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Portage La Prairie Central Plains Herald Leader (Newspaper) - January 12, 2008, Portage La Prairie, ManitobaPortage Toyota since 1973 Highway 1a West 857 7874 or 1 888 481 9915 dealer # 0561 e mail sales Portage. Toyota. Ca wow. Portage Toyota. Com the hybrids Are Here up to $ 4,000 in govt rebates available 08 Prius 08 Highlander 08 camry 71 mpg City 67 Hwy. 38 mpg City 35 Hwy. 50 mpg City & Hwy. News Reading woes festival of ice Portage la Prairie 5 Oakville Elie 6 Macgregor Austin 7 Gladstone Plumas 8 illiteracy rate among natives in Urban areas is alarming 3 Portage Macdonald residents skate along with National team members 25 $ 1 00 includes tax sports Central Plains realty wow. Relax . Ca Kara Koss 856 9999 buying or Selling each re Max � office is independently owned & operated. Wow. Phera Loleader. Com a group of Portage teens is learning the meaning of the term both at Home and around the Globe see Page 11 social Justice Portage la Prairie saturday january 12, 200 8 year 19 no. 29 by John Cairns Central Plains Herald Leader supporters of Brian Pallister Are still in the process of absorbing the news the longtime my for Portage Lisgar is leaving politics. Pallister said a desire to return to Portage was Paramount in his decision to retire from politics after nearly 16 years. I believe its time for my family and i to return Home to the area we love the most and make our future Here Pallister said on wednesday. The decision was made with his wife Esther. The entire family will be returning to the Portage la Prairie area including his daughters Quinn and Shawn. The search is now on to find a replacement for the conservative my who will not seek another term in parliament. Tom Hyde who is acting president of the Portage Lisgar conservative Riding association said already a committee has been set up to run the nomination meeting and find possible candidates. We expect to find really Good people who Are highly qualified for the Job and carry on that tradition of Strong representation for one of the most attractive areas of the country said Hyde. He said the association is not planning to Rush into holding a nomination meeting but expects it to be held within the next two or three months so a candidate is in place if a snap Federal election is called. Pallister formally informed the Riding association of his decision on Jan. 8. Staff members were told a Day earlier. Party officials say it is too Early to say who will seek the nomination and there is no word about who is interested in running. Bill Linden a former Portage mayor and longtime Pallister supporter said Many possible candidates never even considered the seat becoming vacant. Up to this moment no one has really thought of Brian quitting and so there has been nobody looking to be the my for Portage Lisgar. But Itell come people will Start to think about it and it will develop Linden said. Portage la Prairie la David Faurschou who himself won a closely fought and High profile nomination fight at the provincial level in 2006, expects the Federal nomination race to attract interest. Many persons will give it very careful consideration especially Given this area being conservative and the Federal government being a conservative government he said. Faurschou said the news of pal listers departure was not expected but noted the toll holding elected office can take on family and personal life. I can certainly appreciate the demands that politics places upon elected individuals said the la who won the seat left vacant by Pallister. One could effectively fill an 18 hour Day and still leave things undone. Its a High intensity Job said Rusty Rutherford a Long time Volunteer and supporter of the my. I respect where hers coming from he wants to spend time with his family. Rutherford noted pal listers contributions to the Riding with his 50 town tally during the summer and his seven wonders of Portage Lisgar list. These Are All things that Are being copied by other maps now said Rutherford. The next step for the Riding association Board is to Start the process to find a candidate to run for the conservatives in the next Federal election. Hyde said the nomination race will be exciting for the party. We expect a contest we expect a lot of interest in the Job said Hyde. He expects to see some changes in the local executive and expects supporters of the eventual nominee will want to get involved in an Active Way at the Board level. Pallister currently sits in Cabinet As the parliamentary Secretary for International Trade and International co operation. My leaves big shoes to fill Clarise Klassen Central Plains Herald Leader Portage Lisgar my Brian Pallister is in his final term in the Federal government. Pallister unexpectedly announces he will retire from politics for family reasons

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