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Hrynyk looking for federal seat

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Suzanne Hrynyk has spent her entire adult life in the public service.

Hrynyk, the NDP candidate for Kildonan-St. Paul in the upcoming federal election, is a registered nurse, graduating from St. Boniface Hospital School of Nursing in 1987.

In addition to nursing, she’s worked as a labour relations officer for the Manitoba Nurses Union and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Hrynyk is also a former Winnipeg School Division trustee, and in 2014 she ran for city council in the Old Kildonan ward. She fell to Coun. Devi Sharma by only 212 votes, the closest race in last year’s civic election.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 31/7/2015 (1452 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Suzanne Hrynyk has spent her entire adult life in the public service.

Hrynyk, the NDP candidate for Kildonan-St. Paul in the upcoming federal election, is a registered nurse, graduating from St. Boniface Hospital School of Nursing in 1987.

Oct 9 2014 - Suzanne Hrynyk (SUPPLIED/THE TIMES/CANSTAR COMMUNITY NEWS)

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Oct 9 2014 - Suzanne Hrynyk (SUPPLIED/THE TIMES/CANSTAR COMMUNITY NEWS)

In addition to nursing, she’s worked as a labour relations officer for the Manitoba Nurses Union and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Hrynyk is also a former Winnipeg School Division trustee, and in 2014 she ran for city council in the Old Kildonan ward. She fell to Coun. Devi Sharma by only 212 votes, the closest race in last year’s civic election.

"Unfortunately in the ’90s I was one of those nurses that were laid off. I was off for a period of about two and a half years," Hrynyk said.

"It was during that time that I became very keenly aware of the importance of politics on public sector services, on health care, on education, so that was really when I became very politically active within the NDP."

Hrynyk has lived in the Kildonan-St. Paul electoral district for the last 15 years, first in North Kildonan, then in West Kildonan for over a decade, and now in Garden City.

She said one of the biggest issues in the riding is the loss of Canada Post door-to-door service west of the Red River.

"I’ve been doing some door-knocking for over a month and I’m hearing at the doorstep that it continues to be a big problem for people," Hrynyk said.

"It’s kind of depressing that some people have totally removed their mailboxes from the front of their house. People think that’s a decision that’s written in stone, but I will never support the removal of that public service, especially in the light of the fact that Canada Post posted a record profit in 2014.

"People east of the river are keenly aware that it’s (the loss of door-to-door service) coming. They think it’s just a matter of time and they’re concerned. That’s a prevalent issue within the Perimeter."

Other recent issues Hrynyk opposes are the cuts to Veteran Affairs, the continued reduction of health transfer payments and the increase in the minimum retirement age from 65 to 67 years.

Hrynyk believes the government should be increasing Canadian Pension Plan payments, not reducing them.

"Seniors would have more money to spend in the community. Where do seniors spend their money but in their own neighbourhoods?" Hrynyk said.

"They’re at a point in their lives where they’re not taking their dollars to go shopping elsewhere. They’re staying here and spending their money here."

In addition to her federal election door-to-door campaigning, Hrynyk said she visited thousands of north Winnipeg doorsteps prior to the civic election.

"My commitment to getting out and meeting as many people as possible. Being a good listener on the doorstep is very important," Hrynyk said.

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Jared Story

Jared Story
Community journalist — The Times

Jared Story is the community journalist for The Times. Email him at jared.story@canstarnews.com Call him at 204-697-7206

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