Megan Hoskins wants to bring a youthful voice to the Manitoba legislature.
Hoskins, 24, is the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba candidate for St. Boniface in the upcoming provincial election.
"I think more young people need to get involved in politics and have their voices heard," said Hoskins, who will marry her fiancée, Alice Johnston, next summer. "I don’t think enough young people in the province have a voice, politically."
Hoskins, an environmental lab professional, said she’s hearing about a number of issues concerning Manitobans, which include affordability and education.
"Affordability for Manitobans, in general, is a really big issue, and education is a really important one, as kids are obviously such an important part of our future," Hoskins said, noting the importance of the large-scale educational review that is currently underway in the province.
Hoskins said one of the defining characteristics of the St. Boniface constituency is its diversity, and she’s enjoying meeting residents from different walks of life on the campaign trail.
"I love getting to talk to people from different backgrounds, especially new Canadians that have immigrated to Manitoba," Hoskins said.
"It’s also interesting to hear different opinions and viewpoints on people’s doorsteps, which are an important part of the democratic process."
"Everyone’s been really nice, and it’s been great to talk to lots of new faces. If I do get elected, I’ll be a valuable and reliable representative for the people of St. Boniface," she added.
Raised in a French-Canadian family in northern Manitoba, Hoskins emphasized the importance of preserving the area’s francophone culture.
"The French culture and history in St. Boniface remains really strong, and preserving St. Boniface’s culture is really important, and something people should be really proud of."
Also running in St. Boniface are Laurissa Sims (NDP), Dougald Lamont (MLP), Jaclyn Jeanson (GPM) and Simone Fortier (Manitoba Forward). The provincial election is Sept. 10.
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