WINNIPEG – Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont has retained his seat of St. Boniface in Winnipeg’s French district in the provincial election.
Lamont took the longtime NDP seat away from the New Democrats in a by-election last year, nine months after he became party leader.
The Manitoba Liberals are on the brink of 4 seats, and are so close to keeping official party status. Subtle excitement is creeping into the Norwood hotel – but still no celebrations. @CityNewsWPG pic.twitter.com/kge1qdOmJB
— Michael Albanese (@AlbsCityNews) September 11, 2019
The by-election was held after former NDP premier Greg Selinger retired from politics.
Lamont does not live in the constituency, but has been visible at community events and has worked on his French-language skills.
“We ran a campaign we can be proud of, at the end of the day we can hold our heads high,” says Lamont, after an extremely warm welcome into the Liberal HQ. @CityNewsWPG #mbpoli pic.twitter.com/vBfWUbSSJg
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The Liberals ran on boosting public spending by $1.4 billion or more annually, mainly to aid health care and education.
Lamont, speaking to supporters, said he was proud of his team running a positive campaign that pushed critical issues to the forefront. But he said politics is ultimately an unforgiving “blood sport.”
“You can put everything you have into something. You can deliver the best work of your life, and sometimes it’s still not enough. And that’s life. And that’s politics,” he said.
“We will continue to build.”
Lamont will face a mandatory party leadership review.