Manitoba Liberals to Crown New Leader on Saturday

Manitoba Liberal Candidates
Manitoba Liberal Party leadership candidates Rana Bokhari, Dougald Lamont, and Bob Axworthy.

The Manitoba Liberal Party will elect a new leader on Saturday.

To replace outgoing leader Jon Gerrard, the party is holding a Leadership Convention at the Fort Garry Hotel.

Three candidates are vying for the top position in hopes of reinvigorating the party’s footprint on the province’s political map. Lawyer Rana Bokhari — the first candidate to announce her leadership intensions — is up against business owner Dougald Lamont, and political strategist Bob Axworthy.

Voting will be by eligible members of the Manitoba Liberal Party — those in good standing and who have been members 30 days or more prior to the convention and with valid photo identification. In addition to speeches and demonstrations by each contestant, there will be a tribute to outgoing leader Jon Gerrard by former MLP leader Paul Edwards.

Polling results by Probe Research on October showed support for the Manitoba Liberal party has grown to 20% of decided voters, up consistently over the past year and more than double 2011 election levels.