Manitoba had a party leadership contest last week, where the governing Progressive Conservatives voted to elect a new leader, to replace outgoing Premier Brian Pallister. Since the PCs have a majority in the House, the new leader automatically becomes Premier.
Two candidates, Heather Stefanson and Shelly Glover, contested the leadership race, which was organised by the party. The vote was announced a week ago, with Stefanson taking 8,405 votes, Glover taking 8,042; a difference of 363 votes.
The Lt Gov has already sworn Stefanson in as the next premier.
But, Glover has announced a court challenge in the Manitoba Queen’s Bench. She says that the initial vote tally she received from the party had a different number of total votes cast, and that she was leading until the end, when there were more votes for Stefanson. There are also allegations that men took boxes of ballots out of the counting area, that Glover’s scrutineers were not allowed to watch, and that not all party members received their mail-in ballots.
It’s not at all clear if the Court has jurisdiction to entertain the application, since party leadership races are considered private matters for the party membership to determine, and are not regulated by the province.
Story actually made the New York Times for some reason (may be paywalled). I guess election challenges are now always news.
On the one hand, I certainly support the need for clean elections. On the other hand, the allegations sound awfully similar to what we’ve been hearing down south, which makes me wonder …
Stay tuned, I guess.