Budget 2018 Takes from the Poor and Gives to the Rich

WINNIPEG - The Pallister government’s latest budget fails to address key issues facing Manitoba, with no plan for economic growth, said Manitoba Liberal leader, Dougald Lamont.

In fact, Budget 2018 continues this government’s trend of taking from the poor and giving to the rich. 

“This year alone we are seeing $434-million in new money from the Federal Government that is supposed to be invested in healthcare, social services and education,” said Manitoba Liberal leader, Dougald Lamont. 

Pallister is using federal funds to finance a tax cut for himself and those of the richest Manitobans.

The basic personal exemption has been touted for providing income tax relief for low-income Manitobans, but has been a failure, said Lamont, because it benefits high-income earners more than anyone else. 

Lamont said the new costs being forced onto Manitobans by the Pallister government will dwarf the minimal tax savings for the majority. The Pallister Carbon tax will be paid almost entirely by individuals and small businesses since agriculture, and big business is largely exempt. 

Hydro’s rate increases are essentially a hidden tax – since they are needed to make up for the
$380-million Pallister and his government are taking from Hydro this year, and every year, to make the province’s books look better. 

Pallister is relying heavily on Federal transfers and raiding Hydro instead of addressing real issues in the economy. While the budget documents claim that slow growth is “the new normal” the reality is that two years into their mandate, the PCs have no plan. 

In addition to the other freezes and cuts, the PCs are:

- Cutting funding to Addictions Foundation of Manitoba by $3.3-million dollars in the middle of a crystal meth crisis. 

- Cutting Emergency Management for Fire Prevention & Emergency Preparedness on First Nations.

- All increased funding for CFS is going to apprehension, and funding for strategic initiatives to reduce children in care has been cut.

- Funding for people on income assistance has been cut.

“This province has had its credit rating downgraded twice in two years, which is the worst performance of any Manitoba government in decades,” said Lamont. “Manitoba is being downgraded because Pallister doesn’t have a plan for growth.”

AGM Agenda Constitutional Amendments and Policy resolutions

This year's AGM has a Constitutional Input session and our Policy Committee is using a new prioritization process asking delegates to rank the resolutions.

To allow you to prepare for those discussions the draft constitutional amendments are here:


along with a side-by-side comparison with the 2015 Constitution here: 


and the policy resolutions under consideration are here:


 You can still register if you are interested in becoming a delegate.

The delegate package that delegates receive at the registration desk will have the policy resolution ranking ballot in it. Delegates need to submit their choices by Noon on Saturday




6:00 pm Provincial Council  


7:00 pm MLP Business Meeting


8:00 pm Reception 

Entertainment will be some Winnipeg's funniest comedians 

Emceed by Mike Green 



7:30 am Women's Commission Breakfast


9:00 am LPCM Biennial Information session


9:30- 11:00 am Association AGMs


11:00 Constitution Committee input session


Constituency in a Box with

Director of Organization Chris Di Lullo  


12 noon Lunch 

with Guest Speaker Dr. Shannon Sampert UWinnipeg, former editor Perspectives and Politics at the Winnipeg Free Press 

will give us the view the Manitoba political scene from outside the party 


Street Smart Social Media with Craig Larkins - Director of Communications for the Manitoba Liberal Caucus

MLP Policy

3:00 pm 

Caucus Panel

5:00 pm cocktails

6:00 pm Dinner with Keynote Speaker 

Dougald Lamont 



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AGM 2018

2018 Annual General Meeting




Friday, March 16th to Saturday March 17th, 2018

 at the Radisson Hotel, 

288 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg


Manitoba Liberal Party AGM 2018 FAQ

Q: Who can attend the AGM?

A: Anyone can attend the AGM, however depending on their membership status they may incur different AGM registration fees (i.e. members and monthly donors have a reduced rate versus non- members). Registration should be done well in advance of the AGM and individuals must have a current federal membership to vote federally and a current provincial membership to vote provincially.


Q: I am a Registered Liberal with the Liberal Party of Canada in Manitoba but not a member of the Manitoba Liberal Party. Can I vote on all nominated positions?

A: No, only provincial members who are delegates may vote for candidates seeking nomination for a provincial position.


Q: How do I know if I am a current member of the MLP?

