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(l-r): Jim Carr, Marty Morantz, Leah Gazan

By BERNIE BELLAN
This story was originally going to be about the news that two Manitobans elected in the Monday, October 21 federal election – Jim Carr and Marty Morantz, are Jewish, while a third winner, Leah Gazan, had a Jewish father.
But then the news about Jim Carr’s being diagnosed with multiple Myeloma one day after the federal election hit like a ton of bricks.

 

 

 

 


Re-elected as the Member for Winnipeg South Centre, Carr, 68, defeated his nearest rival, Joyce Bateman, of the Conservative Party, who had held the seat prior to the 2015 election, when she herself was defeated by Carr.
Lawyer Marty Morantz won in the riding of Charleswood-St. James - Assiniboia - Headingley, defeating Liberal incumbent Doug Eyolfson. Previously, Morantz, 57, had served on Winnipeg City Council as Chair of the Finance Committee from 2014-2018.
Leah Gazan will be the new Member for Winnipeg Centre, having defeated Liberal incumbent Robert Falcon-Ouellette. Gazan, 47, describes herself as a Lakota-Chinese-Jewish woman, whose father, Albert, was a Dutch Holocaust survivor.
Gazan previously was an instructor at the University of Winnipeg and at Red River College. She was also president of the Social Planning Council.

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