Manitoba’s governing party sets date, rules and entry fee for leadership race

Manitoba’s governing Progressive Conservatives will choose a new party leader and premier Oct. 30.

The party executive met Monday night and also set down rules, including an entry fee of $25,000.

Premier Brian Pallister announced earlier this month he would not seek re-election, and said Monday he is prepared to step aside within a few weeks.

Pallister also said the future of his planned education reforms and other bills still before the legislature will be decided by his successor, not by him.

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The only person so far who has announced a plan to run for leader is former health minister Heather Stefanson, who has garnered the support of most Tory caucus members.

She has promised to scrap the education reform bill, which would eliminate elected school boards and has faced strong criticism across the province.

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