The chief of Manitoba’s Official Opposition claims one of many candidates vying to develop into chief of the governing Progressive Conservative Social gathering reached out to the NDP with grime on her competitors.
NDP chief Wab Kinew claims Shelly Glover’s marketing campaign shared considerations about gross sales of PC memberships by Heather Stefanson’s marketing campaign.
The PCs will select one of many two ladies to develop into the celebration’s subsequent chief — and Manitoba’s subsequent premier — on Oct. 30.
Kinew claimed Glover tried to enlist the NDP’s assist in her effort to assert the job.
“The Glover marketing campaign reached out to the NDP every week in the past to attempt to use us for a takedown of Heather Stefanson. The Glover camp then offered us with compromising data,” Kinew mentioned on the ground of the Manitoba Legislature.
Kinew then claimed the Glover marketing campaign alleged the Stefanson marketing campaign has bought PC memberships improperly.
“We name on the Glover marketing campaign to clarify to PC celebration members why they’re attempting to make use of the NDP to win that management race. We name on the marketing campaign being run by the member for Tuxedo to reply to the allegation of irregular memberships.”
The NDP later shared screenshots of texts despatched from a Glover marketing campaign spokesperson to an NDP MLA. Within the texts, the Glover spokesperson famous Stefanson bought some PC memberships straight by way of the her marketing campaign web site whereas Election Manitoba guidelines appear to forbid the apply.
Stefanson’s marketing campaign mentioned the Progressive Conservative Social gathering has already dismissed the Glover marketing campaign’s grievance concerning the Tuxedo MLA’s membership gross sales.
The Progressive Conservative Social gathering declined to touch upon the grievance.
“We is not going to be commenting on the interior complaints course of,” celebration spokesperson Keith Stewart mentioned Wednesday in a press release.
The Glover marketing campaign additionally declined to touch upon the grievance.
“There are a selection of issues being reviewed by the PC celebration and as such it will be inappropriate for the marketing campaign to remark right now,” Glover spokesperson David MacKay mentioned Wednesday in a press release.
Elections Manitoba additionally declined to say whether or not it’s trying right into a grievance.
“I am afraid my coverage is to not disclose whether or not an investigation is ongoing, nor to debate the progress of an investigation,” elections commissioner Invoice Bowles mentioned Wednesday in a press release.
Stefanson’s marketing campaign known as the allegations of collusion between Glover and the NDP unlucky.
“It doesn’t sit nicely with the values of our PC celebration. Whereas the Shelly Glover marketing campaign would reasonably work with the NDP than our PC celebration members, Heather will work laborious for all PC members, no matter who they help, and all Manitobans,” Stefanson’s marketing campaign mentioned in a press release.
Glover’s marketing campaign denied Kinew’s allegations.
In a press release, a Glover spokesperson mentioned “a marketing campaign volunteer, in a private trade with an NDP MLA, has shared data associated to marketing campaign guidelines however not at all requested the NDP to take motion on the marketing campaign’s behalf.”
The NDP recognized that volunteer as the identical Glover spokesperson.
“It’s clear the NDP Chief may be very involved that the following chief of the Progressive Conservative Social gathering of Manitoba will likely be a robust and succesful lady. And he or she will likely be main a renewed and united PC celebration greater than able to successful the following election,” the Glover marketing campaign mentioned.
“Mr. Kinew’s makes an attempt to immediate division in our celebration are the kind of low-rent political video games he likes to play. However it is not going to work.”
On the ground of the legislature, Deputy Premier Rochelle Squires accused Kinew of pulling a stunt.
“It is apparent that the chief of the opposition is obsessive about the Manitoba PC celebration management and I can guarantee you if he retains up with stunts like that, he’ll have loads of alternatives to speak about his personal management in due time,” Squires mentioned.
Earlier than Kinew raised his allegation about Glover’s marketing campaign, he claimed the previous Conservative MP is attempting to cater to folks against COVID-19 whereas additionally stating she helps vaccination.
“You’re being exploited by individuals who will say or do something to advance their careers,” Kinew mentioned in reference to feedback Glover made about “pure immunity” to CBC Information and to Western Normal, a conservative publication primarily based in Alberta.
Glover instructed each media retailers health-care staff who contracted COVID imagine they need to be exempt from Manitoba’s directive they get vaccinated by Monday or take speedy COVID checks as much as 3 times every week.
Glover later clarified she doesn’t imagine contracting COVID needs to be an exemption.