In a process that has not been seen for some time, through four nomination meetings, Dan Mazier of the Forrest/Justice area north of Brandon beat out two other candidates to become the next Conservative leader for the Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa riding.
Fresh from his declared win on Saturday, Mazier attended Larry Maguire’s townhall on rural crime in Virden, Tuesday evening, Nov. 13.
“The riding itself has not gone through that process since 2004,” said Mazier, “when Inky Mark went up against Ken Wadell.”
A few years later Robert Sopuck took leadership in the riding in a bi-election.
Mazier’s running mates were Ben Fox, former President of Manitoba Beef Producers and Floyd Martens a former trustee of Mountain View School Division.
“It was a hard-fought race,” said Mazier, adding that he is better off for the experience. Now he is heading down the campaign trail for the next federal election in October of 2019.
He was already acquainted with the other two runners and said, “It was good. We got to know each other in a whole different way. I know we’re all on the same page as far as wanting Conservatives to win in the next election.”
He travelled the constituency for this leadership race and credits a strong team for helping him cover the ground.
This riding to the north of Virden takes in the municipalities of Ellice-Archie, Miniota, a portion of Wallace-Woodworth and Sioux Valley. Geographically it is huge, extending from Macgregor on the east to the Saskatchewan border. The northern boundary lies about 100 miles north of Swan River.