What’s next for Rana Bohkari?
She made the surprise announcement over the weekend that she’s stepping down as Manitoba Liberal Leader.
In the meantime, she’ll be staying on as interim leader until they find a replacement.
Bohkari, a lawyer by trade, says this is not the end of her political career.
“No. Oh God, no. If I was 58, even 48, this conversation would be so different. Just imagine yourself being a single woman in Manitoba, you’re very public, you’re hitting 40 and you’ve been out of practice for three years. You’ve spent all this money on the degrees that you have. I have to make a good decision for myself.”
Bohkari led the Liberals to three seats in the Legislature in the April 19 election, their best result in two decades, but she herself failed to win her seat.
For weeks she had insisted she would be staying on as leader, which is why her resignation came as a surprise. Bohkari says she still believes in the party, but explains that she wasn’t actually planning on announcing anything Saturday night.
“Somebody leaked it, and I was not about to have that leaked without me being able to respectfully say what I needed to say,” Bohkari says. “I don’t understand why people don’t respect timelines, they don’t respect an individual’s personal ability to make their own life decisions.”
Bohkari didn’t point the finger at anybody about the leak, which came as the three elected Liberal MLAs were sworn in.
She says she has nothing set up in the immediate future but claims that there are opportunities being presented.
As for the party itself, there is no timeline for when a permanent replacement will be found.