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.
Jon Gerrard announced Oct. 20, 2011 that he won't lead the Manitoba Liberals in the next election.