Jon Gerrard

Jon Gerrard PC MLA (born October 13, 1947) is a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1993 to 1997, and was a secretary of state in the government of Jean Chrétien. He was the leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party from 1998 until 2013, and the member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba for River Heights since 1999.

Jon Gerrard

Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party
In office
October 18, 1998  October 26, 2013
Preceded byGinny Hasselfield
Succeeded byRana Bokhari
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
Assumed office
September 21, 1999
Preceded byMike Radcliffe
ConstituencyRiver Heights
Member of the House of Commons of Canada
In office
October 25, 1993  June 2, 1997
Preceded byFelix Holtmann
Personal details
Born (1947-10-13) October 13, 1947
Birmingham, England
Political party
Alma mater

Early life and private career

Gerrard was born in Birmingham, England, and grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Saskatchewan (1967), a Doctor of Medicine degree from McGill University (1971), a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Minnesota (1976), and a Certificate in Pediatrics from the American Academy of Pediatrics (1976).[1] He worked at several prominent American institutions in the 1970s, and returned to Canada in 1980 to accept a position as pediatrician at the Winnipeg Children's Hospital.[2] Gerrard served as head of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at this hospital from 1985 to 1992, and taught at the University of Manitoba from 1980 to 1993.[3] He has authored or co-authored over 200 scientific publications, and became known during the 1980s as an expert on the research and treatment of children's cancer.[4][5] Gerrard has also been interested in bald eagles since his teenaged years, and co-authored a book entitled The Bald Eagle: Haunts and Habits of a Wilderness Monarch in 1988.[6] He has been studying eagles at Besnard Lake in Saskatchewan for 50 years.[7]

Gerrard became active with the Liberal Party of Canada while working on his undergraduate degree, impressed with Prime Minister Lester Pearson's positions on social and international issues.[8] He was a delegate to the Liberal Party's 1968 leadership convention, supporting John Turner.[9] He later volunteered for the "Non" side in the 1980 Quebec referendum, and became Liberal riding president for Lisgar in 1984. In 1990, he was Manitoba co-chair of Jean Chrétien's successful bid for the Liberal Party leadership.[10]

Government minister

Gerrard was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1993 federal election, defeating two-term Progressive Conservative incumbent Felix Holtmann in the riding of Portage—Interlake.[11] On November 4, 1993, he was appointed as Secretary of State for Science, Research and Development. This was not a full cabinet portfolio, but was instead affiliated with Industry Canada.[12] Gerrard worked closely with Industry Minister John Manley, and oversaw the development of such programs as Technology Partnerships Canada, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, and the Canada Research Chairs.[13]

Internet and communications strategies

Gerrard outlined the Chrétien government's strategy for the burgeoning information highway in February 1994, as internet use increased throughout the country. One of this strategy's goals was to "[put] Canada in cyberspace", by creating a "national network of networks" within the new media. Gerrard indicated that his plan would be targeted toward creating jobs, reinforcing Canada's cultural identity, and ensuring universal internet access at affordable rates.[14] He officially launched an $80 million action plan on January 30, 1995, providing funding for online applications in the fields of business, research, health care and education.[15]

In March 1994, Gerrard described the internet as "very much a Liberal technology in the sense that it is much more individual than collective".[16] Speaking to an interviewer in 2007, he said that the highlight of his political career was convincing the Chrétien government to include a reference to the information highway in its first throne speech.[17]

Gerrard's 1994 strategic statement on the information highway also addressed the subject of industry mergers in the communications sector. He indicated that the Chrétien government would "apply pro-competition policies wherever ... they make sense"[18] and added:

Traditionally, firms in telecommunications, broadcasting, cable and information industries have operated in separate markets enjoying neither competition nor collaboration. We now know this lack of competition has caused us to fall behind the U.S. in the provision and price of advanced telecommunications services.[19]

