05/10/2012 01:20 EDT | Updated 07/10/2012 05:12 EDT

Manitoba Liberals to discuss leadership, possible merger with Greens

WINNIPEG - Manitoba's battered Liberal Party will try to map out its future at its annual meeting this weekend, including a possible merger with the Green Party.

The Liberals are expected to select the fall of 2013 as the date to elect a new leader to replace Jon Gerrard, who announced his intention to resign after last fall's election.

The election saw the party reduced to just one legislature seat — Gerrard's — and prompted Gerrard and some other Liberals to talk about a possible merger with the seatless Green Party.

But earlier this year, Liberal directors quashed the idea of a merger and suspended two board members who had revealed internal discussions about the idea.

A resolution to be debated this weekend calls for the Liberals and Greens to work co-operatively on some topics.

The resolution also calls for a plebiscite on the merger idea, because it has not been put to grassroots members so far.