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Blocks from where a man was shot dead in the street a day earlier, candidates from across Manitoba's political spectrum laid out their platforms to beat back crime for North End voters Monday evening.
About 50 people attended the North End Votes! provincial candidates forum for Point Douglas at the Indian and Métis Friendship Centre on Robinson Avenue Monday night.
They listened quietly. And closely.
One young couple with a toddler in a stroller said they came because they're scared of soaring crime rates.
"There was a murder this weekend and we're thinking of moving away, getting out of the city," said Tim Flett. "I don't want to raise my daughter in this," he said.
Sixteen-month-old Amberlee, her wide, round face fixed on her parents, sat quietly through the first full hour, hardly fussing.
The forum drew three Point Douglas candidates in the Oct. 4 vote: Liberal Mary Lou Bourgeois; physician Teresa Pun from the Greens and the NDP's Kevin Chief.
Tyrone Krawetz, running for the Conservatives in Logan and Cheryl Ann Carr for the Communists in Minto, rounded out the slate.
The 50 or so people listened as each candidate outlined their party's platform and kept listening as candidates fielded scripted questions intended to flesh out their profiles, before they got to ask their own.
"There are a lot of issues going on in Point Douglas and I want to hear what they have to say," Flett said, gesturing to the stage.
His partner, Erica Richard, pointed out that one candidates' choice of words to "erase" racism suggested a measure of political naiveté.
"I was going to ask how are you going to fight racism? How do you change a person's mind, how do you change the way they were brought up?" the young mother said. "You can't erase racism," she said. "It's always there," but you find ways around it.
The questions asked for specifics on how the parties would clean up crime. Others asked how politicians would help diabetics. One wanted to know if the politicians, with the exception of Kevin Chief who everyone seemed to recognize, lived in the North End.