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Bokhari denies divide between Liberal wings

Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press</p><p>Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari </p><p>

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Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari 

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Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari denies there is a rift between the federal and provincial wings of her party.

Bokhari, reacting to a Free Press report Friday, said “it’s absolutely false” a divide exists, and she invited reporters to attend the Liberals’ annual general meeting March 4 to 5 to see for themselves.

A Free Press column, quoting anonymous sources, said there is not a lot of enthusiasm for Bokhari among some federal Liberals. Some Grits say they don’t think she has what it takes to win the April 19 general election.

They say her choice of former Conservative operative Mike Brown as her communications director has also alienated some within the party. This has prevented the sharing of lists of supporters, volunteers and donors between the federal and provincial wings, they allege.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 27/2/2016 (1061 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari denies there is a rift between the federal and provincial wings of her party.

Bokhari, reacting to a Free Press report Friday, said "it’s absolutely false" a divide exists, and she invited reporters to attend the Liberals’ annual general meeting March 4 to 5 to see for themselves.

A Free Press column, quoting anonymous sources, said there is not a lot of enthusiasm for Bokhari among some federal Liberals. Some Grits say they don’t think she has what it takes to win the April 19 general election.

They say her choice of former Conservative operative Mike Brown as her communications director has also alienated some within the party. This has prevented the sharing of lists of supporters, volunteers and donors between the federal and provincial wings, they allege.

Bokhari noted the sources quoted in the column were hiding behind the veil of anonymity. She rejected the notion the NDP, as some allege, have a better chance of beating the Progressive Conservatives. "The NDP don’t have a chance of being an alternative to the Tories," she said.

Bokhari noted the federal and provincial wings of the Liberal party share an office on Broadway, and the AGM early next month is a joint affair.

"I know that (provincial) candidates are getting help from MPs," she said.

"It’s not like we’re so divided. We’re in the same office. We’re in the same building. We have the same volunteers."

While there is no commitment yet from Justin Trudeau to visit Manitoba during the provincial election campaign, Bokhari said that is not surprising due to his heavy schedule as prime minister. But she expressed confidence the PM will do everything he can to come and help.

Bokhari defended her relationship with her federal counterparts Friday after a news conference, at which she promised, if elected, to create a $200 tax credit for those who create a living will. Specifically, the help would go to those wishing to create a health-care directive for family members and health-care providers about preferred treatment options should they become incapacitated.

"This really is one of the most stressful times for family, and as a result they may be unable to come to grips with what their loved one really wants," Bokhari said.

"By creating a living will or personal health-care directive you take the decisions into your own hands. We believe Manitobans want this, and we feel a modest tax credit will make that decision easier and more affordable."

— Larry Kusch

Larry Kusch

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Larry Kusch didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life until he attended a high school newspaper editor’s workshop in Regina in the summer of 1969 and listened to a university student speak glowingly about the journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa.

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Updated on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 9:45 AM CST: Typo fixed.

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