On Tuesday evening it was officially announced that Douglas was elected MLA for St. Boniface. Françoise Therrien Vrignon (Manitoba Green Party), Mamadou Ka (Progressive Conservative) and Blandine Tona (NDP) participated in the pre-election race.
However, Douglas outflanked his rivals and won this difficult battle. In his statement, he said that he always believed that St. Boniface was ready to change for the better, and after the byelection these changes became possible.
According to unofficial data, Lamont was in the lead with a large margin. He got 2,625 votes, the second candidate received 1,770 votes, the third person received 1,017 votes and the fourth one received only 834 votes.
This victory can provide The Liberals a fourth seat in the Legislature. Lamont commented his victory and told that he is really glad that now he has an opportunity to confront Pallister in the Legislature. He hopes to become a new opposition voice.
Greg Selinger, a former NDP Premier, had help this seat since 1999. However, at the beginning of this year, he resigned. Some political observers expressed their opinion that the party has not still recovered from the loss of seats in 2016.
NDP leader believes that the changes have come about for the better and he sincerely supports Dougald Lamont. There are difficult tasks for Lamont because he needs to find an office, to hire employees and to show that he and his team will be able to fulfill the pre-election promises.
We want to recall that the Manitoba Liberal Party had no had official status since 1995. The Liberal Party promotes individual freedom, the idea of public good, the guarantee of legal and political equality to all people. So, it is time for a big change for all Canadians.