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

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 for purchase.

Approved by the CFO of the 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.”


It's Go Time!

The by-election for Point Douglas is officially underway and our Liberal candidate, John Cacayuran, is shifting his campaign into high gear! 

The signs are staked, the flyers folded, and our door knocking teams are ready to continue connecting with the Point Douglas community. 

And while the by-election has just started, John has been present in the community for months. Through thousands of conversations at the door and in community centres, John has built a campaign that is truly based on what matters to Point Douglas residents.

Point Douglas residents want change and they want to be empowered to improve their community on their terms. 

But John can't win this by-election on his own. We are asking you to lend your support to John's campaign by volunteering and donating. 

Together we can show the NDP that no seat is theirs forever and that the residents of Point Douglas deserve better than the status quo. 

And our Liberal team is ready to show the Pallister PC's that cuts to education and community programming will not be rewarded in Point Douglas. 

Join us today and make the commitment to helping the Manitoba Liberal Party win in Point Douglas. 

We also need your financial support. Successful campaigns need resources and the NDP and PC's have the lead in this area. Help us even the playing field by donating $40 today. 

The Manitoba Liberal Party can win Point Douglas, but we need the help of members like you to make it happen. 

To volunteer, contact John's campaign at  OurPointDouglas.org. Every hour you can spare will bring us closer to empowering Point Douglas through Liberal ideas and policies.


Paul Brault

President, Manitoba Liberal Party 

Manitoba Liberal Party AGM 2017 Recap

The MLP held its 2017 AGM in the growing city of Brandon, on May 5 and 6. The event was co-chaired by Laurie Jackson and Stephen Montague-- local members from Brandon East. The pair organized the event schedule and venue details as well as acting as community ambassadors for out-of-town delegates.

Highlights of the AGM included:

Provincial Council elected Michelle Finley as their new Chair and re-elected Vice-Chair, Neil Johnston. The Council also started a review of the constituency association support and evaluation document that was crafted following the 2011 election.

Our MLAs Judy Klassen - Kewatinook, Jon Gerrard - River Heights and Cindy Lamoureux - Burrows attended a well-attended Q & A panel and heard questions and feedback from MLP membership.

Leadership co-chair Wendy Martin White, held an information session on the upcoming Leadership Contest. Our other Co-Chair Sandy Chahal was out of the country on business but sent her good wishes to delegates.

Interim Leader Judy Klassen delivers the lunch time keynote address

Interim Leader Judy Klassen delivers the lunch time keynote address


The on-going efforts of MLP volunteers were recognized with the following awards:

Most Improved Constituency - Point Douglas

Best Constituency - River Heights

The Gildas L. Molgat - This award was presented to Judy Hardy, our wonderful and long-time volunteer from Tuxedo Constituency.

Leader's Award - Interim Leader Judy Klassen acknowledged the mentorship of Jon Gerrard by presenting him with this award.

The Margaret Workman Award - this award is named in honour of one of Brandon's own and was awarded to Vern Byers of Brandon .

Point Douglas Candidate John Cacayuran and River Heights MLA Jon Gerrard

Point Douglas Candidate John Cacayuran and River Heights MLA Jon Gerrard


The MLP Board elections were a popular topic of discussion at this year's AGM. There were many contested positions and only a few acclamations. The results for open positions are:

President - Paul Brault

Vice-President - Harbans Singh Brar

Secretary - Sim Pannu

Director of Communications - Michelle Finley

Director of Fundraising - Scott Newman

Director of Membership - Ian McCausland

Director of Organization - Chris Di Lullo

Director of Policy - Lloyd Talbot

Aboriginal Association - Steven DeMontigny

Multicultural Association - Patricia Kumbakisaka 

Seniors Association - Mark Molloy, President Elect

Women's Association - Catherine Moltzan

Young Liberals - Ben Bawdon   

JON G. for JOHN C. and the MLP

JON G. for JOHN C. and the MLP:  A Fundraiser for the Point Douglas By-election and the Manitoba Liberal Party

Thursday May 25, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM


Residence of Jon Gerrard and Naomi – 119 Brock Street

The Manitoba Liberal Party currently has three seats in the Legislature – one short of official party status.  The Point Douglas by-election, to be held by July 2017, is the MLP’s best and (currently) only chance to receive official party status in the Legislature!  Come out and support John Cacayuran, your Liberal candidate in Point Douglas. Part proceeds to MLP, part proceeds to by-election efforts.