Science and technology strategies

In June 1994, Manley and Gerrard ordered a full review of federal science and technology policy. This process had three aspects: an internal review, an independent assessment from the National Advisory Board on Science and Technology, and a series of consultations with interested Canadians.[20] Gerrard personally supervised the review's consultative sessions, and was appointed as vice-chairman of the National Advisory Board.[21] The government's new strategy was issued in March 1996, outlining new plans for funding and tax credits.[22]

The Chrétien government's approach to funding the science and technology sectors was given mixed reviews. Some criticized the government for cutting a number of research and science positions during the recession of the early 1990s,[23] although at least one technological journal credited it with maintaining research and development incentives in the austerity budget of 1995.[24] Gerrard himself was described a "passionate advocate" of research investment, and as the driving force behind the government's National Technology Investment Program of 1996.[25]

Additional duties

Gerrard was given additional responsibilities as Secretary of State for Western Economic Diversification on January 25, 1996. He oversaw the expansion of the Community Futures Development Corporation Network throughout Western Canada, and worked with Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy to ensure a secure transition of the Port of Churchill rail line from Canadian National to OmniTRAX.[26]


Gerrard voted in favour of the Chrétien government's national gun registry program in late 1994, despite some personal reservations. The registry was unpopular with many rural Manitobans, and Gerrard remarked to John Manley soon after the vote that it would likely cost him his seat in the next election.[26]

1997 election

The Portage—Interlake riding disappeared with redistribution before the 1997 election. Gerrard ran in the new riding of Selkirk—Interlake, and lost to Reform Party candidate Howard Hilstrom by 66 votes in a very close three-way contest.[27]

Gerrard returned to his work at the Winnipeg Children's Hospital after his defeat. He also became a Medical Research Council of Canada scholar in residence at the University of Manitoba's medical school and applied to become Dean of Medicine,[28] as well as returning to his research work on bald eagles.[29]

Leadership of the Manitoba Liberal Party

Gerrard returned to active political life in 1998, as leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party.

After winning only three seats in the 1995 provincial election and losing its official status in the legislature, the provincial Liberal Party had nearly disintegrated in 1997 under the leadership of Ginny Hasselfield.[30] She resigned in February 1998, and Gerrard declared his candidacy to succeed her. Supported by former leader Sharon Carstairs, he defeated the only other candidate, former Sagkeeng First Nation chief Jerry Fontaine.[31]



Gerrard set modest goals for his party in the 1999 provincial election, saying that the Liberals could win between ten and fifteen seats to hold the balance of power in a minority government.[32] He focused his attention on health care, and pledged that he would serve as his own Minister of Health if elected as Premier.[33] He also promised to appoint a health ombudsman, commit $25 million toward repairing provincial infrastructure, provide $20 million for post-secondary education, end provincial clawbacks of federal tax credits for welfare recipients, and create a new Ministry of Digital Economy and the Information Highway.[34]

The Liberal Party was unable to run a full electoral slate, fielding candidates in only 50 of 57 divisions.[35] Gerrard tried to deflect criticism by joking that he would "put his 50 Liberal candidates up against 57 Tory and NDP candidates any day", but the failure to run a full slate unquestionably damaged his party's prospects.[36]

On election day, Gerrard personally defeated incumbent Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Mike Radcliffe in the upscale Winnipeg division of River Heights, but the Liberals did not win any other seats. The party's popular vote fell from 23% to 13%, as many former Liberal voters shifted to the victorious New Democratic Party under Gary Doer.[37]

Gerrard was the only Liberal member of the Manitoba legislature between 1999 and 2003. He was not personally blamed for the party's loss, and was reaffirmed as party leader in 2000.[38]


Popular support for the Liberal Party increased after the 1999 election, reaching 24% in July 2001 and remaining in the low twenties throughout 2002 and 2003.[39] The party entered the 2003 election in a much improved position from four years earlier: their divisions were largely resolved and their financial situation more secure, and they were able to field a candidate in every division.[40]

