Manitoba

Popular Winnipeg civic candidates eye federal, provincial seats

An aboriginal candidate who came out of nowhere to place a strong third in Winnipeg's recent mayoral election is eyeing a jump to federal politics.

Robert-Falcon Ouellette placed strong 3rd in mayoral race, Taz Stuart came close in River Heights

An aboriginal candidate who came out of nowhere to place a strong third in Winnipeg's recent mayoral election is eyeing a jump to federal politics.

Robert-Falcon Ouellette placed third in Winnipeg's recent mayoral race, ahead of former city councillor Gord Steeves. (CBC)
Robert-Falcon Ouellette says he has been talking with officials in the Liberal and the New Democratic parties.

He has taken out a Liberal nomination package and has a meeting with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on Friday.

Ouellette says the New Democrats have offered him a choice of Winnipeg ridings and have promised to help him with strategy and volunteers.

Ouellette, who is 37, was virtually unknown before entering the Winnipeg mayoral race.

He gained attention for discussing racism and economic disparity in the city, and finished ahead of four other candidates

Taz Stuart, Winnipeg's former entomologist, did not win the city hall seat he sought in River Heights-Fort Garry. He said he wants to represent the Progressive Conservatives provincially in River Heights, currently held by Liberal Jon Gerrard. (CBC)
​Ouellette is not the only high-profile municipal candidate eyeing a jump to another political level.

Taz Stuart, a former city entomologist, lost in a council race in the River Heights-Fort Garry seat.

He now wants to run for the Progressive Conservatives in the provincial constituency of River Heights, currently held by Liberal Jon Gerrard.