A byelection will be held July 17 in the provincial constituency of St. Boniface to fill the vacancy left by former Manitoba premier Greg Selinger's resignation earlier this year.
Premier Brian Pallister called the byelection Tuesday, ending months of speculation as to its timing.
The byelection presents an opportunity for the Liberals to achieve party status in the Manitoba legislature — four seats — and the extra funding and perks it brings.
Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont, who does not hold a seat, will represent his party in the contest.
Blandine Tona, a community activist, is trying to retain the constituency for the NDP; Mamadou Ka, who sought the seat for the Progressive Conservatives in the 2016, will represent the Tories once again; Françoise Therrien Vrignon will be the Green party candidate.