Brian Pallister is the Premier of Manitoba, having led the Progressive Conservatives to victory in the April 19, 2016 election over incumbent New Democrats..
Pallister first became involved in provincial politics 24 years ago. He was first elected to Manitoba’s Legislative Assembly in 1992 following a by-election in Portage la Prairie. In 1995, he was named to the provincial Cabinet as Minister of Government Services, until he stepped down in 1997 to pursue federal opportunities.
He ran in the federal election in Portage-Lisgar for the federal Conservatives in the 1997 election, but lost to Reform Party incumbent Jake Hoeppner.
Following his failed election bid, Pallister ran for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. He finished fourth on the first ballot, and withdrew a few days later, as Joe Clark went on to win the leadership. Following his failed leadership bid, Pallister ran in the 2000 federal election for the Alliance Party, and was elected for the riding of Portage-Lisgar.
Following the merger of the Alliance and Progressive Conservative Parties, Pallister was re-elected in 2004, and served as the newly-founded Conservative Party of Canada’s Critic for the Minister of National Revenue in the Official Opposition shadow cabinet.
Pallister was easily re-elected in the 2006 election that saw the Conservatives take power, and served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade and Minister of International Cooperation. In 2008, he announced would not run in the next federal election.
He successfully ran for the provincial party leadership in 2012, and served as leader of the Official Opposition until the 2016 election.