Bob Axworthy said Fort Whyte needs to open their minds to a different kind of politician, during a formal candidacy introduction Wednesday morning.
“I know it might sound a bit idealistic – and I hope to stand to my ideals – I want to stand up for the people of Fort Whyte,” said Axworthy.
The younger brother of Lloyd and Tom Axworthy will be running against Manitoba Progressive Conservative leader Brian Pallister in the Fort Whyte by-election on Sept. 4, the riding of former PC leader Hugh McFadyen.
“I have lived in Fort Whyte for 13 years… I know the issues,” said Axworthy, who said his primary concerns and focus for the riding are infrastructure, recreation, busy streets, and daycares.
Axworthy criticized Pallister for not living in the Fort Whyte riding. Axworthy also criticized the PC’s recent cuts to environmental sciences in Manitoba.
“How do you, Mr. Pallister, talk about a have-province, when your leader of your federal party destroys this province,” said Axworthy.
Manitoba Liberal leader Dr. Jon Gerrard said he’s thrilled to have Axworthy running in Fort Whyte because of his passion for working hard, and helping people.
Dr. Gerrard will be stepping down from his position as leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party before the next provincial election. Axworthy made no direct comment on whether or not he would run for leadership.
“I’m interested in representing the people of Fort Whyte today, and on Sept. 4,” he said.