Winnipeg South Centre is home to 90,711 people, based on the 2011 census, from various backgrounds and diverse neighbourhoods. There are 67,988 people registered to vote in the riding. The riding stretches from the south banks of the Assiniboine River down through Tuxedo and Linden Woods, east through River Heights and Fort Garry, and north through Fort Rouge to Osborne Village.
Four candidates are running for MP in Winnipeg South Centre. Based on community issues and concerns, The Sou’wester posed the same questions to each candidate to find out how they will work for the community.
Here are the answers of Conservative candidate Joyce Bateman:
Q: Residents who have had door-to-door Canada Post delivery for decades will lose that service in favour of community mail boxes. How do you feel residents in the riding will be affected by the end of door-to-door delivery?
A: In 2014, Canada Post delivered 1.4 billion fewer letters than it did in 2006. Two-thirds of Canadians do not currently receive door-to-door mail delivery. Canada Post must balance its finances without being a burden on Canadian taxpayers. The opposition’s plan for Canada Post will cost taxpayers half a billion dollars a year, which means they will raise taxes on every single Canadian in order to pay for their plan. We won’t do that — instead we are focused on keeping taxes low, creating jobs and putting money back into the pockets of hard-working Canadians.
Q: Describe how you and your party will best represent Winnipeg South Centre residents in regards to Kapyong Barracks consultations.
A: I am pleased that all parties may now engage in constructive, respectful consultations regarding the barracks for the benefit of all. I take Justice Stratas’ reminder to heart — consultations are a two-way street. I will make sure that the communities I serve in Winnipeg South Centre will be fully consulted in the next phase. The future of the site deserves a full, fair, and public consultation, including all interested parties, members of the neighbouring communities and First Nations. A local voice is crucial to ensure that this land is developed responsibly to benefit all residents of our city.
Q: What will you and your party do to increase or improve access to childcare specifically in Winnipeg South Centre?
A: Our Conservative government is putting money back in the pockets of every single Canadian family with children by increasing and expanding the Universal Child Care Benefit to nearly $2,000 per year for every child under six, and $720 per year for every child between six and 17. Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair would cancel the Universal Child Care Benefit and take these benefits away from Canadian families and raise taxes.
Q: Recent crime has made many residents fearful for their property and safety in their community. Taking into consideration federal jurisdiction over sentence length and the Youth Criminal Justice Act, how will you and your party address low-level and petty crime in Winnipeg South Centre neighbourhoods?
A: Under the previous Liberal government, Canada’s justice system had it backwards — all too often the rights of criminals took precedence over the rights of victims. Through our comprehensive justice agenda we committed to making Canada a safer place, and we are delivering. We’ve passed over 30 Justice and Public Safety bills, toughening sentences and making sure the victims of crime are put first. Unfortunately, both the Liberals and NDP promised to repeal mandatory minimum sentences, taking us backwards and making our streets less safe.