnipeg Free Press, 22 October 2002, A11. McLeod was 28 years old at the time.
  21. ^ Bryan McLeod, "Tory 'assessment' less than frank" [letter], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 September 2003, A15.
  22. ^ Nick Martin, "Tory's housing claim dismissed as 'absurd'", Winnipeg Free Press, 11 June 2004, A8.
  23. ^ Ilana Simon, "Clowning for a career", Winnipeg Free Press, 12 March 1997, p. 1.
  24. ^ Actyl Group: People, accessed 29 May 2009.
  25. ^ Geoff Kirbyson, "City firm expands its holdings", Winnipeg Free Press, 9 September 2006, B7; Bruce Owen, "PCs name byelection candidates", Winnipeg Free Press, 14 February 2009, B3.