Gerrard promised tax cuts for Manitobans under thirty and the elimination of the province's payroll tax,[41] and committed to a "health-care guarantee" wherein the government would fund out-of-province health care if services could not be provided within Manitoba.[42] He also promised to create an organization that would integrate health services from different fields,[43] and to establish community health centres for seniors.[44][45]

Liberal support declined in the final stage of the campaign,[46] and the party ultimately polled a slightly lower percentage of votes relative to its 1999 result. Gerrard was nevertheless returned without difficulty in River Heights, and former Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Kevin Lamoureux gave the party a second seat by retaking his old division of Inkster.[47]


The Liberal Party's 2007 campaign was centred around five issues: health care waiting lists, threatened emergency room closures in Winnipeg, university funding, urban sprawl, and the environmental state of Lake Winnipeg.[48] The Liberals also pledged to provide immediate funding for rapid-transit in Winnipeg,[49] phase out the provincial payroll tax while reducing property taxes by as much as 30%,[50] and introduce a new police unit to protect children from sexual exploitation.[51] The party also stressed an environmentally conscious image, purchasing carbon credits to run a carbon-neutral campaign.[52]

Gerrard and Lamoureux were again returned to the legislature, but no other Liberals were elected and the party's popular vote slipped again to just under 12.5%.


Health care

Gerrard has remained involved with health issues throughout his time in the legislature. In 2001, he protested the Doer government's decision to close an outpatient pharmacy at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre by bringing several families of child cancer patients to the legislature to confront the health minister.[53] He later called for changes to Manitoba's adult heart surgery program, after figures obtained through a freedom of information request showed an increasing number of fatalities.[54]

Gerrard wrote a Winnipeg Free Press column criticizing the Doer government for health-care delays in 2005,[55] and later argued that personal health information should be made more easily accessible to patients and their families.[56][57] He released a detailed document promoting change in Manitoba's health system in September 2007, highlighted by a call to make regional health authorities more accountable to citizens.[58]

Agriculture and environment

Shortly after the 1999 election, Gerrard took part in an all-party delegation to Ottawa to lobby the federal government for a cash bailout for struggling western farmers.[59]

In early 2004, Gerrard wrote a guest column in the Winnipeg Free Press calling on the federal government to test every beef and dairy cow over thirty months for Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). This recommendation was made during a significant decline in the Canadian cattle market, after the discovery of a BSE-infected cow in Alberta caused the United States to block all Canadian cattle.[60]

Also in 2004, Gerrard accused the Doer government of undermining its water-quality legislation by reducing funds for key programs.[61]

Social issues

Gerrard holds liberal views on social issues. He pressured the Doer government to legalize adoption rights for same-sex couples in 2001,[62] one year before a comprehensive bill including adoption rights was passed by the legislature.[63]

Gerrard took part in the Winnipeg Harvest Poverty Challenge in late 2002, and attempted to live for a full week on only $20. The challenge was meant to draw attention to the difficulties faced by Manitoba's lowest-income residents, living on social assistance.[64]

In 2003, Gerrard supported calls for a provincial smoking ban in workplaces and enclosed public spaces.[65]

Other issues

In early 2005, Gerrard wrote that the Doer government had not taken proper steps to regulate the province's burgeoning internet pharmaceutical industry. This industry was popular with American customers, and Gerrard's column was written at a time when the federal government was seeking to impose greater control over the sector.[66]

In April 2007, Gerrard introduced a private member's bill entitled the Apology Act, to make apologies inadmissible in court as proof of liability or guilt. The bill was modeled after similar legislation in British Columbia, and was intended to allow medical professionals to apologize to patients without risking legal charges.[67] It was passed into law with government support in November 2007, and formally took effect in February 2008.[68]

Gerrard has also called for a public inquiry into the New Democratic Party government's alleged role in failing to prevent the financial collapse of the Crocus Investment Fund.[69] Following the 2007 election, he took part in an all-party delegation to Ottawa to argue for increased penalties against gang-related criminals and young car thieves.[70] He has also called for a public review of appointees to the Manitoba Hydro Board, and has requested a plebiscite on the location of a power line from northern to southern Manitoba.[71]

