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Conservative MP Shelly Glover won’t seek re-election in upcoming election

Conservative MP Shelly Glover will not seek re-election in upcoming federal election.
Conservative MP Shelly Glover will not seek re-election in upcoming federal election. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

WINNIPEG – It came as a political blindside. Shelly Glover announced Friday she will not be seeking re-election to the House of Commons for the upcoming election.

Glover said she was proud of her record on crime and justice legislation, but in a statement said, “This past 18 months has been particularly difficult for me and my family as we have dealt with some very serious health issues while I was away from home.”

Her departure this fall means there is a vacancy at the top for the federal Tories.

“I think the federal conservatives will be looking to see who is elected in the next federal election before we see who the next regional minister is for the conservatives,” said political scientist Christopher Adams.

Glover was a former Winnipeg Police officer and wrestled the St. Boniface riding away from the liberals eight years ago.

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The bilingual and Metis cabinet minister was able to win over women voters, according to this political scientist.

“Three of the candidates that have been successful among urban women voters in Winnipeg have been Joy Smith, a woman, Joyce Bateman, a woman, and Shelly Glover, a woman,” said Adams.

Glover was expected to take on Liberal challenger and long time city councillor Dan Vandal in St.Boniface in one of the most hotly contested battles in the upcoming election.

“Whoever the Tories finally choose to run against me in the next election will not be as strong a candidate as Shelly Glover… for me that’s good news,” said Vandal.

Canadians head to the polls on October 19th.

Glover says she would like to go back to being a police officer.

 

 

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