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Ex-Manitoba Liberal Leader Running for Top Job Six Years After Being Forced Out

Ex-Manitoba Liberal Leader Running for Top Job Six Years After Being Forced Out

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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Manitoba Liberal leader Jon Gerrard speaks with the media in August 2011. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG – Six years after resigning the Manitoba Liberal leadership amid pressure from party members, Jon Gerrard is trying to get his old job back.

Gerrard has told a crowd of supporters that people have been calling on him to run again.

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Jon Gerrard to Be Honoured at Tribute Dinner

Liberal leader Jon Gerrard (CHRISD.CA FILE)
Liberal leader Jon Gerrard (CHRISD.CA FILE)

A send-off dinner for retiring Manitoba Liberal leader Jon Gerrard is planned to recognize his 15 years of service to the party.

The tribute dinner and dance on November 14 will also see former Prime Minister Jean Chretien deliver the keynote address at a VIP reception.

Gerrard, who was elected leader and MLA for River Heights in 1998, is also an environmentalist and a leading advocate for saving Lake Winnipeg from deterioration and for protecting endangered species.

Tickets to the dinner and dance at the Fort Garry Hotel are $150, or $100 for the VIP reception, and can be purchased online.

Manitoba Liberals will hold their leadership convention on October 26.

Fate of Lake Winnipeg Discussed at Public Forum

Liberal leader Jon Gerrard (CHRISD.CA FILE)
Liberal leader Jon Gerrard (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Manitoba Liberal leader Jon Gerrard is hosting a forum on Saturday to address the issues facing Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba.

Earlier this week, the Global Nature Fund named Lake Winnipeg as the most threatened lake of the year due to nutrients in agricultural run-off, sewage discharges and other factors.

Gerrard will join top Manitoba environmentalists for a panel discussion at the River Heights Community Centre on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Guests include speakers from the University of Manitoba, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Wilderness Committee, and a former senior biologist and operations manager for ELA.

The public is welcome to attend.

— Staff

Throne Speech Should Address Poverty: MB Liberals

Liberal leader Jon Gerrard (CHRISD.CA FILE)

As the Manitoba government prepares to deliver their throne speech this afternoon, the Manitoba Liberals say the government should address the province’s poverty issue.

“The NDP must invest in ways that will actually save taxpayer money in the future — such as reducing this year’s soaring Justice and CFS department costs that correspond with Manitoba’s high rates of poverty,” said Liberal leader Jon Gerrard.

The speech will open the second session of the 40th Manitoba legislature at approximately 1:10 p.m.

Gerrard also says the throne speech must further show practical ways of reducing poverty by an NDP commitment to regulate the price of milk in Northern Manitoba and to bring running water to thousands of Manitobans living without it.

— Staff

Federal Liberal Leader to Tour St. Theresa Point

Bob Rae

Federal Liberal leader Bob Rae will be in Manitoba today to tour St. Theresa Point.

Rae will join provincial Liberal leader Jon Gerrard and MKO Grand Chief David Harper on a tour of the area where they will meet with the local band council and tour homes with no running water.

Prior to the three-hour tour, the three will hold a photo-op in Winnipeg at Stella’s Café on Portage Avenue.

Gerrard: Health Care Needs a Patient-Focused Budget

Liberal leader Jon Gerrard (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Liberal Party of Manitoba says the province cannot balance the budget by 2014 as planned.

Leader Jon Gerrard was quick to criticize the 2012 budget on Tuesday, saying Manitobans are losing trust in the NDP after a crippling deficit and a failure to fulfill election promises.

Gerrard says the plan to eliminate six of Manitoba’s 11 regional health authorities within three years could worsen local issues. Gerrard points out the shaky merger of Marquette and South Westman RHAs in 2002 to become Assiniboine.

“The province should reimburse hospitals based on what they actually do, rather than simply providing them with huge dollops of dollars through their global budgets, no matter what,” Gerrard said. “In BC, patient-based funding is already breathing new life into hospitals. The number of procedures is up, waiting lists are down, and hospital emergency departments covered by the program are processing patients as never before.”

Manitoba Liberals Make Staff Changes

Liberal leader Jon Gerrard (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Manitoba Liberal Party has shuffled around its staff prior to the start of the abbreviated legislative session on Thursday.

Former communications director Dave Shorr has been replaced by Nancy Chippendale. Party leader Jon Gerrard thanked Shorr for his service in a Twitter message late Tuesday afternoon.

“Dave and I parted on excellent terms. I am grateful for his many contributions,” Gerrard said.

Also joining the team is Brian Peel, who will take on the role as chief of staff, while legislative staff person Mie Larsen becomes administrative director.

Brian Peel has a management background in the not-for-profit sector in both public health and in the arts. Nancy Chippendale previously worked in the field of advocacy, raising awareness of palliative care, homelessness and inner-city recreation.

The Liberals still only hold one seat in the province.

Voter Turnout Dismal in Provincial Election

NDP leader Greg Selinger, Progressive Conservative leader Hugh McFadyen and Liberal leader Jon Gerrard (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

You couldn’t blame not voting on the weather, but Manitobans just weren’t feeling election day Tuesday as only about 57 percent of eligible voters visited local polling stations.

The unimpressive turnout, which is almost the lowest in Manitoba history, was a surprise to many with advance voting numbers coming in stronger than in 2007.

Approximately 78,600 Manitobans cast their ballots during the eight days advance polls were open. That’s compared to 42,775 votes cast over seven days in the 2007 election.

Elections Manitoba contributes the increase to more voting booths placed in strategic locations, such as shopping centres, universities, and at Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport.

To see results from all 57 provincial ridings, visit ElectionsManitoba.ca.

Gerrard Committed Despite Weak Liberal Performance

Jon Gerrard (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Liberal leader Jon Gerrard spoke to supporters in his River Heights riding Tuesday, shortly after being re-elected to the Manitoba legislature.

Gerrard, who holds the only Liberal seat, thanked voters for supporting him to his fourth win.

“There is a very strong future for Liberals in Manitoba,” Gerrard said. “We demonstrated we have the platforms, the ideas, and we have a lot of young candidates who will be the future of the Manitoba Liberal party.”

Gerrard said he was committed to representing his constituents.

The party had hoped to send at least a couple candidates to the legislature, but it wasn’t in the cards for the party who seems to have trouble resonating with voters.

Liberals Would Create FASD Registry

Jon Gerrard (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Manitoba Liberals would work to create a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) registry if elected.

Leader Jon Gerrard announced Wednesday that his government would push to dedicate more resources to improve diagnosis, treatment and counselling of the disease.

“The NDP and Tories talk a big game about crime, but they don’t even know where to start,” Gerrard said. “The best tough on crime policy you can talk about is one that seriously deals with the affects of FASD.”

The $3.9 million investment into the FASD registry would work to protect the health of children, and ensure they are treated. The Liberals say if left untreated, many children often turn to a life of crime.