In October 2007, he introduced a bill to ban retailers from using plastic bags by 2009.[72] He also criticized the Doer government's decision to build a Manitoba Hydro Power line on the west side of Lake Winnipeg, and called for the public to be directly consulted on the issue through non-binding referenda.[73]

He called for a provincial moratorium on taser use in 2007, following increased concerns about its safety.[74]


Despite his background as a Chrétien supporter, Gerrard was reported to have endorsed Paul Martin's bid for the federal Liberal Party leadership in 2003.[75] He supported Gerard Kennedy's bid in 2006.[76]

Gerrard released a history of the Manitoba Liberal Party in 2006, entitled Battling for a Better Manitoba.[77] A Winnipeg Free Press reviewer described the book as "a generally readable—though sloppy—account of one of the three provincial parties", adding that the book "perhaps should not have been published in its current state".[78]

Electoral record

2016 Manitoba general election: River Heights
Party Candidate Votes%±%
LiberalJon Gerrard5,23051.90+5.99
Progressive ConservativeTracey Maconachie3,48534.58+1.82
GreenMichael Cardillo7717.65+4.08
New DemocraticShafagh Daneshfar5915.86-11.90
Total valid votes 10,077100.0  
Eligible voters
Source: Elections Manitoba[79][80]
2011 Manitoba general election: River Heights
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
LiberalJon Gerrard4,74245.91−5.15$35,683.03
     Progressive Conservative Marty Morantz 3,384 32.76 +7.65 $37,469.17
New DemocraticDan Manning1,83517.76−2.01$10,119.45
GreenElizabeth May Cameron3703.57−0.48$498.55
Total valid votes 10,358
Rejected and declined votes 29
Turnout 10,387 72.51 +3.17
Electors on the lists 14,325
Source: Elections Manitoba[81]
2007 Manitoba general election: River Heights
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
LiberalJon Gerrard4,76051.06+2.36$24,934.03
     Progressive Conservative Ashley Burner 2,341 25.11 −3.84 $30,166.89
New DemocraticFiona Shiells1,84319.77+0.03$3,859.68
GreenChristine Bennet-Clark3784.05+1.79$861.98
Total valid votes 9,322 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 22
Turnout 9,344 69.34 +1.91
Electors on the lists 13,475
Source: Elections Manitoba[82]
2003 Manitoba general election: River Heights
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
LiberalJon Gerrard4,50048.70+3.70$29,690.35
     Progressive Conservative Mike Radcliffe 2,675 28.95 −12.00 $24,419.68
New DemocraticKristin Bingeman1,82419.74+6.76$4,053.34
GreenLinda Goossen2092.26+1.46$49.68
LibertarianClancy Smith320.35+0.08$0.00
Total valid votes 9,240 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 31
Turnout 9,271 67.43 −6.24
Electors on the lists 13,749
1999 Manitoba general election: River Heights
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
LiberalJon Gerrard5,17345.00+5.80$30,877.93
     Progressive Conservative Mike Radcliffe 4,708 40.95 -7.03 $28,010.25
New DemocraticPeter Reimer1,49212.98+1.03$3,101.00
GreenChris Billows920.80n/a$55.40
LibertarianClancy Smith310.27-0.59$443.82
Total valid votes 11,496 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 41
Turnout 11,537 83.67
Electors on the lists 13,788
1997 Canadian federal election: Selkirk—Interlake
Party Candidate Votes%Expenditures
ReformHoward Hilstrom10,93728.30$23,194
LiberalJon Gerrard10,87128.13$59,732
New DemocraticKathleen McCallum10,74927.81$46,587
     Progressive Conservative Reid Kelner 5,730 14.83 $32,267
Christian HeritagePaul Kalyniuk3630.94$1,578
Total valid votes 38,650 100.00
Total rejected ballots 258
Turnout 38,908 65.48
Electors on the lists 59,422
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
1993 Canadian federal election: Portage—Interlake
Party Candidate Votes%Expenditures
LiberalJon Gerrard14,50640.68$48,438
ReformDon Sawatsky9,80127.48$40,040
     Progressive Conservative Felix Holtmann 7,036 19.73 $67,866
New DemocraticConnie Gretsinger3,0298.49$6,976
NationalMel Christian9352.62$2,756
Natural LawGary Schwartz1790.50$0
LibertarianDennis Rice920.26$275
Canada PartyHans C. Kjear830.23$0
Total valid votes 35,661 100.00
Total rejected ballots 119
Turnout 35,780 69.10
Electors on the lists 51,779
Source: Thirty-fifth General Election, 1993: Official Voting Results, Published by the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. Financial figures taken from official contributions and expenses provided by Elections Canada.

