WINNIPEG – Rookie MLA Cindy Lamoureux has launched her bid for the leadership of the Manitoba Liberal Party.
She made the announcement outside of the Legislative Building Friday morning after riding up on her motorcycle.
Lamoureux, who is 25 and was first elected to the legislature last year in the Winnipeg riding of Burrows, said her youth is an asset.
“I’m taking full advantage of it,” she said. “It can be an asset to Manitoba as well. We want young people involved. People are always saying ‘young people are the future.’ No, young people are today.”
Lamoureux noted former Manitoba premier Ed Shreyer, who was 22 when he was first elected to the legislature.
Lamoureaux comes from a political family. She is the daughter of Liberal Member of Parliament Kevin Lamoureaux and her uncle Darrin Lamoureux is the leader of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party.
“That’s what motivated me through the years,” Lamoureux said. “I’ve seen how hard my father has worked throughout the years and I’ve seen the difference that he’s been able to make in the lives of Manitobans.”
Interim Manitoba Liberal Leader Judy Klassen was at the announcement, but said she has not yet decided on any endorsement. The other caucus member, Jon Gerrard, was not there and he has not ruled out a leadership bid of his own.
“Both Jon and Judy have been incredibly encouraging towards my aspirations with leadership,” Lamoureux said.
She did receive an endorsement from Liberal MP Maryann Mihychuk.
“She was my riding manager for several months – hardworking, dedicated, politically astute – exactly the kind of leader the Manitoba Liberals need,” Mihychuk said.
The party will choose a new leader in October to replace Rana Bokhari, who resigned after the Liberals captured only three seats on election night last April.
As for her mode of transportation to the event, Lamoureux said she believes in the old adage: “work hard, play hard.”
“I enjoy my summers and part of that is riding my motorcycle.”
With files from The Canadian Press