Manitobans go to the polls in less than a month on Tuesday, September 10. Out of the electoral divisions that include the City of Brandon many political observers in the province may be most closely watching Brandon East, where incumbent Len Isleifson is to be challenged by former Brandon City Councillor Lonnie Patterson (NDP) and addictions treatment advocate Kim Longstreet (Liberal).
Isleifson’s name (and the associated blue colour of campaign branding) of course jumps off the page of past winners of the constituency, which had been NDP orange for a large portion of a generation from 1969 until Isleifsen won it in 2016. September’s vote may be seen as telling as far as whether East has politically shifted away from that history or whether perhaps the electorate in 2016 was simply ready for change from what they saw from Drew Caldwell and party leadership at the time.
Longstreet’s Liberals do not have a history of success in the city’s East provincially, but shouldn’t be discounted as having an impact here based on the candidate’s name recognition in the community.
Of note, this will be the first election under new boundaries that see a portion of what was previously Brandon East territory now falling within the boundaries of the Spruce Woods Division. To verify your electoral division you can visit https://www.electionsmanitoba.ca/en/Voting/WhatsMyElectoralDivision
What are the most important issues to you in Brandon East? Who will win in 2019? You can have your say in a discussion thread that’s been ongoing on the upcoming election at https://ebrandon.ca/messagethread.aspx?message_id=1039369&cat_id=3