Now that the April 19 provincial election has come and gone and the dust has settled, I feel very humbled and honoured by the voters of Concordia who have displayed their confidence in me by once again sending me as their elected MLA to represent their interests in the Manitoba legislature.
I thank you all for this remarkable privilege.
The election was hard fought by all candidates and I am pleased that people responded well to our positive message at the doorstep. I personally knocked on almost every door in Concordia and spoke to hundreds of constituents. Many had ideas and experiences they were willing to share with me, in particular improvements to our health care system.
I spoke to one woman who was very anxious about her upcoming knee surgery. Although she had complete confidence in the doctors at the Hip and Knee Institute, she already had mobility issues and knew that the rehabilitation process would be particularly long and intense. I was excited to tell her about the new Health and Fitness Centre at Concordia, which will be a convenient and accessible space for her to recover from surgery. As one of the key players in obtaining provincial funding for the centre, I look forward partnering with stakeholders and seeing the project through to completion.
A young mother expressed her frustration with the wait times in our local hospital’s emergency rooms. She was so appreciative of our proposal to build QuickCare Clinics in both Transcona and East Kildonan that would provide relief to emergency rooms across the province and at Concordia Hospital itself.
Folks in Concordia definitely see a need to offer alternate health options for our community, including accessibility to doctors as well as rehabilitation and prevention services. I am confident that as we move forward I can continue to bring attention to these needs here in our community.
As I transition now to my new role in Opposition in the legislature, I look forward to continuing to represent your interests over the next four years. I am excited to hold the new government to account and to look for new ways to improve health in our community and beyond.
If you have any advice or concerns please contact me at my Concordia Constituency Office located at unit 106 -1111 Munroe Ave., or phone me at 204-654-1857. You can email me at Matt.Wiebe@YourManitoba.ca