Sam Fabro (l) and Alan Scarth (r), get help from brothers Noah (l-r), Adam and Milan, in unveiling FortWhyte Alive, the new branding of the former Fort Whyte Centre.
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WINNIPEG - Residents of Winnipeg's Fort Whyte constituency won't be without an MLA for long.
The provincial government has announced a Sept. 4 byelection to fill the seat vacated by former Progressive Conservative leader Hugh McFadyen who resigned July 30.
Brian Pallister, the party's new leader, will run for the Tories in the riding.
The constituency, which McFadyen had represented since 2007, has long been a stronghold for the Conservatives.
Pallister, a former Tory MP and MLA who has re-entered politics following a few years in private-sector financial services, said he's disappointed in the quick byelection call that's catching the area's families off-guard during their summer vacation.
"This is clearly a rushed call designed to serve the NDP's benefit," Pallister said Friday.
"It is, after all, a pretty precious time in August for people to get together or get away."
The governing New Democrats have nominated Brandy Schmidt, community engagement manager for the MS Society of Canada in Manitoba, to run for the Fort Whyte seat.
Nominations will be open until Aug. 20.
Advance polls are slated to run from Aug. 25 to Sept. 1.