A: If your membership lapsed recently (all memberships expire December 31st of each calendar year, except for LAMP and Builders’ Club). You should have received emails reminding you to renew. Having an up-to-date membership will ensure you can get notifications of all party events, vote in the AGM, support the building of the parties, and many other benefits. If you have any questions about your provincial membership, please call 204-988-9380 or email executive.director@manitobaliberals.ca


Q: Can I buy a membership online?

A: Yes, memberships are available for purchase online and can be found provincially at https://donate.manitobaliberals.ca/


Q: How do I register for the AGM?

A: Registration forms are available at Molgat Place and online here to print off a form. The completed form may be emailed to executive.director@manitobaliberals.ca  or faxed to 204-284-1492.   You may also register by phone MLP 204-998-9380. Registrations received after Friday, March 2nd at 5:00pm CST will have a $20 Late Fee added. Register as soon as possible to take advantage of the Early Bird Rates.


Q: How do I pay for the AGM?

A: You can pay by cheque, or credit card- we cannot accept cash for amounts over $25. The AGM fees are tax receiptable.

Q: My spouse/friend would like to come to the AGM Saturday lunch and/or dinner, can I bring them?

A: If you are attending the AGM as a delegate and would like to purchase an extra individual lunch and/or dinner ticket, you may do so by indicating the number of additional meal tickets on your registration form. As a delegate, your own Saturday lunch and dinner (as well as Friday night reception) are included in your registration fees and you do not need to purchase those separately. Please indicate your guest’s name on the space provided on the registration form as well.


Q: How do I vote?

A: Voting begins on Saturday March 17th after candidate speeches and closes before dinner. You must be a provincial member to vote on the provincial candidates. Memberships should be obtained in advance of the AGM. Please bring photo ID.


Q: Can I register at the door?

A: It is strongly recommended to register well in advance of the AGM. Provincial delegate selection meetings are now underway to elect delegates to attend the AGM and once you are elected, you should register as soon as possible to reserve your spot. Registering in advance will guarantee you have a nametag and AGM Delegate Package waiting for you at the registration table and will make checking into the AGM much quicker. You will be subject to the late fee of $20.


Q: Where and when is the AGM?

A: This year’s AGM will occur March 16th and 17th, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel Downtown 288 Portage. There are special rates Registration opens Friday afternoon at 6:00 pm until the evening reception and opens again Saturday morning at 8:00 am until 12:00 pm. It is strongly advised to check in as soon as you arrive and get your AGM Delegate Package. Failure to check-in by noon Saturday will result in delegates being denied voting.


Q: How do I book a hotel room?

A: You can book a room at the Radisson Hotel Downtown by phoning 1-800-333-3333 and mentioning you are booking with the Manitoba Liberal Convention CODE MLC. A block of rooms has been reserved at a special rate $119. Please book your rooms as soon as possible to secure your reservation.  


Q: What positions are up for election?

A: There are a total of six (6) positions to be voted on provincially – some for one year terms and some for two year terms

Two-year terms: Treasurer, Secretary, Director of Membership, Director of Organization, and Director of Policy.

One-year terms: Director of Communications

Additionally, the Manitoba Young Liberals (MYL), the Manitoba Women’s Liberal Association (MWLA), the Manitoba Liberal Aboriginal Association (MLAA), the Manitoba Senior’s Liberal Association (MSLA) and the Manitoba Liberals Multicultural Association (MLMA) hold their AGMs to elect their executive. 



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MLP Quiz night



Show off the depth and breadth of your knowledge, and have a great time with fellow Liberals, while raising by-election funds for the Manitoba Liberal Party!

We're hosting a Trivia Night on Saturday March 24, at the Lord Roberts Community Centre, 725 Kylemore Avenue, in the heart of Fort Garry-Riverview.

The doors open at 6 PM, with the first round of questions beginning at 7 PM.  The quiz itself will run about three hours including breaks for socializing and refeshments!  Bring extra cash for the 50/50 draw and opportunities to win other contests!

Children are welcome as the event is during spring break, if you are looking to get the kids out of the house.  There will be a cash bar on premises, and we'll be providing some complimentary platters of food as well.

Teams can include up to 8 people - $25 per person, or $150 per team registered in advance.

Think up a creative name for your teams.  The LiberAles?  Trivia Newton John? Les Quizerables?  The choice is yours - the more creative, the better!

The ticket price is partially eligible for a tax receipt.  Don't miss this great opportunity to demonstrate your know-how!

