Cindy Lamoureux announced Friday she is running to become leader of the Manitoba Liberal party, citing her young age as a strength.
To underscore the point, the 25-year-old MLA for Burrows arrived at her press conference on the south side of the Manitoba Legislative Building on a motorcycle, joining two dozen supporters for the brief, low-key event.
"I think my age is a wonderful asset. I am taking full advantage of it," Lamoureux said, noting former NDP premier Ed Schreyer, whom she referred to as an inspiration, was only 22 when he was first elected as an MLA.
"It can be an asset to Manitoba as well. We want young people involved. People always say that young people are the future. No, young people are today. So allow us that opportunity."
Lamoureux, first elected in 2016, is the first to declare her candidacy for the party leadership.
Rana Bokhari stepped down after the party’s disappointing election showing a year ago. The new leader will be chosen in October.
Lamoureux’s father, Kevin, served in the legislature for 18 years. He’s been a Winnipeg member of Parliament since 2010, serving the riding of Winnipeg North.
Interim Liberal leader Judy Klassen attended the event, saying she supported Lamoureux’s decision to run. She stopped short of endorsing her as a leadership candidate.
If Klassen were to contest the leadership, she would have until June 20 to step down as interim party leader.
River Heights MLA and former party leader Jon Gerrard did not attend Lamoureux’s announcement Friday.