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Linda Marynuk has put her name on the ballot in Winnipeg South Centre as a candidate for the Christian Heritage Party.
Marynuk, 61, is a full-time assessment facilitator with the Manitoba First Nations School System, which provides education programs to First Nations students in nursery to Grade 12 across the province.
The River Heights local said she believes in establishing truth with biblical principles and that desire prompted her to run for Member of Parliament with the CHP.
"I am a Christian and I think we need righteous leadership in government," Marynuk said. "I’m putting myself out there. I’m a very private person and I’m really putting myself out there and it’s not to influence anything or anyone for that matter.
"I’ve always been discouraged by a lot of the things that have happened, and I just realized, well if I’m not the voice, who is going to be the voice for people who need it the most."
Marynuk said she was first introduced to the CHP last February.
"I never knew there was a party like that, that wanted to represent the values and biblical principles that I was raised to believe in," she said, adding she identifies as evangelical and runs a ministry called Uniting Women of All Nations.
The Christian Heritage Party is a minority federal party founded in 1987 and led by Rod Taylor. Its 2019 platform calls for the defunding of the CBC, repealing same-sex marriage legislation, replacing the Indian Act, re-establishing cannabis as a controlled substance, defunding abortion services and repealing assisted death legislation.
"I do support their biblical principles, because for me I believe that we should protect the innocent life from conception to natural death," Marynuk said.
On the topic of same-sex marriage, she believes the legal definition of marriage should be one man and one woman.
"Saying that doesn’t mean I dislike these people. I have family members who are gay and lesbian and I love them just as much as I do other family members," she said.
The former teacher and member of Little Saskatchewan First Nation has not decided yet whether she aligns with the CHP on climate change. The party’s platform states "CO2 as the cause of climate change is an unproven theory."
In Winnipeg South Centre, Marynuk said there are a number of issues affecting the community including suicide and drug and opioid crises.
However, her priority would be to begin discussions on replacing the Indian Act.
"It has to be consensus from the First Nations people, from the grassroots level, and with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, the Assembly of First Nations. These are the people that we need to consult with before we can do any of that," she said.
The federal election is Oct. 21.
Other candidates in Winnipeg South Centre include Elizabeth Shearer (NDP), Joyce Bateman (Conservative), Jane MacDiarmid (PPC), James Beddome (Green), and Jim Carr (Liberal). 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.