|Jewish candidates defeated in Manitoba|
WINNIPEG- All three Jewish candidates running in last week's provincial election in Manitoba were defeated, but for Lawrie Cherniack, the battle is not yet over.
more than a thousand votes behind the second place Conservative candidate and 5,000 shy of the incumbent NDP MLA.
"The results were disappointing," said Lazar who has been a member of the Winnipeg Jewish Community Council since 1989, "but percentage-wise my results were in line with the Liberal vote province wide. My staff and volunteers worked hard and we learned a lot. My strong feeling is that the people wanted to get rid of the Conservatives and felt that the best way to do it was to vote NDP."
Zimberg was the Liberals' sacrificial lamb in Tuxedo, the riding held by outgoing Manitoba Premier Gary Filmon. Like Lazar, Zimberg, the former longtime executive director of the Manitoba Association of Urban Municipalities, finished a distant third.
The collapse of the Liberals led to the election of the New Democratic Party, led by Gary Doer, bringing to an end the 11-year administration of Gary Filmon. The final count was 31 seats for the NDP, 25 for the Conservatives and one for the Liberals (Liberal leader Dr. Jon Gerrard in the heavily Jewish River Heights riding).
Filmon was a good friend to the Jewish community throughout his tenure. He grew up in the largely Jewish North End. His father spoke Yiddish and an aunt married a Jewish man and converted to Judaism.
During his time in office, he supported the construction of a Holocaust Memorial on the Legislature grounds, and his government was a major contributor toward construction of the Asper Jewish Community Campus.
He and his wife, Janice, were instrumental in initiating the flow of Argentine Jewish families to Winnipeg in the last couple of years. In recognition of his friendship, both B'nai Brith and the JNF have honored Gary Filmon.
In conceding defeat and announcing his resignation as party leader on election night, Filmon went out as the class act he has always been.