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Nello Altomare, a former teacher and school administrator, is the provincial New Democratic Party candidate for Transcona.
"The number one job of the MLA is to be a voice for their constituents, to be a voice for Transcona, and I would take that very seriously," Altomare said. "We need a local voice who knows what’s going on here."
The son of Italian immigrants, Altomare grew up in Transcona, attending Transcona Collegiate Institute before pursuing bachelors degrees in education and arts from the University of Winnipeg. Later, the did post-graduate studies at the University of Manitoba.
After working in the Transcona-Springfield and River East Transcona School Divisions for over 32 years, Altomare said he chose to run for office because of a commitment to education.
"I’m passionate about education," the 55-year-old father of two said. "I don’t want to see cuts continue. Right now, our society and world are changing, but the one thing most Canadians have in common is a public school experience. It needs to be fully funded."
While Altomare conceded that the reopening of the Concordia Hospital ER is chief among his concerns, he also spoke strongly about investing in education.
"We need to invest in our kids, because they are the ones who are going to become taxpaying, contributing members of society," he said. "The best, most effective way to do that is early, when you’re transitioning into school. Things like KinderLinks, things like making sure kids are fed and have proper nutrition as (they) enter school, and have that continue as they go through school. Those things are really important."
Altomare also highlighted what he perceives as a lack of acute care beds for seniors in Transcona.
"We’re the least serviced area in the city, for people who are getting older and need to transition to a personal care home," he said. "The expansion of the Park Manor Personal Care home was cancelled by this government. We need to reinstate that."
The new boundaries for Transcona extend to the southwest as far as Fermor Avenue at Lagimodière Boulevard, then follows Lag north to Dugald Road.
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