Jeffrey Anderson, 49, is the Manitoba Liberal candidate for St. Vital. The father of two has lived there with his family for the last decade, appreciating the rich history of the vibrant and diverse community.
The business graduate from the University of Manitoba has spent the last 25 years of his career working to make systems more effective with the use of technology. He’s worked on three different continents including Europe, North America, and South America and acquired a wide-ranging skill set as a result. He’s a former civil servant who worked in the Department of Finance. And he wants to change the ways things are going.
"All elections are about the people. If you settle for good enough, we will always be good enough, used to being in debt, not thinking about dreams. Have faith and trust if you do the same thing, you’re gonna get the same result," Anderson said.
"Meth has become an epidemic. People are dying. First responders are dealing more with meth psychosis than ever before, property crime is up by 38 per cent. The Premier says it’s not an issue. The people are suffering. We are quite possibly heading into a recession. I believe in our (party’s) leadership, our policies, they make sense to get this province moving again," he added.
Anderson points to poverty as an issue of concern and believes that work needs to be done to improve the quality of life of many in his constituency.
"St. Vital has hidden poverty. There’s affluence on the Red River, distressed income on the Seine River. We need to make sure there’s job creation, education, day care centres so moms and dads can get into work. We need to get people out of poverty, try to reunite families. We’ve got 70,000 Manitobans on Employment and Income Assistance, people who can’t move out of poverty. We don’t need the polarization that’s happening down south."
Anderson’s passion for making a difference has been part of his life and professional development since his university years, volunteering his time on condominium boards, for CNIB, CancerCare, Run for the Cure, and many other causes important to him.
He wants Manitobans to have safe neighbourhoods and a first-rate health care and education system for all families, leaving the world a better place for all and not just some.
For more information, visit jeffreyanderson.ca, find him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (204) 995-7562.
Also running in St. Vital are Colleen Mayer (PC), Baljeet Sharma (Ind.), and Jamie Moses (NDP), David Sutherland (Manitoba First), and Elizabeth Dickson (GPM).
The election is Sept. 10.
South Osborne community correspondent
Janine LeGal is a community correspondent for South Osborne.