Former Keystone Agricultural Producers president and Portage-area farmer Ian Wishart has announced he's seeking the Tory nomination to become MLA for Portage la Prairie in the next provincial election.

Wishart surprised KAP delegates two weeks ago when he announced his resignation from the farm group.


Wishart says he first reviewed everyone's positions and met with representatives from each party, noting in the end he felt most comfortable with the Conservatives and their policies. He adds he has spoken with Hugh McFadyen about his decision, and says if nominated and elected to office, he will be happy to serve in any role designated by the leader.  Wishart notes the opposition needs to look like a government in waiting, and that is exactly what they endeavour to do. 

Wishart notes he's always worked very hard to reach consensus and find solutions, even in his work with KAP.  He says a fresh approach and some new ideas along with the willingness to listen is important for any politician. 

Wishart adds he hears from producers all the time about the regulatory burden in Manitoba, which he says costs not just farmers but other folks as well.  He notes the province also loses out on development opportunities due to the regulatory approach by the NDP government.  Wishart adds if nominated and elected, he hopes to help government look for the right solutions to the problems facing farmers and all Manitobans.



Listen to the media scrum with Wishart following his announcement:



~ Friday, October 29, 2010 ~