1) There was a pretty strong rumour going around back in spring 2006 that the reason Brian Pallister did not seek to replace Stu Murray was that his eldest daughter was adamantly against leaving Ottawa and her school and her friends there. This was as reasonable an explanation as any other, including the idea that Brian didn't want to risk it because his full pension had not kicked in yet.
That might have made the Pallisters realize that their daughters did not feel a connection to their home province and it wouldn't surprise me in the least if they decided right there and then to return as soon as possible in order to give the teens some semblance of Manitoba life before they head off to university and possibly leave the province for good?
3) I've got people telling me that David Faurschou *is* looking at a run. I've also got others telling me he's absolutely not thinking of a run. I tend to believe the latter group, though I cannot see why he wouldn't look at it at least.
4) Non-Portage Related: The CEO search continues....Just hire Doug for the job already and be done with it. (Though I'm really starting to wonder on that Steek thing...)