Manitoba Election 2016: PC Leader Brian Pallister wins in Fort Whyte

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It’s a historic night for Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister who won his Winnipeg seat in the provincial election.

Pallister, 61, first won the Fort Whyte riding in a 2012 byelection after taking over as leader of the Progressive Conservatives.

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He will also serve as the province’s 22nd premier as the Tories defeated Greg Selinger and the NDP.

“What a great night,” Pallister told cheering supporters. “The only thing better than tonight in Manitoba is tomorrow.”

“All Manitobans are going to walk out into a beautiful spring morning and the sky is going to be blue.”

The riding of Fort Whyte has been held by the Conservatives since it was first created in 1999.

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Polls showed Pallister and the Tories were predicted to come out on top in the provincial election ending the 17 years of NDP government in Manitoba.

In the lead up to election day, Pallister had been on the defensive over a vacation home in he owns in Costa Rica and the amount of time spent there.

Pallister had campaigned on promises to invest in infrastructure and reduce the provincial sales tax to seven per cent from eight. He has also said the PCs will raise income tax brackets with inflation and join the New West Partnership trade agreement with other western provinces.