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Posted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:16 pm Post subject: Manitoba liberals could drop to 1 seat , as mla eyes fed run
Inkster MLA Lamoureux considering federal run
By Paul Turenne, WINNIPEG SUN
Last Updated: April 11, 2010 12:41pm
.Longtime Liberal MLA Kevin Lamoureux says he will likely resign his seat and run federally if Judy Wasylycia-Leis runs for mayor, and possibly even if she doesn’t.
Lamoureux has represented the north Winnipeg riding of Inkster at the Manitoba legislature for all but four years since 1988 — he lost in 1999 and was re-elected in 2003 — but is now turning his attention to the federal riding of Winnipeg North.
The seat is currently held by the NDP’s Wasylycia-Leis, who is publicly contemplating a run for mayor that would require her to step down.
“I’ve been approached by a number of people to run,” Lamoureux said. “Over the next week or so I’ll be decided. Unless something happens between now and then, I’ll indicate I’m interested in running at the federal level. I suspect it would be pretty tough to talk me out of it.”
Wasylycia-Leis, who has held the federal seat for 13 years, has said she’ll decide whether she’s running for mayor by the end of the month.
Lamoureux said he’s been mulling the jump to federal politics for some time, but the possibility of Wasylycia-Leis leaving and a subsequent byelection forces him “to make the decision more quickly.” He may run in the next general federal election anyway.
“If Judy decides not to step down I guess it will just be that much more interesting of a race,” he said, noting he’s confident he can win the federal Liberal nomination but “takes nothing for granted.”
Lamoureux has scheduled a breakfast meeting with supporters for April 17 and will announce his intentions to them at that time. He will then speak to constituents.
“Almost without exception, people seem excited about the prospect of me going federal,” Lamoureux said. “But I will listen to my constituents. If they can convince me there’s a significant argument why I should stay, then I will.”
His departure would leave Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard as the only party representative on Broadway.
“Kevin and I have had some good chats about this,” Gerrard said. “If Kevin makes the jump, I look forward to working with him and strengthening the provincial party in north Winnipeg, as well as electing him.”
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Manitoba liberals could drop to 1 seat , as mla eyes fed run