Former radio host Wheeler running in McPhillips

Former Winnipeg radio host Dave Wheeler will run as a Manitoba First candidate for the newly-created McPhillips riding in the 2019 Manitoba provincial election, Wheeler announced on Twitter on Monday, July 8, 2019. The provincial election will be held on Sept. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Twitter/Sun Media)

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Born in Fort MacMurray, Alta., Wheeler moved to Winnipeg in 2003 to become a morning radio host for Power 97 and later moved to 92 CITI in 2012 to host the “Wheeler in The Morning” show. Rogers Communications fired Wheeler in 2018 after making on-air comments deemed to be transphobic and has since hosted his own podcast with his wife Candace Rae.

Wheeler has declined speaking to most traditional media outlets, including The Selkirk Journal, and has communicated his platform through his podcast, live streamed videos on YouTube and his website: Originally running as an independent, Wheeler is a candidate for the Manitoba First party, led by Douglas Petrick, whose platform includes repealing carbon, payroll and land transfer taxes, adopting a harmonized sales tax, banning photo radar and removing the province from the sale of alcohol and cannabis.

Wheeler, one week before joining Manitoba First, took part in an election forum hosted by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs in Winnipeg on Aug. 15. He promoted the use of psychoactive drugs for addictions treatment, more support for special needs children and suggested that the province send wildfire evacuees to people willing to open up their residences.