The MLA for Dawson Trail will again be the Conservative candidate in the next provincial election.
Bob Lagasse has been the Progressive Conservative MLA for Dawson Trail since 2016. Prior to his life in politics, Lagasse worked in the social services sector. The Lagasse family lives in Landmark.
"Personally, it means that I have an opportunity again to serve the people of Dawson Trail," says Lagasse, referring to the nomination. "Trying to get some of these projects that I've been working on for the past couple of years, kind of see them to completion."
Lagasse says the decision to run for another term in office was an easy one. He says this is something he always discusses ahead of time with his family to ensure he has their support.
Lagasse says since 2016, a lot of provincial funding has come to Dawson Trail for various projects. These projects include road improvements, though he says his greatest joy has come in opening new daycares.
If re-elected, Lagasse says priorities will include dealing with ongoing arena issues in Ste. Anne and Lorette, as well as building a new school in Ste. Anne.
"Ste. Anne is growing by leaps and bounds right now," he notes. "And they are needing a new school."
Further to that, he says if re-elected, he will continue to listen to constituents to find out what their priorities are.
He adds another priority right now is to bring safety improvements to the intersection of Highway 12 and Provincial Road 210 near Ste. Anne. He notes that work is currently in the design phase.
"I did see the other day that there was several province of Manitoba trucks sitting at the intersection, so we are taking it seriously," he says. "It probably will be before the public shortly, the different options for that particular intersection. I am hoping to see it before the election."
"Bob has been a great representative for his constituents in Dawson Trail," says Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson. "His record of public service makes him the best choice to represent the constituency of Dawson Trail. I look forward to working with him as we build a winning team that will continue to earn the trust of Manitobans in the next provincial election."
The next provincial election will be held on or before October 3rd of next year. A number of Conservative MLAs have already announced they will not be seeking re-election. Lagasse cautions against reading into that, noting most of them have served many years in politics and are reaching the age of retirement.