Federal Liberal cabinet minister, John McCallum, snubs Manitoba Liberals during election campaign

A federal Liberal in Justin Trudeau's cabinet snubbed the provincial Liberals at a funding announcement in Winnipeg Thursday, but the provincial party said it's satisfied with the level of federal support it's received.

Liberal MP John McCallum says he's staying 'neutral,' Manitoba Liberals satisfied with level of support

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship John McCallum says he'll have "no involvement" with the provincial Liberals while in Winnipeg for a funding announcement. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

A federal Liberal in Justin Trudeau's cabinet snubbed the provincial Liberals at a funding announcement in Winnipeg Thursday.

The political snub came from Immigration Minister John McCallum while he was in Winnipeg for the day to announce a new fund to help settle Syrian refugees.

McCallum said he will not help his provincial counterparts as they try to win votes ahead of next month's provincial election.

"I will have no involvement in the provincial election," McCallum said. "I don't even have time today, if I wanted to, but no, I am staying neutral." 

The Manitoba Liberals said they're satisfied with the level of federal support they've received. 

"We have the support of local Manitoba MPs and that's what's most important to us," the Manitoba Liberal's wrote in a statement. 

Last month, a handful of the Winnipeg Liberal MPs, such as cabinet ministers Jim Carr and MaryAnn Mihychuk, attended the provincial party's Annual General Meeting. 

At the meeting, Mihychuk, who is the Liberal MP for Kildonan-St. Paul, told CBC News she was coaching provincial Liberal candidates. 

She also said she was door-knocking with some of them, including Burrows Liberal candidate Cindy Lamoureux, who is the daughter of Winnipeg North MP Kevin Lamoureux.

Mihychuk also criticized the provincial party for its vetting of candidates, following the discovery of derogatory comments made by one of the party's former candidates on social media.

The provincial election is April 19th. 

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