Waters running for NDP in Saint Boniface-Saint Vital


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Meghan Waters is the New Democratic Party of Canada’s candidate for Saint Boniface–Saint Vital in the Sept. 20 federal election.

The Old St. Vital resident, who was raised in Island Lakes, is a longtime community activist and volunteer, and NDP supporter. A French immersion junior high school teacher in Louis Riel School Division, Waters has also used her volunteering skills to help with successful election campaigns of political candidates at all three levels of government.

Waters, who is fluent in both English and French, describes herself as a proud Franco-Manitoban, feminist, urbanist, mother and wife. She’s married to Ryan, and they have two young children — Félix and Léon.  

Supplied photo Meghan Waters.

“From the perspective of being a woman, mother and teacher, I think it’s important to have people from different types of backgrounds representing their constituents in Ottawa,” Waters told The Lance recently.

She said she’s running to represent her community because she believes in social democracy, and thinks the NDP under leader Jagmeet Singh is “best positioned to lead Canada through its social and economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Science and climate change are two subjects close to Waters’ heart, and she’s a big advocate for cycling and active transportation, whenever possible, and parks, green spaces and naturalization. She’s also acutely aware of the challenges of finding affordable child care, which is an issue throughout the riding, she said.

Working with junior high school kids has been a rewarding experience for Waters, which she said has given her a unique insight into the hearts and minds of the future generation of Manitobans.

“At that age, they are brutally honest and completely true to their value system. They are passionate about social justice issues, such as the Justice 4 Black Lives Winnipeg movement, and climate change. A classroom is really like a microcosm of society,” she said, noting she’s a passion advocate for reconciliation.

“It’s unreal how informed they are. I’m so inspired by them, and I want to be able to amplify their voices and make the world a better place. I think I can be a bit of a bridge between lots of different people. It’s important to have women in decision-making situations. Also, I’m a very hardworking person and a passionate person.”  

Waters’ work ethic and passion has been evident in her history of neighbourhood involvement, which has included any number of activities such as organizing carolling to collect donations for Christmas hampers, volunteering at a community compost site, organizing bike rides and bike cleaning events, posting science videos and community window and sidewalk art to help keep up morale during the pandemic, and getting together with others to clean up in the community each spring.

“I think there’s lots of progressives in Saint Boniface–Saint Vital that want change,” Waters said.

“It’s up to the people to identify a candidate that meets their needs and a party that supports their interests, and they need to vote with courage and optimism.”

Liberal MP Dan Vandal was elected to the riding in 2015, and re-elected in 2019. At press time, Shola Agboola (CPC), Jane MacDiarmid (PPC), Laurent Poliquin (Green), and Vandal were among the other candidates registered in Boniface–Saint Vital.

Simon Fuller

Simon Fuller
Community Journalist

Simon Fuller is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. Email him at simon.fuller@canstarnews.com or call him at 204-697-7111.

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