All electoral information is taken from Elections Canada and Elections Manitoba. Provincial expenditures refer to candidate expenses.


  1. David Kuxhaus, "Grits pick Gerrard as their saviour", Winnipeg Free Press, 18 October 1998, A1.
  2. Girard, p. 169.
  3. William Neville, "A voice in the Grit wilderness", Winnipeg Free Press, 7 August 1998, A10.
  4. Joan Bryden, "Chrétien revives politics of joy", Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 24 July 1993, A9.
  5. "About Jon Gerrard" Archived 2007-07-30 at the Wayback Machine, Manitoba Liberal Party online document, accessed 25 July 2007.
  6. "Researcher works to secure future of Canada's bald eagles", Toronto Star, 20 November 1988, C11.
  7. Walker, Nick. "The Bald Eagles of Besnard Lake". Canadian Geographic (September/October 2017). pp. 63–71.
  8. Gary Girard, "Jon Gerrard: The Building Continues", in Jon Gerrard, Battling For A Better Manitoba, (Winnipeg: Heartland Associates, Inc.), 2006, p. 147. See also Alison Mayes, "Bringing the brain to bear", Winnipeg Free Press, 20 May 2007, B4.
  9. Girard, p. 168. Gerrard believed that Turner best understand the concerns of Western Canada.
  10. "Agriculture a priority", Winnipeg Free Press, 5 November 1993; Daniel Lett, "Plenty of plums at Grit picnic", Winnipeg Free Press, 4 September 2002, A12; Girard, p. 171.
  11. The Liberal Party's nomination contest was closely contested among Gerrard and two other candidates. He was selected on the third ballot. See Girard, p. 175.
  12. Alan Toulin, "Cabinet likely to impress business", Financial Post, 5 November 1993, 9.
  13. Girard, p. 177.
  14. Jonathan Chevreau, "Ottawa to push 'open' highway", Financial Post, 3 February 1994, p. 3.
  15. Carlton Student, "$80 million paves highway to future", Winnipeg Free Press, 24 January 1995; "CANARIE launches new technology and applications development program" [press release], Canada NewsWire, 30 January 1995, 17:00. Previously, in August 1994, Gerrard had indicated an interest in developing a national system of electronic libraries. See Jim Bronskill, "Council ponders electronic libraries", Hamilton Spectator, 20 August 1994, B7. In 1997, he indicated that his government was working to make the internet available for all Canadians. See Grant Buckler, "Internet Access A Canadian Concern", Newsbytes News Network, 8 January 1997.
  16. Lynne Stefanchuk, "Ottawa takes ride on superhighway", Winnipeg Free Press, 29 March 1994.
  17. Alison Mayes, "Bringing the brain to bear", Winnipeg Free Press, 20 May 2007, B4.
  18. Jonathan Chevreau, "Ottawa to push 'open' highway", Financial Post, 3 February 1994, p. 3; Monta Kerr, "Delegates call for joint effort in development of 'highway.'", Computing Canada, 16 February 1994, Vol. 20 No. 4, p. 1.
  19. Geoffrey Rowan, "Rogers in a high-tech chess game", The Globe and Mail, 4 February 1994, B20.
  20. Alan Toulin, "Liberals reinventing science and technology policy", Financial Post, 12 July 1994, p. 9.
  21. Agnes Bongers, "Industry, research must work together, Ottawa told", Hamilton Spectator, 10 August 1994, D6; Neville Nankivell, "Inventing a new science policy", Financial Post, 3 August 1995, 9.
  22. Neville Nankivell, "National strategy sees potential for job growth", Financial Post, 12 March 1996, 15; David Crane, "At last a plan for tech spending", Toronto Star, 12 March 1996, D2.
  23. Paul Gessell, "Ottawa 'tragically short-sighted' in science cuts", Hamilton Spectator, 8 June 1995, A13.
