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Elizabeth Shearer is petitioning voters in Winnipeg South Centre to support a transition to a sustainable green economy.
Shearer is running for Member of Parliament with the federal New Democratic Party in the riding.
"I’m seeing that the Liberal and Conservative parties are making life a lot easier for the richest people and corporations, and I see there’s a huge opportunity for the NDP to be in power here in Canada, and be on the side of people," Shearer said.
The 29-year-old lifelong River Heights resident currently works full-time as the Manitoba organizer for the Canadian Federation of Students and serves co-chair of cycling advocacy organization Bike Winnipeg, where she’s sat on the board since 2016.
She also volunteers with other community organizations focused on sustainable practices and is completing her master’s of business administration with a focus on community economic development through Cape Breton University.
"I’m running in the community that I live and grew up in so that people, and especially young people, know that they have a progressive candidate in their election and know that they can make a difference," Shearer said.
"More and more young people need to rise to a new challenge which is to get involved," she added.
Shearer said she’s been a supporter of the federal NDP for some time but this is the first time her name will appear on a ballot for public office.
"I’m really proud to be running alongside the NDP because I know it’s a party that I’ve seen to understand that our future depends on transitioning to a green economy that’s both sustainable and rooted in social justice," she said. "I know that environmental issues and climate change need to be championed in Ottawa. I see it as the only party that has a bold vision to combat climate change, while consulting with Indigenous people and creating green new jobs."
In a riding that has exclusively been held by either the Conservatives or Liberals since its creation, Shearer said voters should know there are other choices available.
"I know that we can work towards a low-carbon future that works better for everyone and we don’t have to compromise that on any level," she said.
Jobs and affordability are two concerns Shearer said voters in Winnipeg South Centre have and young people and families feel like they can’t get ahead, and that the NDP are proposing "tangible changes" to help everyday people.
Shearer said criticisms of how the NDP will pay for its platform is something she hears and said the NDP’s goals are attainable through policy change.
"One of those policies is to introduce a one per cent wealth tax on those with a net worth of over $20 million," Shearer said.
"I think it’s really interesting for people to think about where we still have tax loopholes and tax havens and Canadians are losing billions of dollars a year to those types of things and we need a government to represent the people’s interests."
The federal election is Oct. 21.
Other candidates in Winnipeg South Centre include Jim Carr (Liberal), Joyce Bateman (Conservative), 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.