Tickets – $100 each – maximum 50 tickets

MLP Election One Year Celebration

We're commemorating one year since the historic 2016 election!  The Manitoba Liberal Party received the most votes since 1999 and we tripled the number of our MLAs!  Let's celebrate our hard work and success then, and now, and as we build to the 2020 elections!

As part of our drive to provide value to those monthly donors who make significant contributions to the Party through our Builder's Club subscription program, tickets for Gold and Diamond members will be provided free of charge to this event.


Thursday April 20, 2017

67 Dana Crescent (Amber Trails)

6-8 PM

Tickets - $50 per person - Gold and Diamond Builder's Club ($100+ monthly donation to MLP) attend FREE.


To purchase your tickets, please go to Manitobaliberals.ca/events, or contact Director of Operations Sam Dixon at (204) 988-9380.

A Little Red Gala in support of John Cacayuran for Point Douglas


Join fellow Manitoba Liberals for an evening of authentic East Indian cuisine, sparkling conversation and updates on the Point Douglas by-election campaign in a relaxed setting. 

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 6 pm to 8 pm

Place: Clay Oven at Shaw Park, 1 Portage Avenue

Light snacks provided / Cash Bar

Tickets $100 each and eligible for a tax receipt up to 75% of the value of the tickets purchased. Purchase your ticket online HERE today at

or call 204-988-9380

Reception for the Point Douglas candidate John Cacayuran

 Reception for the Point Douglas candidate John Cacayuran

Friday February 10, 2017 from 5 PM to 7 PM.

This is your opportunity to get to know the candidate, to find out more about the upcoming campaign, and to be part of the positive energy as the MLP seeks its fourth seat and party status in the Legislature.

The reception will be at the main Boardroom at Molgat Place, at 635 Broadway.

Beverages and light fare will be available.

Tickets are $25 each, and eligible for a tax receipt up to 75% of the value of the tickets purchased.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, on-line at Manitobaliberals.ca/events, or by calling the Manitoba Liberal Party at 204-988-9380.

John Cacayuran Takes Manitoba Liberal Nomination for Point Douglas

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In a packed room with over 100 supporters, John Cacayuran won the nomination to be Manitoba Liberal candidate for the Point Douglas constituency.  

Cacuyuran, whose until recently was working as a staffer for Maryann Mihychuk, MP for Kildonan St. Paul, said he was eager to start campaigning and that there was an excellent chance he could win.“I have a lot of respect for my opponents, but I think that we have an opportunity to win here in Point Douglas in this by-election,” said Cacayuran. “The Manitoba Liberal Party made major gains here in the last election, and we are a party of the people who want to give Point Douglas a voice.” 

A packed room for John's nomination

A packed room for John's nomination

The Liberals’ Interim leader, Judy Klassen, is the first ever Indigenous leader of a provincial party, said she was optimistic as well. The Manitoba Liberal Party has been polling ahead of the NDP consistently in recent polls, as the NDP has struggled in opposition and with internal scandals. 

“We are very optimistic about our chances in Point Douglas, and we are positioning ourselves to be a strong and positive alternative to the PCs and the NDP,” said Klassen. 

Leadership dates announced

The Manitoba Liberal Party today announced that they will select a new party leader on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The day-long event will be held in Winnipeg at the Victoria Inn and Hotel Convention Centre. Former Member of Parliament and past interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Bob Rae will attend the event as a special guest speaker.

“We are excited to announce this important date to our party members and also the general public,” said Wendy Martin White, Co-Chair of the Manitoba Liberal Party Leadership Committee. “There has never been a more important time for Liberals in Manitoba and the selection of a new Leader will help advance the rebuilding process that the party is currently undergoing.”