  24. Gerrard indicated that the government wanted to have "the best tax regime in the world for science and technology". See Andy Shaw, "High-technology industry escapes federal budget axe", Computing Canada, 15 March 1995, p. 5.
  25. Dennis Bueckert, "Ottawa plans fund to aid high-tech firms", Winnipeg Free Press, 14 January 1996, B7. See also John Douglas Kevin Rollason, "City poised to cash in on fund", Winnipeg Free Press, 16 January 1996, B4. He also played a role in preserving the federal government's funding for the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, during a period of cutbacks to Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. See "Neutrino project ducks federal axe", Globe and Mail, 26 March 1996, A4.
  26. Girard, p. 179.
  27. There were a number of recounts before the result was finalized. See Carlton Student, "Gerrard appeals ruling during judicial recount", Winnipeg Free Press, 22 June 1997, A4; "Gerrard bows to Reform win", Winnipeg Free Press, 29 June 1997, A7.
  28. Bud Robertson, "Gerrard considers return to politics", Winnipeg Free Press, 15 June 1998, A8.
  29. In late 1997, he argued there was evidence northern bald eagles have the ability to produce more female offspring in food-rich regions, and more male offspring in areas where food is scarce. See Manfred Jager, "Ex-MP finds eagles' gender based on food", Winnipeg Free Press, 1 November 1997, A6.
  30. Some party members spoke of Gerrard as a possible successor to Hasselfield as early as December 1997. See Melanie Verhaege, "Does anyone want Liberals' top job?", Winnipeg Free Press, 8 December 1997, A6.
  31. "Gerrard's leadership bid backed by Carstairs", Winnipeg Free Press, 16 September 1998, A4.
  32. Kim Guttormson, "Low-key Liberal leader sets sights on 10-15 seats", Winnipeg Free Press, 17 August 1999, A6.
  33. David Roberts, "Manitoba Grits plan return from wilderness", Winnipeg Free Press, 15 March 1999, A4. He argued that the New Democratic Party's plan for health care would "throw money" at the provincial health system without a comprehensive plan for improvement. See David Kuxhaus, "Doer touts $15-M plan to repair health care", Winnipeg Free Press, 20 August 1999, A1.
  34. Kim Guttormson, "Liberal leader recycles '95 pledge on health care", Winnipeg Free Press, 24 August 1999, A5 [ombudsman]; "Ruling Tories promise new grads a 25 per cent tax cut in Manitoba", Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 25 August 1999, A5 [information]; Scott Edmonds, "Liberal candidate pledges to rebuild crumbling highways, sewerage"; Linda Rosborough, "Grits pledge $20M for learning", Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1999, A8 [education]; "Manitoba Grits run on antipoverty platform", Globe and Mail, 1 September 1999, A5 [clawbacks]; Kim Guttormson, "Gerrard reveals high-tech strategy", Winnipeg Free Press, 15 December 1999, A9.
  35. Duncan Morrison, "198 candidates in race as nominations close", Winnipeg Free Press, 1 September 1999, A9.
  36. Kim Guttormson, "Liberals fail to field full slate of hopefuls", Winnipeg Free Press, 2 September 1999, A8; David Kuxhaus, "Gerrard asks Manitoba Grits", Winnipeg Free Press, 12 March 2000, A3.
  37. Douglas Nairne, "It's Premier Doer! Collapse of Liberal vote swings province to NDP", Winnipeg Free Press, 22 September 1999, A1. See also Kim Guttormson, "Gerrard the last Liberal standing", Winnipeg Free Press, 22 September 1999, A1; Kim Guttormson, "Lonely Grit: Gerrard says party is not dead", Winnipeg Free Press, 23 September 1999, B7. As his party did not regain official party status in the legislature, Gerrard did not receive funding to hire researchers. See David Kuxhaus, "Life at legislature no party as Gerrard faces 'challenge'", Winnipeg Free Press, 12 October 1999, A11.