Approved by the CFO of the Manitoba Liberal Party.

MLP Policy Incubator

The Manitoba Liberal Party will be hosting a Policy Incubator on Climate Change. Outside experts will be providing their input on polices in development then answering member questions. Members will then discussion revising the policy resoltuions. 
Sessions will be:
1. Going Carbon Negative - How can Manitoba bank more Carbon than it emits? 

Discussion of “banking” carbon - through agriculture / technological means

2. How do we switching from Carbon fuels to Clean Hydro? 

Includes discussion of Smart national grid, 

3. How do we promote electric transportation? 

Trucks, trains, and cars

4. What can municipalities do reduce the impacts of climate change

Cooperation, zoning, infrastructure, transit, building

Tickets https://donate.manitobaliberals.ca/events

Volunteers needed!


We are growing and we are looking to volunteers as part of building our movement.

- Social Media Coordinators - people who can create events, post and share on FB, Twitter and Instagram.

- Designers who can use templates in illustrator, indesign or Canva to create images and infographics for FB / Twitter.

- Photographers / Videographers

- A “Press Officer” / Press Secretary

- Proofreaders

- Advertising (incl. on social media)

- Website

- Analyst - someone who can analyze which ads, letters, posts etc. are getting the best response


Burrows Holiday Party

Come pop into Burrow's First Annual Holiday Party on Saturday, December 16th from 1pm - 4pm at Sir William Stephenson Library 765 Keewatin St. It is a come and go as your please event, we will have food, refreshments and activities for the whole family. Hope to see you there! 

If you have any questions, please contact my Constituency Office at (204) 615-9961. Thank you.


An Intimate Evening with Bob and Arlene Rae

In just a few short weeks, Manitoba Liberals will pick the Party's new Leader. We are very privileged to have two special guests who will be joining us to celebrate in our noble endeavour. 

The Hon. Bob Rae and his wife Arlene Perly Rae will be the guests of honour at the home of Neil and Carol Duboff who will be hosting an intimate gathering and fundraiser in support of the Manitoba Liberal Party on Friday October 20 at 23 Carmarthen Boulevard.

The reception is a wonderful opportunity to meet with one of the most respected political minds in the country. Mr. Rae's candor and humour have enlightened the political scene at both the federal and provincial levels with an inspiring combination of dignity and energy. As Manitoba Liberals embark upon the next election, Mr. Rae's insights on leadership and his views on the road ahead, promise to make it a captivating evening and one you will not want to miss. 

Please join the Duboffs in welcoming the Raes to Manitoba. Tickets are limited for this privileged experience so do not wait too long to purchase yours. 

Tickets are $150 and available here: https://donate.manitobaliberals.ca/events  

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What hasn’t he done!

What hasn’t he done!


Past Interim Leader of the Federal Liberal Party.

Former Premier of Ontario.

Elected MP and MPP a total of 11 times.

Renowned author and speaker.

Lawyer, negotiator and professor.

And now Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Manitoba Liberal Party (MLP) Leadership Convention on October 21, 2017!

The Honourable Bob Rae will kick off the MLP Leadership Convention with a fundraising brunch, sure to rev up all Liberals attending the Convention.   A widely respected political commentator, his speech promises to provide insight and inspiration as the Manitoba Liberal Party chooses its new leader in anticipation of the provincial election in 2020. 

Be sure to get your tickets early as we expect a full house for this master orator!

The brunch will begin at 10:00 a.m. - 11:30, with the Convention officially starting at noon.

Tickets are $75 for Builders Club / LAMP subscribers, $100 for regular members and $45 for youth members. 

Please designate if you have special dietary requirements.

Let us know in advance if you require disability accommodations to participate.

Leadership Forum

Leadership Forum

When: August 1st at 6:30 pm - doors open at 6:00 pm

Where: West End Cultural Centre 586 Ellice Ave.

The first event of the Leadership Contest and it starts with a grassroots forum with the party members.

Contestants invited: Cindy Lamoureux, Jon Gerrard and Dougald Lamont.

Each of the Official Contestant will get an opportunity to speak to the attendees then we'll turn it over to the individual members to ask their questions. Each contestant will have the chance to respond to each question.

The forum will be moderated by former MLP president - Sachit Mehra.

Doors open at 6:00 pm, forum at 6:30 pm. Admission $5

Let us know in advance if you require disability accommodations to participate.  


