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Steven Fletcher looking to move back into federal politics

Steven Fletcher announced Monday on Facebook that he will seek the Conservative nomination in the federal consistency.
Steven Fletcher announced Monday on Facebook that he will seek the Conservative nomination in the federal consistency. File / Global News

WINNIPEG – A  politician who now sits as an Independent member of the Manitoba legislature says he’s making another run for federal politics.

Steven Fletcher announced Monday on Facebook that he will seek the Conservative nomination in the federal consistency of Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley.

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Fletcher previously held the federal seat from 2004 until he was defeated in 2015, and served in the cabinet of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

He then won a provincial seat as a member of the Progressive Conservatives when the party won power in 2016.

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But he was removed from caucus and was forced to sit as an Independent after he criticized the government over its decision to set up an entity separate from Manitoba Hydro to promote energy efficiency.

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Fletcher says in his Facebook post that he will continue his role as an MLA for Assiniboia in the upcoming legislature session.

(The Canadian Press)