Manitoba Liberals to discuss leadership, possible merger with Greens
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, May 10, 2012 1:16PM CST
Manitoba's battered Liberal Party will try to map out its future at its annual meeting this weekend, including a possible merger with the Green Party.
The Liberals are expected to select the fall of 2013 as the date to elect a new leader to replace Jon Gerrard, who announced his intention to resign after last fall's election.
The election saw the party reduced to just one legislature seat -- Gerrard's -- and prompted Gerrard and some other Liberals to talk about a possible merger with the seatless Green Party.
But earlier this year, Liberal directors quashed the idea of a merger and suspended two board members who had revealed internal discussions about the idea.
A resolution to be debated this weekend calls for the Liberals and Greens to work co-operatively on some topics.
The resolution also calls for a plebiscite on the merger idea, because it has not been put to grassroots members so far.