  38. David Kuxhaus, "Grits back Gerrard, reject leadership race", Winnipeg Free Press, 13 March 2000, A3. Gerrard won 74% support from party delegates.
  39. Aldo Santin, "Growing Liberal support hits 24%", Winnipeg Free Press, 17 July 2001, A4; Helen Fallding, "Doer? I don't even know her!", Winnipeg Free Press, 14 March 2002, A1 [note: actual article title]; Mia Rabson, "Election fever Raging at Legislature", Winnipeg Free Press, 26 March 2003, A9. Gerrard voted for the Doer government's budget shortly before the 2003 election was called, citing a significant expansion in health-care revenues from the federal government. See "Gerrard backs budget despite concerns", Winnipeg Free Press, 2 May 2003, A4.
  40. Mia Rabson, "Enthusiastic Liberals set vote sights high", Winnipeg Free Press, 10 April 2003, B3.
  41. Mia Rabson, "Gerrard would slash taxes for Manitobans under 30", Winnipeg Free Press, 17 April 2003, A6; Mia Rabson, "Tories, Liberals spell out tax cuts", Winnipeg Free Press, 9 May 2003, A1.
  42. Scott Edmonds, "Manitoba New Democrats seek new mandate, call election for June 3", Canadian Press, 2 May 2003, 15:54.
  43. Daniel Lett, "Doer touts 5-point plan", Winnipeg Free Press, 6 May 2003, A1.
  44. Leah Janzen, "Liberals offer seniors community health centres", Winnipeg Free Press, 7 May 2003, A4.
  45. Gerrard also promised to increase the province's share of public education funding from 57.5% to 80% over a period of five years, with a $222 million cash infusion. See Nick Martin, "Liberal policies best of bad lot: trustees", Winnipeg Free Press, 30 May 2003, A5. On infrastructure, he promised that over $200 million of Manitoba's fuel tax revenues would be put directly into building and improving the province's roads and highways system. See Leah Janzen, "Gerrard wants fuel taxes spent on roads, highways", Winnipeg Free Press, 17 May 2003, A8.
  46. Leah Janzen, "Gerrard changes tack in last days", Winnipeg Free Press, 31 May 2003, A12. Shortly before the election, Liberal support had fallen to 13%.
  47. Support for the Liberal Party returned to 21% by the end of the year, fell to 14% in March 2006, and rose again to 18% in October of the same year. See "Nearly half of electorate backs Doer government", Winnipeg Free Press, 30 December 2003, A7; Mia Rabson, "Tories strong again: poll", Winnipeg Free Press, 18 March 2006, A5; Mia Rabson, "Manitoba NDP, Tories in dead heat for voters", Winnipeg Free Press, 3 October 2006, A1.
  48. Joe Paraskevas, "'Underdog' Liberals have ideas, high hopes", Winnipeg Free Press, 21 April 2007, A1; Joe Paraskevas, "Gerrard sets sights on saving Lake Winnipeg", Winnipeg Free Press, 23 April 2007, A3; Joe Paraskevas, "Liberals promise wait-free visits to family doctors", Winnipeg Free Press, 26 April 2007, A4; Mia Rabson, "Mental health services 'failing' Gerrard says system needs an overhaul", Winnipeg Free Press, 14 May 2007, A4.
  49. Mary Agnes Welch, "Gerrard favours rapid transit", Winnipeg Free Press, 3 April 2007, web extra.
  50. Joe Paraskevas, "Liberals pledge to wipe out payroll tax, boost research", Winnipeg Free Press, 24 April 2007, A7; Joe Paraskevas, "Gerrard promises 80/20 ratio for education funding", Winnipeg Free Press, 25 April 2007, A4; Joe Paraskevas, "Liberals envision bone care network", Winnipeg Free Press, 1 May 2007, A6.
