Dougald Lamont

Dougald Lamont (born April 23, 1969) is a Canadian politician, currently the leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party.[2] He was elected the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba for St. Boniface in a by-election held on July 17, 2018.

Dougald Lamont

Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party
Assumed office
October 21, 2017
Preceded byRana Bokhari
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba for St. Boniface
Assumed office
July 17, 2018
Preceded byGreg Selinger
Personal details
Born (1969-04-23) April 23, 1969 (age 50)[1]
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Cecilia Lamont
Children4
ParentsFrank (deceased), Judy Lamont
ResidenceWinnipeg
Alma materUniversity of Manitoba
ProfessionPolitician, businessman, teacher

Lamont holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English literature from the University of Manitoba. He was a vice-president of the Graduate Students’ Association and member of the University of Manitoba Board of Governors. Lamont worked as a lecturer in government-business relations at the University of Winnipeg.

He ran for a seat in the Manitoba legislature in the 2003 provincial election, placing second in St. Boniface behind then-finance minister and future New Democratic Party of Manitoba leader and Premier Greg Selinger.

In 2013, Lamont was the runner-up in the Manitoba Liberal Party leadership election to Rana Bokhari.

Lamont has worked as an advisor to Jon Gerrard, Sharon Carstairs, MaryAnn Mihychuk, Robert-Falcon Ouellette, and Winnipeg City Council member John Orlikow. He served as co-chair of Ouellette's campaign to become Mayor of Winnipeg in 2014, and was director of communications for Ouellette's successful campaign to become Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre in 2015.

Lamont was elected Manitoba Liberal leader at the October 21, 2017 Liberal leadership election, defeating MLA Cindy Lamoureux on the second ballot by eight votes.[3] On July 17, 2018, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba for St. Boniface in a by-election held after Greg Selinger resigned as the riding's MLA when he retired from politics.

Lamont led the Manitoba Liberals into the 2019 provincial election. He was one of three Liberal MLAs returned, being re-elected in St. Boniface, while Gerrard was re-elected in River Heights and Lamoureux won in Tyndall Park.

Electoral recordEdit

Manitoba provincial by-election, 17 July 2018: St. Boniface (provincial electoral district)
Resignation of Greg Selinger
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Dougald Lamont 2,625 42.03 +22.57 $
New Democratic Blandine Tona 1,770 28.34 -14.07 $
Green Françoise Therrien Vrignon 1,017 16.28 +4.02 $
Progressive Conservative Mamadou Ka 834 13.35 -12.52 $
Total valid votes 6,246 99.62
Total rejected and declines votes 24 0.38 -1.24
Turnout 6,270 48.38 -15.29
Electors on the lists 12,960
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing +18.32
2003 Manitoba general election: St. Boniface
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Greg Selinger 4,904 74.34 +17.77 $18,257.78
Liberal Dougald Lamont 952 14.43 -16.71 $5,020.72
     Progressive Conservative Dan Zahari 741 11.23 -1.05 $769.27
Total valid votes 6,597 100.00
Rejected and declined ballots 38
Turnout 6,635 52.19
Electors on the lists 12,712

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Macdonell, Beth (October 22, 2017). "New Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont plans to win seat before next election". Winnipeg.
  2. ^ Nick Martin (October 21, 2017). "Dougald Lamont wins Liberal leadership". Winnipeg Free Press.
  3. ^ Dan Lett (October 22, 2017). "All systems go for Liberal reboot. Will they blow it?". Winnipeg Free Press.