The leadership contest will formally start on May 15, 2017, when contestants may begin submitting their completed applications.

“The Manitoba Liberal Party Leadership Committee is committed to ensuring accessibility throughout our leadership contest and to achieve that, we will be holding a number of debates and other public events,” said Sandy Chahal, Co-Chair of the Manitoba Liberal Party Leadership Committee. “We want our members and the public to engage with us during the selection of a new leader and to help the party provide a strong and balanced voice for Manitoba.”

Leadership contestants will be subject to a green light process and the winner will be selected using a one member, one vote system.  Manitoba Liberal Party leadership contest rules are approved by the party’s Board of Directors with advice from the party’s Provincial Council. The Manitoba Liberal Party will launch its leadership contest webpage on Manitobaliberals.ca in mid-February and contest rules will be made available to members and the public via the site.

Elections Manitoba information regarding leadership contests and financing is available by visiting http://www.electionsmanitoba.ca/en/Political_Participation/Leadership_Contests_FAQ


Point Douglas Byelection

The constituency of Point Douglas is set for a by-election now that the current MLA has officially stepped down.  We invite any member of the Manitoba Liberal Party interested in becoming a candidate for this by-election to contact the party:

executive.director@manitobaliberals.ca  or call 204.988.9380

We are hopeful the nomination meeting will be held at the end of the month.All potential candidates are subject to a green light process so time is of essence.  Act Now!

Wine and Cheese fundraiser

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire. -Edith Sitwell

Take a break from the winter blahs! Join gracious hosts John Orlikow and Silvia de Sousa, and many other Manitoba Liberals for a wine and cheese night.

Proceeds go towards helping the Manitoba Liberal Party prepare for by-elections and a fall 2017 leadership contest. Monday, January 9, 2017 7 pm to 9pm 936 Dorchester Avenue

Check out the events page to purchase tickets

Manitoba Liberal Party Board of Directors appoints Judy Klassen, MLA for Kewatinook as Interim Leader

For Immediate Release

Friday, October 21, 2016


Manitoba Liberal Party Board of Directors appoints

Judy Klassen, MLA for Kewatinook as Interim Leader



Winnipeg, MB – The Manitoba Liberal Party’s Board of Directors has appointed Judy Klassen, MLA for Kewatinook, as Interim Leader. Judy assumes this role effective immediately. 

As MLA for the largest constituency in the province, and a passionate advocate for all Manitobans, Judy will continue to work with her fellow Manitoba Liberal MLA’s to present a strong Liberal voice in the Legislature. 

As Interim Leader, Klassen will be responsible for working with constituency associations to solidify the party’s organization in all regions of the province.  She will also participate in outreach to new and current party members as well as supporting the Board of Directors’ fundraising activities.   

“It’s an honour to accept the position of Interim Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party,” says Klassen. “I believe this party can prove to Manitobans that we are a thoughtful, constructive and compassionate party with a real drive to change things for the better.”

“Judy is an amazing person who cares deeply about the region that she represents,” says Peter Koroma, Manitoba Liberal Party President. “I have no doubt she will do a great job attracting new supporters and leading our party during this time of transition.”

As a rule, Klassen shall not run for permanent leadership, unless she steps down from the position no later than June 20, 2017 —after which time she will be ineligible for the permanent position.

With a new Interim Leader in place, Manitoba Liberals will focus their efforts on fundraising and organization of constituency associations. 

On Saturday, October 15, 2016, Provincial Council members recommended to the Board of Directors that the contest to select a new Leader be held in the fall of 2017. The Board will consider this recommendation at their next meeting. 


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For More Information Contact:

Manitoba Liberal Party Communications 




October 18, 2016



Winnipeg, MB – Provincial Council members from the Manitoba Liberal Party met at the West End Commons Saturday, Oct. 15 to draft a timeline and rules for the contest to elect their next leader. The council gathers opinions from candidates and the grassroots of the party, which the executive board will use to come to a final decision.

