Victory in Saint-Boniface!

After thousands of phone calls, doors knocked and votes cast, your hard work has paid off and Saint-Boniface has returned back into the Liberal fold. With all 49 polls reporting, our leader won with a margin of almost 900 votes over the NDP candidate, proving that we are re-energized and ready to win. In fact, the Manitoba Liberal Party has achieved more than gaining a single seat:

The victory vaults the Liberals to official party status — four seats — in the legislature, with additional taxpayer funding and extra powers, such as the ability to ask more questions in the house.
— https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/lamont-wins-st-boniface-byelection-by-a-landslide-488460301.html

The Manitoba Liberal Party thanks all of our loyal supporters for making this possible. This reflects the appeal of new leadership and an option for change, but also how your devotion and voice can make a difference right where you live. 

Dougald will be a great servant for the people of Saint-Boniface, and our party can now shift our attention and our expanded organizational infrastructure to building up our grassroots for the 2020 election. Now is the time to :

  1. Sign up for our newsletter to hear about coming updates
  2. Contact us to Join your local constituency association to vote on candidates
  3. If you haven't already, help make democracy work by chipping in $10/month or more
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Building Momentum

You are invited to the Building Momentum Fundraising reception for Dougald Lamont our candidate in the upcoming St. Boniface by-election to be held in the home of Jon Gerrard 119 Brock St. 

We want to support Dougald and his campaign to build the future of the Manitoba Liberal Party.

Tickets are $100.00 and available on our website https://donate.manitobaliberals.ca/events.

Refreshments will be served.
 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/2077701835804760/?notif_t=plan_user_joined&notif_id=1524953818739221 

 

It's Déjà vu - and we need you.

It's Déjà vu - and we need you.   

Election Victory is possible!

We can all feel it - the opportunity to repeat history. It's time to put an end to successive Conservative and NDP governments in Manitoba. Time to come together and mount a winning Liberal campaign in 2020.  

It starts now, with our Leader's win in St. Boniface - and a 4th seat in the Legislature.

It will take the passion, dedication, and the support of people like you and me.  Liberals who believe in this Party and that things should be different.  

This April 26, please join us for two special events! 

 

Event 1: Kick-off the Leader's St. Boniface Campaign

 On the 30th anniversary of our big 1988 victory, Sharon Carstairs and members of the '88 caucus will be in town to kick-off Dougald Lamont's campaign.Come celebrate our past and our future.  Hear about Sharon's journey from 1 seat to 20 - and how we can do it agai

Hear Dougald's vision for St. Boniface and all Manitobans.

Where:                  St. Boniface City Hall, 219 Provencher Blvd.
Date & Time:        April 26 at 6 PM  (Doors Open at 5:30 PM)
Guest Speakers:    Sharon Carstairs & Dougald Lamont
Attendees with mobility challenges should use the side door to access the elevator. 

Register now  - so we know you are coming!

Event 2: Sharon Carstairs 76th Birthday Party!

Immediately following our campaign Kick-Off, we invite you to celebrate Sharon's 76th birthday!  Wish her well and reminisce with Liberal friends and family about our many contributions to our province and our country. 

 

Emcee: Paul Edwards

Where: East India Company, 349 York Ave

Date & Time:April 26 at 7:30 PM

Cost: $30 per person, tax receipt available.

 Please purchase your ticket - and encourage others to do the same.

All proceeds from the event will finance the St. Boniface by-election and our fourth seat in the Legislature! 

 

 

Il y a du changement dans l’air.  C’est une chance de poursuivre toute une autre direction – au lieu de virer entre le PC et le PND sans arrêt.

 

C’est maintenant l’heure de se réunir pour mettre la campagne 2020 en marche. 

 

La route envers la victoire commence avec la première étape : la victoire de notre chef à St. Boniface, et un quatrième siège dans l’assemblée législative. 

 

Il y a du pain sur la planche et on a besoin de la passion, du dévouement et du soutien de gens comme vous – des Libéraux qui croient que c’est notre parti qui peut changer les choses pour le mieux. 