Liberal BBQ time!

It's BBQ time! 

Saturday, July 22 at 12 PM - 4 PM

187 Penfold Cres, Winnipeg, MB R2J 1S3, Canada

Meet and mingle with fellow Liberals and meet your Leadership contestants in a relaxed and informal setting. 

This is an all-ages event and we'll have music and activities for everyone. 

There's no cost to attend and we'll have delicious BBQ food and drinks available by donation.

Approved by the CFO of the Manitoba Liberal Party

Wonderful Wednesday July 5th 2017

The Manitoba Liberal Party will be hosting Wonderful Wednesday- this Wednesday July 5th 2017,  The MLP wants to give members lots of opportunities to meet the people running for Leadership -and those hoping to run.

This is also a good opportunity to speak to other members about the Leadership Contest and the Leadership Contestants, as it is shaping up to have many contestants, and the interest is building.

Remember: You can sign nomination papers for multiple contestants but you can only purchase membership in support of one contestant. 

Wonderful Wednesday is a monthly social get together for Manitoba Liberals. It is an opportunity to visit with friends and informally talk about politics. Refreshments will be served.  

LOCATION: Molgat Place, 635 Broadway

TIME: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

COST: Donations from $5 to $20 are gratefully accepted.


Update on Interim Leader

On June 13, we received notice from Judy Klassen, MLA for Kewatinook that she was stepping down as the Interim Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party.

The MLP constitution does not outline procedures surrounding the appointment of an Interim Leader.

In consultation with Caucus, I asked our Board to consider our situation and to provide a recommendation.

The following motion was adopted by the Board on June 26, 2017:

"The position of Interim Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party remain vacant until a new Leader is selected at the Leadership convention. The President will serve as spokesperson on Party matters. The Caucus will address legislative and constituency business.”


Paul Brault
Manitoba Liberal Party

Statement from the President

Sunday, June 11, 2017 

It has come to our attention that the NDP have made allegations about the theft of their campaign signs. The Manitoba Liberal Party does not condone the theft of campaign signs and we have not engaged in this activity. Our Point Douglas campaign has been run with respect for the democratic process and all of the candidates and participating parties. 

We believe this allegation is last ditch attempt by the NDP to sway voters that they have lost. This allegation is precisely the kind of behaviour that we are working hard to change. 

Every day we hear how much people in this area want change and this is an example of the type of politics that the people of Point Douglas have grown weary of. 

As of Sunday evening, we have not received official notification from the Manitoba Commissioner of Elections regarding a complaint of this nature. 

We would encourage anyone who witnesses the theft of campaign materials belonging to any party, to report the activity to the Winnipeg Police Service.

Thank you,

Paul Brault

President, Manitoba Liberal Party 

Manitoba Liberal Point Douglas candidate, John Cacayuran is fighting for rights of Manitoba’s most vulnerable children

“In a province with some of the worst child poverty, the Manitoba government has taken hundreds of millions of funds intended for children in care and has diverted it into the government’s pockets instead.” – John Cacayuran

 WINNIPEG – For the past decade, the Manitoba government has been taking millions, and last year alone it took $32 million of Federal dollars earmarked for children’s special allowance and put those funds into general revenue instead.

John Cacayuran, the Manitoba Liberal candidate for Point Douglas is calling on Pallister’s conservative government to end the immoral practice.

 “In the last year alone, thousands of our poorest and most vulnerable children were deprived of tens of millions of dollars intended for their care by Brian Pallister,” says Cacayuran. “What is just as shameful is that the NDP were no different. In a province with some of the worst child poverty, they diverted hundreds of millions of funds intended for children in care into the government’s pockets instead.”

With over 10,500 children in care, Manitoba has the highest child apprehension rate in the western world. Children have been warehoused in hotels, and the vast majority of children in the care of CFS are Indigenous.

Cacayuran says the actions of the former NDP government and the current PC government contravenes the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The first five of the TRC’s 94 recommendations, are dedicated to reducing the number of children in care.

“The issue of Indigenous children in care was featured first and foremost in the TRC because, even after apologizing for the Residential Schools and the 60s scoop, we have more children in the custody of government than ever,” said Cacayuran. “We need to reform CFS, lift people out of poverty, and find ways to support families so we can bring healing to communities, instead of tearing them apart.”