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A familiar face on the campaign trail in Winnipeg South Centre is seeking a second chance in Ottawa.
Joyce Bateman is once again running for Member of Parliament with the Conservative Party of Canada. The 64-year-old from River Heights ("Exactly four years younger than Jim Carr," she said when asked her age) is hoping to reclaim her seat after losing to Carr in the 2015 federal election.
"One thing I learned in 2015 is that the sun comes up the next morning and there are many ways to make contributions to your community, not just through political office," Bateman said.
The chartered professional accountant and former school trustee was first elected to Parliament in 2011, knocking former Liberal MP Anita Neville out of the position with 722 more votes.
She served in the federal government of Stephen Harper and sat on the finance and public accounts committees, and successfully introduced a private member’s bill to improve the safety of at-grade rail crossings by providing authority to the minister to close unsafe crossings or stop railway operations for safety reasons.
"That’s one of my proudest achievements when I was a member of Parliament, because all of the Liberal, the Conservatives, the Greens, the NDP, even the Bloc Quebecois, supported my private member’s bill on rail safety and I learned very effectively how to work across the floor," Bateman said.
In 2015 however, voters, looking for something different, elected Liberal Jim Carr with 59.7 per cent of the vote — doubling Bateman’s 28.2 per cent.
"I’m a chartered accountant. I think the gentleman I’m running against is a professional politician. I’m probably not your best source on having analyzed this in and out," Bateman said when asked why voters moved away from the Conservatives.
"I hadn’t really thought about returning until last August when I went to the policy convention of the Conservative Party," she said.
"Together with constituents and all of my colleagues in all of the parties in the House of Commons, in the senate, we were able to make a better Canada," she said. "That is pretty intoxicating when you know you can be a part of something like that."
After leaving Parliament Hill, Bateman spent two years working with The Learning Partnership to run its Dragon’s Nest program, an entrepreneurial initiative for school-aged children in Manitoba.
Bateman isn’t short on words promoting the Conservative’s platform.
"When I knock on the doors, I hear about affordability and people are actually really feeling the pressure of all the increased taxes in their family budgets.
"We’ve got some solutions for those families," she said, referring to the party’s proposed universal income tax credit, children’s arts and sports credits, public transit tax credits, and non-taxable maternity benefits.
The federal election is Oct. 21.
Other candidates in Winnipeg South Centre include Elizabeth Shearer (NDP), Jim Carr (Liberal), Jane MacDiarmid (PPC), James Beddome (Green), and Linda Marynuk (CHP). The Green Party campaign did not respond to a request for interview by deadline.
Danielle Da Silva
Danielle Da Silva is a general assignment reporter.
Updated on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 10:49 AM CDT: Corrects affiliated party for Jim Carr in the last paragraph.
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