WINNIPEG – October 21 will be the day Manitoba Liberals pick a new leader.
The official process begins in May, when candidates can hand in their applications.
Last time around there were three candidates, with Rana Bohkari getting the nomination. She stepped down after last year’s election and Kewatinook MLA Judy Klassen stepped in on an interim basis.
Sam Dixon with the Liberals explains why they give the candidates five months to campaign.
“There has to be the opportunity for people to go out to all of the constituencies because, with the one person, one vote, you vote within your constituency. The contestant wants to win each of the constituencies, and there’s 57 constituencies.”
Just like in a provincial election, the candidate who wins the most constituencies wins the contest.
Dixon says there are roughly 835 members in the party, though that number is subject to change. Any party member is eligible to run for leadership, and as long as you’re a party member for longer than a month, you can vote on October 21.
If you are looking to run, you are subject to a green light process.
“If you look at the federal election, 26 different members were disqualified because of things that were found on their social media,” Dixon explains. “It’s a vetting process just to make sure, you know, have you got a criminal record, that kind of thing. If somebody doesn’t pose a problem, they’re green-lit.”
It’s not clear right now who will run for the leadership position, whether that be one of their three MLAs or a different party member.