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Like her father, Cindy Lamoureux takes pride in her personal touch.
The Liberal candidate and new MLA for Burrows garnered 2,612 votes in the April 19 provincial election. Lamoureux received 846 more votes than runner-up NDP candidate Melanie Wight, who was seeking re-election after becoming the riding’s MLA in 2011.
Lamoureux, 24, said it was her diligent door-knocking campaign that earned her the victory, a strategy she says she learned from her father, Winnipeg North MP Kevin Lamoureux.
"I honestly believe with my entire heart that it’s because I took the time to talk to people at the doors," Lamoureux said.
"I was fortunate that I got nominated in January of 2015, so I had over a year to start door-knocking and doing so, it gave me the opportunity to speak with people for more than just two minutes at the door. During a campaign you can’t spend too long at each door, you’ll never cover the riding that way, but because I started so early I was able to spend that time and really talk to people, see what was on their mind and get to know them beyond politics. I think that’s why they’re trusting me, because I’ve been able to prove my competency to them."
In addition to door-knocking during her own campaign, Lamoureux canvassed alongside her father in the fall federal election.
"I’ve actually hit every door in Burrows more than three times in the past six months," she said.
Lamoureux believes the work ethic she displayed at the doors is a major reason why voters in the riding looked beyond her young age.
"I think a lot of people underestimate me because of my age but once they have the opportunity to speak with me they recognize I do in fact know the issues, that I have some fresh ideas and that I’m not afraid to stand up in the Manitoba legislature to stand for them," she said.
As a newly elected MLA, Lamoureux said her first orders of business will be to advocate for community-based youth justice committees and to "find her own McDonald’s." Her father visits the McDonald’s on Keewatin Street every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to make himself available to his constituents.
"I want to choose a location where I can go once a week and be accessible to the community," she said. "I believe that’s a big reason why he (her father) does so well and I plan on staying in politics for a very long time."
Prior to becoming MLA for Burrows, Lamoureux worked for the Long Term & Continuing Care Association, a non-profit organization that advises seniors and families on personal care homes, retirement residences and supportive housing homes.
In addition to Wight, Lamoureux also defeated PC candidate Rae Wagner (1,009 votes), Green candidate Garrett Bodnaryk (210 votes) and Communist candidate Tony Petrowski (27 votes).
Community journalist — The Times
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