Meet Brian Pallister

Meet Brian Pallister

Brian Pallister has been in politics for a long time. He was first elected in 1992 in the provincial PC government of Gary Filmon and joined Filmon’s cabinet table. He then jumped to federal politics and switched parties to the Canadian Alliance – he thought his old party was becoming too “whiny” and “bitchy”, a party with “PMS” (Globe & Mail, Dec. 8/00). But not before he cashed in taking tens of thousands of dollars from provincial taxpayers in severance payout when he quit his job as MLA (MB Sessional Paper #212, 1997/98).

Pallister was a quiet MP, but he railed against same-sex marriage as a “social experiment,” claiming that we should not “treat all relationships equally” (HOC Hansard, March 24, 2005). He led the way in his opposition to same-sex marriage: “I don’t know if it’s likely we will encounter a more important debate in our generation” (The Hill Times, February 14, 2005).

He also found time to waste federal money as MP in 2006 to conduct a “listening tour” of the province to determine whether he should also run for leader of the provincial PCs, just weeks after a federal election (Winnipeg Free Press, January 28, 2006). Charles Adler summed up his bungled leadership run: “If he is lucky, those who vote…will forget how Pallister manipulated voters and sponged off the taxpayers” (Charles Adler, February 1, 2006).

Now Pallister is back in provincial politics more than two decades after he first started.

His values are the same. His policies are the same. His hidden agenda and reckless cuts are not worth the risk.

FACT: Brian Pallister and his PCs opposed new anti-bullying laws that protect all kids from bullying, including gay students (MB Hansard, September 13, 2013).

FACT: Brian Pallister and his PCs still support wasteful institutions like the Senate – he’s proud the Harper government packed the Senate with dozens of political hacks, including Mike Duffy and Don Plett, the Manitoba PCs' election campaign chair (Winnipeg Free Press, May 4, 2011).

FACT: Brian Pallister rejects a call for a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. He even fired one of his staff for calling for one. About Pallister, Chief Dennis Meeches from Long Plain First Nation, said: “He didn’t consider it part of his mandate to recognize and treat First Nations leaders in the same manner as mayors and reeves in his riding” (Central Plains Herald-Leader, October 25, 2008).