This is Dave Nickarz’s third time running for office with the Green Party of Manitoba. But as the public grows more concerned about climate change, Nickarz feels like he’s riding a green wave in Manitoba.
"When we ran in 2016, we built up a pretty good team and we picked up 36 per cent of the votes across (Wolseley)," Nickarz said. "I think we need a political arm of the group of people who care about the planet. Which is increasingly everybody."
Nickarz is a handyman and renovator by trade, putting in new bathroom tiles and heated floors for customers around Winnipeg.
When he isn’t working on floors, he fights as an environmental activist to protect the planet. Over the last 30 years, he’s worked in marine conservation in Antarctica and he’s helped protect the forests in British Columbia as well as a number of other initiatives.
Nickarz ran for the Green Party of Manitoba in 1999, just to get someone on the ballot. He said in 2014, he wanted a serious run for the 2016 election.
He said he’s focusing on a number of issues, with the big ones being health care and poverty reduction.
"We just released a video of the (Misericordia Urgent Care Centre) ... I will do my best to re-open that," Nickarz said. "It served a vital need in West Broadway, not only with resident, but our homeless population. Now, you have to go to Victoria Hospital, or overload the (Health Sciences Centre)."
Shandi Strong (Liberal) and Lisa Naylor (NDP) are also running in Wolseley. At press time, no candidate had been declared for the Progressive Conservatives.
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