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Manitoba Liberals will select a new leader in Winnipeg on Oct. 21.
In a statement Thursday, the party said the leadership contest will formally begin May 15. That's when contestants may begin submitting their applications.
"We are excited to announce this important date to our party members and also the general public," said Wendy Martin White, co-chair of the party's leadership committee. "There has never been a more important time for Liberals in Manitoba and the selection of a new leader will help advance the rebuilding process that the party is currently undergoing."
Liberals had anticipated a breakthrough in Manitoba in the 2016 provincial election as polls going into the campaign placed them in a promising position to form the official Opposition.
However, the party's campaign, under leader Rana Bokhari, faltered, and the Grits won just three seats, one short of party status in the Manitoba legislature. Bokhari lost to the NDP's Wab Kinew in Fort Rouge and later announced her resignation as leader.
Judy Klassen (Keewatinook) has served as the party's interim leader since October. She has not ruled out a leadership run. If she did contest it, she would be required to step down from the interim leadership by June 20.
Leadership contestants will be subject to a "green light" vetting process conducted by an assessment committee, and the winner will be selected using a one-member, one-vote system, the party announced.
It said it will launch a leadership contest web page on Manitobaliberals.ca by mid-month, and contest rules will be made available to members and the public via the site.