WINNIPEG —; Following a tough week on the campaign trail, Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari spoke at the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce breakfast Wednesday morning, pitching her party’s platform to business leaders.
Bokhari has seen her party’s support slip in the polls after a number of missteps in the past weeks. She has lost seven candidates, been criticized for policy announcements and on Tuesday, dealt with her communications director appearing to have sent an internal email to the media by accident.
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Mike Brown sent the email, asking candidates not to speak poorly of Bokhari. The email was sent to many members of media, but Brown said he meant to send it out.
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At the business breakfast, Bokhari also stood by the email, saying it was “100 per cent meant for everyone,” and that Manitobans don’t care about internal party struggles.
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She also said there have been a handful of emails from different organizations that have been “racist and sexist,” personally attacking the party.
“I have no issue with any individual organization, however, if you are going to call up people specifically for something, it is a problem.”
During her address, Bokhari was asked by Manitoba Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Chuck Davidson how she is finding the experience of her first campaign as a party leader.
“Can I just smile?” she said. “I’m enjoying the process. Can I leave it at that?”
She wrapped up her speech by saying the couple weeks have taught her she isn’t a career politician and neither are most of her candidates.
The latest polls have seen the Liberals slip to about 15 per cent support.
With files from CJOB