Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Liberal Calls Friday News Conference about Party Leadership

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Liberal Calls Friday News Conference about Party Leadership

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Manitoba Liberal leadership heating up

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WINNIPEG - A 25-year-old rookie member of the Manitoba legislature may become the first leadership contestant for the provincial Liberals.

Cindy Lamoureux, who was first elected last April, has scheduled a news conference for Friday to announce her decision on a possible leadership bid.

The party is set to choose a new leader Oct. 21 to replace Rana Bokhari, who resigned after the Liberals captured only three seats on election night last April.

Lamoureux comes from a political family. Her father Kevin Lamoureux is the MP for Winnipeg North and her uncle Darrin Lamoureux is the leader of the Saskatchewan Liberals.

The party's executive director, Sam Dixon, said Thursday that more than one potential candidate has picked up nomination forms but he won't reveal names.

"People have picked up ... packages, so it's started," he said.

Jon Gerrard, who led the Liberals for 13 years and stepped down after the party captured only one seat in the 2011 election, would not rule out a leadership bid Thursday. …

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