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Manitobans once again will be going to the polls in April, this time for the provincial election. Join us for The Chamber’s 2016 Provincial Leaders Debate, where those vying to be the next Premier address the business community and share their priorities and vision for our province.
Rana Bokhari – Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party
Elected leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party on October 26th, 2013, Rana Bokhari stepped forward to offer Manitobans a new kind of politics and a strong, progressive alternative to the tired status quo.
Rana brought with her a wealth of public service experience, having played a lead role organizing fundraisers for charity organizations representing local and international causes.
Some pundits wrote off her chances during the leadership race, saying she lacked a popular name. Nevertheless, Rana stuck to her vision and reached out to sign up hundreds of new Liberals who shared her values and vision for a better Manitoba. Her hard-working campaign paid off when she was elected by long-time Liberals and many people who had been left out of the political process for too long.
This was a sign of things to come. As leader, Rana has been actively reaching out to many communities that have felt ignored by Manitoba politics. Whether she’s speaking to student groups, neighbourhood associations, rural Manitobans, small-business owners or new Canadians, there is one constant message: Manitobans want a leader who will listen and be accountable.
Rana is committed to offering a transparent, accountable and progressive alternative for all the people of Manitoba. Growing up in a farming family of seven in Anola, Manitoba, she is all too aware of the rural-urban divide in our province and she has committed to finding good local candidates to run in all communities with a focus on what is best for all Manitobans.
Rana Bokhari did not join politics to take part in the typical mudslinging or ideological arguments; instead she is committed to highlighting her role as a public servant. As such, she has been visiting communities across Winnipeg and the entire province in order to hear their concerns and listen to their opinions regarding how the government could work better for them.
In Rana Bokhari, the Manitoba Liberal Party has a genuine “people person” leading the way and working to bring in many people who share her liberal values and are committed to seeing a better Manitoba with more opportunities for all.
She invites all of us to join her in building something new and authentic for our province; a political party that is responsive, transparent and accountable to all Manitobans.
Premier Greg Selinger – Leader of the NDP
On October 19th, 2009, Greg Selinger became Manitoba’s 21st Premier.
Greg was first elected as MLA for St. Boniface in 1999. He was re-elected in 2003, 2007 and 2011 and is currently serving his fourth term. Greg was appointed by Premier Gary Doer to the Finance portfolio on October 5, 1999. At that time, he was also appointed Minister responsible for French Language Services and for the Crown Corporations Public Review and Accountability Act. In 2001, Greg was charged with the Civil Service Commission and in 2006, became minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro. The Liquor Control Commission and the Manitoba Lotteries Corporation were added to his responsibilities in 2007.
Greg has a PhD in social policy and administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the University of Manitoba.
BRIAN PALLISTER – Leader of the Progressive Conservative
Brian and his wife Esther live in Winnipeg with their two daughters. Brian became Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba in July 2012 and in September of that year, he was elected to represent the constituency of Fort Whyte.
First entering politics in 1992 as a member of the
Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba, Brian served as a cabinet minister
in the Government of Gary Filmon until 1997.
In 1997, he moved to federal politics and was elected three times. He was appointed as chair of the House of Commons Finance Committee in 2005, and in 2007 was appointed parliamentary secretary to the Ministers of International Trade and International Cooperation.
While in public office, Brian championed legislation to protect the rights of women on First Nation reserves, public safety initiatives and tough legislation to protect taxpayers against government overspending and overtaxing.
Today, he is eager to work hard as Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition and to meet with and engage Manitobans in building a stronger Manitoba. He and the PC team are working hard to fight against the PST hike and for a government that respects taxpayers rights.
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