Manitoba is not an island. In this province, like so many other parts of the world, we have more freedoms and choices than ever before in history. But with all those freedoms and choices comes confusion and uncertainty. It’s not hard to understand that the only thing certain about tomorrow is that it will definitely be different than today. To ease this uncertainty and confusion, Manitobans need clear direction and solid leadership from all our political leaders.
This province will never function to its greatest capacity unless people can rely upon the covenants and commitments of this province’s political leaders. This ideal goes beyond just legislative authority and far beyond the status quo. The influence on Broadway must extend to all people of Manitoba who rely on these leaders for the future of our province.
The next leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party must be willing to sacrifice and serve the people of this party and must be an example for those who want direction and purpose in their lives. The next leader must attract those whose passion is to accomplish and contribute to this great province. The next leader we choose will have the opportunity to provide hope instead of despair.
The responsibility of leading this party into the future involves more than just observing what people are doing; the task involves the process of understanding and accepting what people are trying to become.
The next Manitoba Liberal leader must be committed. This leader cannot be a bystander or carry a title of simple position and policy. Being the next leader means being responsible for the long-term vision of this party and not the short–term personal benefits we have become accustomed to accepting for far too long.
The next leader must listen and learn from the ones they lead; the door must be open. The next leader has to be connected by listening to the people of this province at all levels and in all areas. The next leader must become an obsessive learner and avoid the all too common trap of the arrogance of ignorance. The next leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party has to be a giver, not a taker. The next leader must never just accept the position or title, but rather keep the promises to the people even if it is at their own personal risk and sacrifice.
The next leader of this party must make things happen. This new leader must promote diversity, recognizing that differences in party members can strengthen the party and the province. They have to create an atmosphere where everyone is willing to accept the differences and strive to create an environment where different people are willing to contribute as part of the whole. As groups of different people work together under a new effective leadership, they will understand the reality that no one person can accomplish this daunting task alone. An individual standing alone contributes less than a member of the whole.
And finally, this new leader must be value driven and performance oriented. They must think judiciously about what is right and what is wrong when executing the responsibilities that lie ahead. They must lead people to do things the right way and to do the right thing. They must clearly provide examples by actions and conduct, maintaining a continued expectation and standard for others to follow. Truth cannot be compromised. The truth of what we say is shown by what we do and if we don’t live by that, The Manitoba Liberal Party will never be in a position to represent the people of this province.
For all these reasons, I made the decision to support Rana Bokhari as our new leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party. And for that reason alone, I have renewed hope in this party.