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Manitoba Liberals don't look to be getting cosy with the Greens any time soon.
At their annual general meeting on Saturday, the provincial Liberals rejected a motion that would have seen their board reach out to the Green party to see how the two could co-operate and collaborate.
The resolution also would have required a plebiscite of party members before the Liberals entered into any formal arrangement with the Greens.
But in a 25-to-17 vote, the Liberals, who hold only one seat in the Manitoba legislature, shot the idea down. (One member abstained from voting.)
Among those who supported a closer relationship with the Green party -- the two groups agree on several environmental issues -- were now-interim Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard and Paul Hesse, a Winnipeg lawyer who is touted as a potential leadership candidate. Neither man spoke to the resolution, but both voted in favour of the motion co-sponsored by Liberals in Portage la Prairie and the Winnipeg constituency of Logan.
"We need to bring in new ideas and new people. There are common causes between the Liberals and the Green Party of Manitoba," said the motion's mover, a Portage la Prairie Liberal. "We're suggesting merely that people discuss (it), take it out to the community, take it out to the constituencies and find out what the people think."
But several more members worried about what kind of message the party would be sending at a time when it is searching for a new leader.
City restaurateur Sachit Mehra, a member of the Liberal executive, said reaching out to the Greens at this time would make it appear "the party doesn't know where it is right now" and could negatively affect party donations and the ability to attract quality leadership candidates.
A new party leader might want to enter into talks with the Greens, Mehra said. "But that is not our decision to make today."
Green Leader James Beddome could not immediately be reached for comment late Saturday.
On Friday evening, Gerrard, 64, formally stepped down as party leader. He will carry on as interim leader until his successor his chosen. The River Heights MLA has also said he will continue to hold his seat until the next election in 2015.
Also this weekend, the party amended its constitution to delay choosing a new leader until the fall of 2013. Under the old rules, it would have had to choose a successor to Gerrard by this time next year. But the federal wing of the party will be selecting a new leader next May, so the provincial Liberals decided to change the timing of their own leadership vote. A date and convention location are yet to be set.
The federal and provincial wings of the Manitoba Liberal party conducted their AGMs at the same time and in the same location -- the Norwood Hotel. Some 200 Liberals are estimated to have taken in the sessions on Friday and Saturday.
The provincial Liberals had experimented with giving away memberships for free. But since the start of the year the party has reverted to a paid membership. As of Saturday, it had fewer than 1,000 paid-up members. Memberships cost $10 for two years.
The party also announced it is well on the way toward eliminating its debt, which has been cut to about $25,000 from $125,000 following the provincial election.
Saskatchewan MP Ralph Goodale, a former federal cabinet minister, addressed the luncheon on Saturday, while interim federal Liberal Leader Bob Rae was to speak at the evening banquet. The dinner was also to feature a tribute to late former Winnipeg MP and cabinet minister Reg Alcock.
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.