Poliquin looking to turn Saint Boniface-Saint Vital green
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Laurent Poliquin is the Green Party of Canada’s candidate for Saint Boniface–Saint Vital in the Sept. 20 federal election.
The longtime Norwood Flats resident, who is a married father of three, works as a math and French-language teacher at Centre scolaire Léo-Rémillard and Université de Saint-Boniface. He holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba.
Poliquin told The Lance recently he wants to hold the current Liberal government more accountable on different issues, notably environmental issues and climate change, and to be an advocate for social, cultural and educational justice for everyone.
Poliquin said he can empathize with many Winnipeggers’ experiences during the pandemic. He opened a family daycare at the end of 2016, which he had to close in 2020 at the start of the pandemic.
“I’m well aware of the issues surrounding daycare, and the lack of it, and I can relate those people who are going through these difficult times,” Poliquin said, noting he’s currently looking for daycare for his youngest child.
In terms of other issues, Poliquin cited affordable housing, the need for mental health supports for individuals at this unprecedented time, and job security and training for different sections of the population, including seniors’ home workers and new Canadians: “The Green Party is supporting a guaranteed livable income.”
“I want to represent the people of Saint Boniface–Saint Vital. I have friends, for example, that come from Africa that have had difficulties here with school and getting a job in their field of study. As a teacher, I also know about the importance of exposing children to healthy food options,” Poliquin said.
Regarding the dramatic state of the environment and climate change, Poliquin reiterated the message that time is running out.
“Technically, our time is up. Are we able to save what remains? I believe we’re the only party capable of saving the planet. I don’t want to have to say to my children and grandchildren that I did nothing,” he said.
“We need to make some serious, difficult decisions and we need to be courageous, as not everyone is going to be happy, but we need to go down a different path. I also believe it’s important to promote local food, and no pesticides. As well, the party is in favour of free university education.”
On the subject of education, the academic has published more than 60 essays, articles and poems that have been translated and published in nearly 10 countries. A recipient of several awards, Poliquin has contributed to various journals and has given several lectures in Canada and abroad, and his body of work of consists of around 20 books.
His community involvement and engagement has also included a stint as president of the Fédération des parents du Manitoba, and he sat on the boards of the Commission nationale des parents francophones in Ottawa, and the Association des auteur·e·s du Manitoba français.
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