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Andrew Micklefield, incumbent Member of the Legislative Assembly for Rossmere, is running for re-election as a Progressive Conservative candidate on Sept. 10.
"I really enjoy connecting people to services and programs that help, that maybe they didn’t know about," Micklefield, 41, told The Herald. "That really is the bread and butter of MLA work, and probably the most rewarding. I hope to continue doing that."
Micklefield, who immigrated to Canada from England at the age of 11, and his wife Ruth celebrated their 20th anniversary just last month. Both are longtime residents of northeast Winnipeg; Ruth a River East Collegiate alumna, while Micklefield graduated from Transcona Collegiate Institute. The couple have three children, age 11, 13, and 15.
"I’d like to see our area continue to improve," Micklefield said, adding there are a number of projects in the area that he is proud of.
"I’m happy to see a new gymnasium at Miles Macdonell, that serves Rossmere residents well," Micklefield, a former principal at The King’s School, said. "I’m happy to see the roof fixed in Springfield Heights School, that’s long overdue, and I’m happy to see new businesses opening, stripmalls renovated, and newcomer friends buying homes in the area."
Micklefield also said he is proud of the direction that the Pallister government has taken on health care.
"I’m encouraged to see our health care wait times begin to point in the right direction," he said. "The reforms centering around Concordia Hospital have generated a lot of interest, but the 24/7 urgent care has been well received."
First elected to represent Rossmere in 2016, Micklefield served as legislative assistant to the health minister and as government house leader. He said he is particularly proud of work he did improving wait times for personal care homes in Winnipeg.
"Winnipeg’s wait times have dropped significantly," he said.
He added that reducing the PST to seven per cent as promised in the last provincial election was another point of pride.
"I think people appreciate that our government has done what we said we’d do, in trying to bring tax relief to people," he said.
If re-elected, Micklefield said he would continue to advocate for the people of Rossmere.
"The Legislature is full of surprises," he said. "If I’m re-elected, I can certainly pledge to work hard for people. That’s what I’ve been doing, and that’s what I want to keep doing. I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting back to work."
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Sheldon Birnie is the reporter/photographer for The Herald. The author of Missing Like Teeth: An Oral History of Winnipeg Underground Rock (1990-2001), his writing has appeared in journals and online platforms across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. A husband and father of two young children, Sheldon enjoys playing guitar and rec hockey when he can find the time. Email him at email@example.com Call him at 204-697-7112