Manitoba Liberals a 'wild card' in April election

A year ago the Manitoba Liberals were "dead in the water," but today they are alive and kicking, says political analyst Christopher Adams.

Once in third place, Liberals have a good shot at winning seats in 2016, says political analyst

A year ago the Manitoba Liberals were "dead in the water," but today they are alive and kicking, says political analyst Christopher Adams. 1:21

A year ago the Manitoba Liberals were "dead in the water," but today they are alive and kicking, says political analyst Christopher Adams.

If an election was held today the Manitoba Liberal Party would be competing with Progressive Conservatives for seats, he said. The NDP would have the fewest seats.
Political analyst Christopher Adams says the Manitoba Liberals have a shot at winning a number of seats April 19. (CBC)

"We've seen three polls since early-December come out ... they were done according to a proper methodology. All three of them have the NDP in third place," said Adams.

The Liberals are in effect this election's "wild card," said Adams. One reason for the surge in popularity is the success of federal Liberals last October, he said.

"This time around you wonder about the brand halo of Justin Trudeau and that there are people who are proud to declare themselves Liberals," he said.

The Manitoba Liberals brought on some well-known Winnipeggers including former Global News anchor Peter Chura and Indigenous community activist Althea Guiboche. Currently, Jon Gerrard holds the only Liberal seat in the provincial legislature. 
Althea Guiboche (left) and Manitoba Liberal Party leader Rana Bokhari speak to reporters after Guiboche was introduced as the Liberal candidate for Point Douglas in the April election. (Jeff Stapleton/CBC)

"We're seeing candidates who are gravitating to the Liberal party who are credible candidates," said Adams.

Manitoba's election takes place April 19, 2016.