May 2, 2014 8:49 am

Manitoba Tory leader wants apology from NDP over wife comment

Manitoba Opposition Leader Brian Pallister is demanding an apology after his wife was mentioned by an NDP government member in an interview.

Wayne Cuddington / Postmedia

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Opposition Leader Brian Pallister is demanding an apology from the NDP government after one New Democrat referenced Pallister’s wife in a media interview.

It’s unfair to go after the spouses or children of political opponents, Pallister said.

The Progressive Conservative leader is upset with backbencher Tom Nevakshonoff, who was quoted in a weekly newspaper as saying Pallister would like to cut funding for roads.

According to the newspaper, Nevakshonoff said Pallister might spare road work in the Interlake region because his wife is from the area.

Pallister raised the issue in question period, and Premier Greg Selinger said he hadn’t seen the report but would look into it.

Matt Williamson, the premier’s press secretary, said in a written statement that Nevakshonoff was not targeting Pallister’s wife.

“Mr. Pallister has included his wife in many pieces of campaign literature and she’s featured prominently in his own bio. (Nevakshonoff) simply pointed out she is from Arborg,” Williamson wrote.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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