By Megan Benedictson (@OhGeeMDB)
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.)