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Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont Loses Seat, Steps Down

October 3, 2023 9:48 PM | News

Dougald Lamont

Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont attends a campaign event in Winnipeg on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Malone)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont has conceded to his NDP challenger Robert Loiselle in St. Boniface.

Speaking to supporters at the Norwood Hotel on Tuesday, an emotional Lamont congratulated his opponent, as well as NDP Leader Wab Kinew.

Lamont announced he would step down as the party’s leader — a position he had held since 2018.


“I always knew this as a possibility,” Lamont said. “But we had to hope beyond hope, and keep working and do everything we could to run the best possible campaign. We did. We could and we did. And I’m incredibly proud of that.”

Lamont, 54, worked in the private sector before entering politics and ran his own digital ad agency, along with work in the communications field.

The Manitoba Liberals were seeking official party status in the legislature but had only one seat in unofficial election reporting on Tuesday night. Cindy Lamoureux was re-elected in her riding of Tyndall Park.

Liberal incumbent Jon Gerrard (River Heights) trailed second to his NDP opponent, Mike Moroz. Gerrard, 75, had held the constituency for the Liberals since 1999.