Just a day after what many called a dud of a performance in the TV debate, Rana Bohkari tried to rebound in her own riding’s debate.
Instead, she took the high road as two other candidates went after each other’s respective party platforms.
Fort Rouge is arguably the most wide-open riding in Manitoba, after NDP MLA Jennifer Howard announced she would not run again.
Bohkari, high-profile NDP candidate Wab Kinew and Progressive Conservative Audrey Gordon all have a legitimate chance to win the riding, if poll numbers are to be believed.
The debate at an Osborne Village restaurant Wednesday evening was a mostly tame affair, other than the odd squabble between Kinew and Gordon.
Kinew garnered the bulk of the cheers, but Gordon has a theory about that.
“Mr. Kinew brings his audience with him. That is probably what gives him the energy he needs.”
A poll conducted a few weeks ago showed all three candidates polling near 30 per cent, but that was before the Liberals campaign started to lose momentum.
Bohkari did not talk to the media after the debate, but wanted to stay out of the battle between the NDP and PC candidates.
“Let’s just make sure that we walk out of this, all of us, with our integrity intact. Sometimes, lying to each other and bashing isn’t always the greatest way.”
Green Party candidate Grant Sharp and Manitoba Party candidate Matthew Ostrove were also there and brought moments of levity: Sharp shared his belief that the PC’s will win the election while Ostrove brought a dream-catcher with a marijuana leaf inside.
Voters will decide for themselves April 19.
With files from Global News