Obby Khan wins PC Fort Whyte nomination

Obby Khan. Global News / File

After a two-day voting process, the PC Party of Manitoba has announced Obby Khan as the official candidate to represent the party in the Fort Whyte by-election.

“I’m very honoured that the members in Fort Whyte put their trust in me to represent our party,” said Khan.

The Fort Whyte seat became vacant recently when outgoing PC leader Brian Pallister announced his resignation in October.

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The PC Fort Whyte constituency association membership more than doubled in the month prior to the vote.

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“Obby is a fantastic candidate and a strong community leader. I’d also like to thank all three candidates, their families and their supporters who ran for nomination and for believing in our party and our movement,” said Heather Stefanson, leader of the PC Party of Manitoba.

Khan, a former Blue Bomber and current owner of several restaurants in Winnipeg, beat two other nominees: Melanie Maher and Dr. Navroop Warriach.

He’ll go up against NDP’s Trudy Schroeder and Liberal Willard Reaves – another former Blue Bomber.

During the announcement, Stefanson said the PC party has made a number of priorities moving forward:

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