The result of a hard-fought election campaign is bittersweet. The Conservative Party is in healthy shape, and we command a strong 99-member team as we prepare to return to Ottawa as Her Majesty’s Official Opposition. While the result is obviously not what we would have hoped for, I am grateful for everyone’s support in Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa as I return to Ottawa for a third term as your Member of Parliament.
I would like to thank everyone who supported me and the Conservative Party this past election.
We have an important four years ahead of us: primarily, we must be focused on holding the Liberals to account. We will be the strongest Official Opposition Canada has ever seen. The Liberals have made numerous promises; we will ensure these promises are properly planned, costed, and implemented. We will also present alternatives to the Liberals’ high-tax, high-debt, high-deficit plans. I will also be watching very closely to ensure that these promises achieve their objectives and are to the benefit of western Manitoba and Canada.
As well, we will be rebuilding the Conservative Party and preparing for the federal election in 2019. Yesterday we elected Rona Ambrose as our interim leader, which begins the permanent leadership race, to take place in 2016 or 2017.
You can count on me to continue to defend western Manitoba’s interests and ensure that the Liberals respect our way of life. Once again, I want to thank everyone for their support this election.
Robert Sopuck, MP