A list of milestones in Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister's political career

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WINNIPEG — A timeline of major events in Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister's political career:

Sept. 15, 1992: Pallister wins a provincial byelection in Portage la Prairie. He is re-elected in 1995 and elevated to cabinet as minister for government services.

April 1997: Pallister resigns his provincial seat to run in the federal election for the Progressive Conservatives. He loses to a Reform Party candidate.

November 2000: Pallister wins the Portage-Lisgar riding for the Canadian Alliance. He is re-elected under the Conservative banner and announces in 2008 he will not run again.

July 2012: Pallister returns to provincial politics and becomes leader of the Progressive Conservatives unopposed.

April 2016: Pallister leads the Progressive Conservatives to the largest Manitoba majority government in a century. The party captures 40 of 57 legislature seats.

September 2019: Pallister's Tories are re-elected with 36 seats after he calls voters to the polls a year early.

July 2021: Pallister makes comments on Canadian history that Indigenous leaders say downplay the harmful effects of residential schools. His Indigenous relations minister quits two days later.

Aug 10, 2021: On the eve of a caucus retreat, Pallister announces he will not seek re-election and asks the Progressive Conservative party to begin planning for a new leader. The party selects Oct. 30 for a vote.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 29, 2021.

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