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Kurt Morton thinks young adults need a voice in politics.
That’s why, at age 23, he’s running for Kirkfield Park under the NDP banner.
Morton is a university student who’s taking time off to work as a lifeguard with the City of Winnipeg, as well as to run in the provincial election.
He said that as a young adult trying to build a life in Winnipeg, he has a perspective older candidates do not.
"A lot of (older candidates) don’t realize what’s changed. I’ve worked minimum-wage jobs before, I was lucky enough to live at home and just worry about paying for school," Morton said. "Minimum wage hasn’t kept up with the cost of living, the NDP’s minimum wage increase will help a lot of people."
In addition to being a lifeguard, Morton works as a building servicer for the City of Winnipeg. He said he understands the importance of public services, and has seen the results of service cuts first-hand. He said he will focus on health care, education and the minimum wage increase.
Morton said he’s concerned about the health care cuts, and how front-line staff are being overloaded.
"People have been concerned about our health care system, and where it’s going. At Grace Hospital, yes they got a new ER … but it doesn’t matter how nice it is if there’s been cuts to staff, if staff morale is low," Morton said. "Yes, our health care system needs improvements, but heavy-handed cuts are not the way to go."
Also running for Kirkfield Park is Scott Fielding (PC), Ernie Nathaniel (Lib.) and Dennis Bayomi (GPM). Bayomi could not be reached by press time.
The Metro community journalist
Justin Luschinski was the community journalist for The Metro until May 2021.