With 14 candidates from the 2016 election and many board members in attendance, the Provincial Council reached consensus that the leadership contest should take place in the fall of 2017

Aside from the timeline, Provincial Council members debated specific rules that should guide the election process, such as:

  • How many members’ signatures and sign-ups should be required;
  • How much the candidates’ financial deposit should be;
  • And, what kind of vetting process should be in place.

“We understand that this is one of – if not the – most important issues facing Liberals as we look toward the 2020 election,” says Peter Koroma, President, Manitoba Liberal Party. “I have no doubt that there are many qualified Manitobans out there waiting to find out what the leadership process will be.”

With a nearly-full executive board and a groundswell of positive public sentiment, the Liberals are focusing on organizing the party and fundraising for the future.

Recommendations from the Provincial Council will be ratified or amended by the executive board before the leadership contest date is confirmed. .

In addition to finalizing the leadership contest rules, the party is also looking to make a decision on Interim Leader in the coming days.

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For More Information Contact:

Manitoba Liberal Party Communications 



Introducing the Builders Club

Builders Club

Introducing … the Builders Club

Faced with the loss of revenue resulting from the elimination of the Annual Allowance, the MLP Board had to seek out a way of making up for those lost dollars. We are losing over $63,000 per year in operating revenue that we need to continue operating our headquarters. We need to be ready in order to be more successful in the next election in 2020 -and any by-election that might happen before then.

Research has shown that the most affordable way for members to support their political views is by on-going donations rather than asking for large one-time donations. We want to work with our members’ capacity to support and acknowledge that support in a way demonstrates their contribution.

The Builders Club is a new program of on-going financial support with different levels to accommodate different member’s capacity to contribute.

It starts out at the Member level- all members will receive a Builders Club lapel pin, for members who contribute from$10 - $99 monthly.

The next step is the Gold Member, $100 - $199 monthly, who- in addition to the lapel pin, will receive discounts to events and two tickets to the Annual Leader’s Dinner.

The highest level is the Diamond Member for those who contribute $200 monthly, who will receive all the benefits of the Gold Member plus a private luncheon with the Party Leader.

Your participation in the Builders Club is part of the foundation we are laying down to for a stable future.


Bill 9 Eliminates the Annual Allowance



One of the first things that the Tory government did was eliminate the Annual Allowance for Registered Parties which will mean a loss of $63,255 annually for the Manitoba Liberal Party.

To address this loss of revenue the party has started the Builders Club, a program to encourage supporters to donate on a regular basis directly to the central party to cover the operating costs of the party. You can see how the Builders Club works in our article on it. This article explains how campaign financing legislation has evolved.  



Campaign finance legislation is based on the premise that money is a significant factor in electoral success.

Legislation therefore attempts to promote financial equity and fairness primarily with respect to election campaigns. Some have referred to campaign finance legislation as legislation designed to create a level playing field.

Campaign finance legislation, in the form of The Election Financing Act (EFA), was introduced in Manitoba in 1980. It included a limit on advertising expenses and public financial support in the form of tax credit. In 1985, it was expanded to limit total election expenses, allow for reimbursement of expenses and included an audit subsidy.

Goals of the legislation include:

  • increasing participation in the electoral process

  • controlling the amounts of money which can be spent

  • sharing of resources so as to promote a broader range of views

  • public financial support (reimbursement of eligible expenses and tax credits for contributions)


Since its introduction, The EFA has continued to evolve to improve the fairness and transparency of the electoral system through the introduction of contribution limits and by enhancing public disclosure (the types of information political participants must report to Elections Manitoba).

In 2012, the EFA was rewritten in plain language to make the law more accessible to the public. Along with the re-write, the new legislation changed the way in which the annual allowance to registered parties was administered and introduced new third party legislation.

The Annual Allowance was established by an independent commission chaired by Dr. Paul Thomas. All registered parties are entitled to receive an annual allowance to assist with administrative and certain operating costs, including costs incurred in complying with this Act. Bill 9 eliminates this allowance and that means we need to make up for a loss of $63,255 in operational funds.

In short, parties can now only get funds directly from donors and from reimbursements received after an election or by-election. It means we need to put a lot more emphasis on fundraising simply to stay in operation.

With content from Elections Manitoba