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Bokhari Mulling Political Future After Election Loss

Bokhari Mulling Political Future After Election Loss

By Megan Benedictson (@OhGeeMDB)

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An emotional Rana Bokhari, leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party, arrives to the Alt Hotel in downtown Winnipeg following the election results on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (MEGAN BENEDICTSON / CHRISD.CA)
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Liberal volunteer David Engel reacts to the election results on Tuesday night. (MEGAN BENEDICTSON / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Liberal leader Rana Bokhari will take time to evaluate whether she will try to stay in the top position after losing the Fort Rouge riding to NDP candidate Wab Kinew, according to the party’s director of communications, Mike Brown. Bokhari told media it was “not a conversation to have today,” after a two-minute media scrum she held in place of a traditional concession speech, before making a round of quiet hugs with candidates and volunteers.

Bokhari’s loss comes after a five-week campaign that saw a number of missteps, including paperwork issues that led to candidates being rejected. Dozens of party faithful who gathered at the headquarters at the Alt Hotel on election night sighed deeply when it became apparent that Bokhari, the 38-year-old lawyer who has led the party since 2013, could not catch up to Kinew. In the end, the Liberals saw only three of its candidates be elected: Cindy Lamoureux (Burrows), Judy Klassen (Kewatinook), and the former Manitoba Liberal leader who held its only seat going into the election, Jon Gerrard (River Heights.)

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Liberals Would Have Minister Focused on Lake Winnipeg

Liberals Would Have Minister Focused on Lake Winnipeg

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Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari is shown in a handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)

Manitoba’s Liberal Party would assign a minister specifically to tackle Lake Winnipeg issues if elected.

Leader Rana Bokhari says her government would amend the Phosphorus Reduction Act to eliminate phosphorus from all soaps including industrial-use soaps and detergents.

“Manitoba has some of the most beautiful lakes and rivers in the world and we need to start taking concrete steps to protect them or the next generation will not be able to enjoy them,” Bokhari said.

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Manitoba Liberals Would Lower Condo Property Taxes

Manitoba Liberals Would Lower Condo Property Taxes

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Manitoba Liberal leader Rana Bokhari (HANDOUT)

Manitoba’s Liberals would lower property taxes for condominium owners if elected April 19.

“As a society we need to start building up instead of out and that means higher density residences should be rewarded,” leader Rana Bokhari said.

“By creating a smaller footprint condo owners save municipalities money for things like road repair, snow clearing, garbage pickup and so much more. We will allow local governments the ability to amend the formula to reward this.”

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Liberals Would Honour Louis Riel as Manitoba’s First Premier

Liberals Would Honour Louis Riel as Manitoba’s First Premier

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A statue of Manitoba’s founder, Louis Riel, is seen behind the Manitoba Legislative Building. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Manitoba Liberals say they would formally recognize Louis Riel as the province’s first premier if elected on April 19.

“Liberals know that history matters and how we tell the story about our past tells all who come after us what we value and hold dear,” said leader Rana Bokhari.

“It’s time to officially honour the sacrifices of Louis Riel and that means a formal declaration that he is the first premier of Manitoba.”

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Manitoba Liberals Have Plan for Organ Donation

Manitoba Liberals Have Plan for Organ Donation

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Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari is shown in a handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)

Manitoba’s Liberal Party wants to take a proactive approach to increase organ donorship.

Leader Rana Bokhari says, if elected, Manitobans would be asked when renewing their driver’s licence whether they would like to become an organ donor or not.

“It is a tragedy when someone who desperately needs an organ doesn’t get one in time because someone forgot to fill out an organ donor card or head to a website of their own volition,” Bokhari said.

She added those who do not wish to donate organs will continue to have their wishes respected.

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Liberals Pledge Year-Round Downtown Food Market

Liberals Pledge Year-Round Downtown Food Market

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Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari is shown in a handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)

The Manitoba Liberals have committed to building a year-round fresh food market in downtown Winnipeg if elected.

Leader Rana Bokhari says the market would include locally-grown produce, meat and other groceries, which would draw other businesses and residents to the core.

Downtown Winnipeg isn’t currently serviced by a year-round grocery store and many residents often need to cross into Osborne Village to purchase groceries.

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Liberals Promise to Reduce Number of Kids in CFS Care

Liberals Promise to Reduce Number of Kids in CFS Care

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Manitoba Liberal leader Rana Bokhari (HANDOUT)

Manitoba’s Liberals say they would reduce the number in the care of Child and Family Services.

Leader Rana Bokhari said Wednesday the apprehension of children from a household should be a last resort, not the first.

“We are committed to implementing the recommendations of the Hughes report and we will work as a team to build a better system. I will be leaning on those who are deeply involved in the system to help guide policy in this area,” Bokhari said.

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Liberals Would Give Municipalities ‘Fair Share’ of PST

Liberals Would Give Municipalities ‘Fair Share’ of PST

By Sarah Klein

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Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari is shown in a handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)

Manitoba’s Liberals would give municipalities their fair share of the PST to fund infrastructure needs if elected.

Leader Rana Bokhari said her government would divert the one percent PST increase to a municipal infrastructure fund on a per capita basis. Municipalities could then use the funds at their discretion on infrastructure projects they identify as a priority in their communities.

The Association of Manitoba Municipalities’ Fair Share — Fair Say campaign has been asking for an increase in tax dollars to tackle infrastructure.

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Bokhari Says Liberals Would Balance Budget in 5-6 Years

Bokhari Says Liberals Would Balance Budget in 5-6 Years

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Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari is shown in a handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)

The Manitoba Liberals say they would get the province’s fiscal house in order if elected on April 19.

Leader Rana Bokhari says her government would balance the budget in five to six years by limiting the growth of spending and growing the economy.

Bokhari would hold the increase in spending in health to four percent, education to 2.5 percent and all other departments to two percent.

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Manitoba Liberals Would Increase Phys Ed in Schools

Manitoba Liberals Would Increase Phys Ed in Schools

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Manitoba’s Liberal Party would ensure students receive an increased amount of exercise in Manitoba schools.

“We believe in the sound body, sound mind principles of the ancient Greek cultures,” leader Rana Bokhari said.

“Children who develop good exercise habits are more likely to maintain those into their adult years.”

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