 

Le 26 avril, rassemblez-vous avec nous pour deux événements spéciaux. 

 

1.    Le lancement de la campagne électorale à Saint Boniface de notre chef Dougald Lamont avec notre invitée d’honneur Sharon Carstairs. 

 

Venez écouter Dougald présenter sa vision pour Saint Boniface et pour tous les manitobains. 

 

Lieu:  l’Hôtel de Ville de Saint Boniface

          219 boulevard Provencher

 

Heure: 17h30 (5:30pm)

Veuillez svp vous inscrire en avance.

 

2.  La fête du 76ème  anniversaire de Sharon Carstairs et une levée de fonds pour la campagne électorale. 

 

Lieu:  East India Company

          349 avenue York

Date: le 26 avril

Heure: 19h30 (7:30pm)

Prix:  30$ (reçu disponible)

St. Boniface by-election candidate nomination meeting to be held on April 26

Save the date!

With another successful AGM behind us, we are finishing up our preparations for the upcoming by-election in St. Boniface, with the candidate nomination meeting to be held on April 26 - details to follow  with the official notice.

This by-election will be our first opportunity to build on the amazing support the Manitoba Liberal Party has received since Dougald became our leader. And we will need everyone’s support from inside and outside the party to win in St Boniface.

Thank you to everyone who has already given their time and donated to the Manitoba Liberal Party.

See you on April 26th.

Dougald Lamont, on the Resignation of the Manitoba Hydro Board

Statement by Manitoba Liberal Leader, Dougald Lamont, on the Resignation of the Manitoba Hydro Board

WINNIPEG - The resignation of all but one member of the Manitoba Hydro Board is a full-blown crisis and an indictment of the leadership and judgment of Premier Brian Pallister, says Manitoba Liberal Leader, Dougald Lamont. 

“This goes beyond bad judgment on the part of the Premier, it is gross incompetence,” said Lamont. “The single most important issue in Manitoba is fixing Hydro’s finances because if we don’t, it will take us all down.”

In a statement, Hydro’s Chair, Sandy Riley, implied that Hydro’s board tried to get a meeting with Pallister for over a year, but he refused to meet with them, even to “resolve a number of critical issues related to the finances and governance of Manitoba Hydro, including matters related to Hydro's efforts to further develop its relationship with Indigenous peoples.” 

The government’s drain on Hydro’s finances has been so bad that is putting the Crown Corporation at risk of default within ten years, with $25-billion in debt, comparable to the debt of the province as a whole, said Lamont. In effect, the NDP and PCs have both been using water rentals, debt guarantee fees and capital taxes imposed on Hydro to hide their own debt on Hydro’s books.  

“Pallister only cares about making his own bottom line look better for the next election, even if it means putting Hydro’s finances - and the financial health of the entire province at risk,” said Lamont. “We have had two credit downgrades already because Pallister puts creative accounting and his own political gain ahead of what’s best for Manitoba.”

In February, the Manitoba Liberals made a presentation of budget recommendations to Finance Minister Cameron Friesen. At the top of the list was that the provincial government should embrace “honest accounting” and end the long-running practice of PC and NDP governments of raiding Hydro by hundreds of millions a year. 

Lamont emphasized that the Liberal plan would allow Hydro to build up capital, prevent a debt crisis, have lower rate increases, and still return to profitability. 

 

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:

https://manitobaliberals.squarespace.com/s/2018-Constitution-draft.pdf

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

https://manitobaliberals.squarespace.com/s/2018-Constitution-Changes.xlsx

and the policy resolutions under consideration are here:

https://manitobaliberals.squarespace.com/s/2018-MLP-Policy-Resolutions.pdf

 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

Agenda

 

Friday

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 

 

Saturday 

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 

1:30 

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

 

MANITOBA LIBERAL PARTY 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

COME OUT TO MLP QUIZ NIGHT - MARCH 24

 

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!

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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.

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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.