  51. Joe Paraskevas, "Liberals want special police unit for kids", Winnipeg Free Press, 2 May 2007, A5.
  52. Mia Rabson, "Gerrard to go green with carbon-neutral campaign", Winnipeg Free Press, 24 March 2007, B7.
  53. Mia Rabson, "It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... Everywhere Man", Winnipeg Free Press, 1 May 2002, A12.
  54. Mia Rabson, "Heart surgery mortality rate raises concern", Winnipeg Free Press, 16 July 2002, A3; "Manitoba Liberal leader says something must be done to stop cardiac deaths", Canadian Press, 15 July 2002, 20:18. In April 2004, Gerrard published a favourable review of Michael Rachlis's "Prescription for Excellence", a book on reforming Canada's health care system. See Jon Gerrard, "A new prescription for health care", Winnipeg Free Press, 4 April 2004, B9.
  55. "Manitoba must provide timely access to health care", Winnipeg Free Press, 11 July 2005, A11.
  56. Leah Janzen, "Speed access to info on patients: Gerrard", Winnipeg Free Press, 28 February 2006, A5.
  57. Gerrard has also argued that the Minister of Health should report on the performance of individual surgeons. See Mia Rabson, "Gerrard calls for cardiac report cards", Winnipeg Free Press, 11 December 2001, A4.
  58. "Liberal's dose" [editorial], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 September 2007, A10.
  59. David Kuxhaus, "Prairie politicians band together to plead farmers' case", Winnipeg Free Press, 21 October 1999, A3.
  60. "A BSE-Free Guarantee Contingency plan needed for beef industry", Winnipeg Free Press, 4 March 2004, A9.
  61. "Budget cut may affect water quality: Gerrard", Winnipeg Free Press, 24 April 2004, A5.
  62. Mia Rabson, "PCs back gay adoption?", Winnipeg Free Press, 19 June 2001, A3.
  63. Mia Rabson, "Tories flip-flop, vote against adoption rights for gay couples", Winnipeg Free Press, 2 August 2002, A2.
  64. Lindor Reynolds, "Trying to eat on $20 a week", Winnipeg Free Press, 25 November 2002, A1; Rob Knodel, "Harvest hosts a real survivor challenge", Winnipeg Free Press, 4 December 2002, 1.
  65. Mia Rabson, "Manitoba to butt out", Winnipeg Free Press, 7 November 2003, A1.
  66. Jon Gerrard, "Laws needed for delivery of distance health care", Winnipeg Free Press, 17 January 2005, A11.
  67. Mary Agnes Welch, "Saying sorry to be made less costly?", Winnipeg Free Press, 12 April 2007, A7.
  68. Mia Rabson, [untitled article], Canadian Press, 8 November 2007, 22:13; Bruce Owen, "Say sorry without fear of legal action", Winnipeg Free Press, 7 February 2008, A6.
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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Felix Holtmann
Member of Parliament for Portage—Interlake
Electoral district abolished
Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
Preceded by
Mike Radcliffe
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
for River Heights

26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien
Government Posts (2)
Predecessor Title Successor
position created in 1996 Secretary of State (Western Economic Diversification)
Ron Duhamel
position created in 1993 Secretary of State (Science, Research and Development)
Ron Duhamel
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ginny Hasselfield
Neil Gaudry (acting)
Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party
Succeeded by
Rana Bokhari
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