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LANE: Lamont’s Liberals, doomed to be an also ran

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Two years ahead of the next Manitoba provincial election, Brian Pallister’s PC government has a healthy lead in the polls over both the provincial NDP and Liberal parties. Pallister’s large lead comes from two sources — rural constituencies and a lack of serious competition in Winnipeg. Despite coming off a devastating tour in government under NDP’s Greg Selinger, the NDP still remains competitive in Winnipeg. The Liberals are polling higher than they are likely to get in the next election, as the party seeks to drain off votes from the NDP rather than cultivate the fiscal conservative vote. Dougald Lamont, the recently minted Liberal Party leader, won the St. Boniface constituency — the seat was held for two decades by former NDP Premier Greg Selinger. This brought the Liberal’s seat count in the legislature to four — just enough for party........

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