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The Free Press invited all federal candidates to fill out a questionnaire about themselves, the issues affecting their communities, and what they hope to achieve in office.
Ten questions on the issues: Find out how your opinions compare with the candidates hoping to become your next MP.
We’ll then show you how the candidates’ positions compare to yours.
If a party’s position doesn’t appear on the scale below, their candidate did not respond to the question.
How big of a priority is it to balance the federal budget?
Not importantNDP CON PPC GRN
I would rather have more money in my pocket through tax cuts than have the federal government increase spending on public services.
Strongly disagreeNDP CON PPC GRN
In 2018, about 320,000 immigrants came to Canada. Is that the right number?
Way too many
Way too fewNDP PPC
In 2018, about 28,000 refugees came to Canada. Is that the right number?
Way too many
Way too fewNDP PPC
How important is it for Canada to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions?
Not importantNDP CON PPC GRN
Should Canada approve the construction of new fossil-fuel pipelines?
Get Canada off oilNDP CON PPC
Handguns should be banned in Canada.
Strongly disagreeNDP CON PPC
To what extent do you feel there is a need for reconciliation between Canada and Indigenous peoples?
No needNDP CON PPC
Some of Canada’s big cities want the federal government channel funding directly to them for things like transit, rather than sending funding to the provinces to distribute to cities. Is that a good idea?
Terrible ideaNDP CON PPC
The Canadian government should implement a pharmacare program to cover the cost of prescription drugs.
Strongly disagreeNDP CON PPC
The candidates, as people: Would-be MPs introduce themselves to you and describe their backgrounds, what made them decide to run in this election, and how they hope to solve the problems facing your community.
Profession: Beekeeper Social Worker
Education:Masters of Social Work
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?The looming environmental crisis affects all future generations. The putrefaction of Lake Winnipeg by Winnipeg's seweage and other upstream sources affects the commercial and sport fisheries as well as the pleasure uses of our beautiful lake. Sever weather events are already affecting agriculture. As beekeepers we are sensitive, but livestock producers and crop farmers are even more affected by these extreme cycles. Government action is needed to help those most impacted. We are all trying to do our part, but government leadership is required to assist us in transitioning and to limit the big environmental polluters by incentives and by regulation.
Why did you decide to run in this election?I am inspired by Jagmeet Singh's vision on issues that effect ordinary folks: affordable housing, pharmacare, dental care and electrification of public transportation. He has a vision of an interprovincial power corridor, maximizing Manitoba's abundant renewable electric power. I have been involved in befriending and assisting many new Canadians. I believe fair and just welcoming of new immigrants is necessary to sustaining our workforce into the future. Previous generations from many countries, including my maternal great grandparents, coming from Britain in the 1870's and my father from Scotland in the 1940's, enriched our nation as newcomers are doing now.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I refurbish bicycles for give-away to Cuba (147 so far) and to refugee families.
Profession: Parliamentarian/Cattle producer
Education:Graduated from Olds College in Livestock Technology and Agricultural Production
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Major issues for my area are affordability for constituents, feed shortages for livestock producers, wet fall slowing down harvest, health of Lake Winnipeg basin, and rural crime. We have to get rid of the Trudeau carbon tax. People in rural communities have no choice but to drive and carbon taxes punish us disproportionately while doing nothing for the environment. The feed shortages are becoming critical and some of our livestock producers are in serious danger of going out of business. The Liberal government has no plan to help them because they have never understood or respected rural farmers. The algae crisis in Lake Winnipeg must be addressed as well. It is having an financial impact on the local economy and all levels of government need to act quickly to address the main cause – the dumping of untreated sewage into the lake basin. Concerning rural crime, the Conservative Party has investigated this issue in depth, and we look forward to implementing the solutions we developed in the last Parliament if we form Government on October 21st.
Why did you decide to run in this election?I wanted to run in this election because Canadians cannot afford another 4 years of Justin Trudeau. Canadians are being squeezed for more and more taxes by this Liberal government to pay for their out of control spending. We need a Conservative government to steer our country in a better direction. Our Conservative leader, Andrew Scheer has been clear about what we want to achieve if we form government. We want to make life more affordable for Canadians. We will do that by repealing the Trudeau carbon tax and implementing a Real Plan to Protect our Environment, reduce income taxes, making sure we can get our pipelines built to get or oil to market, treat small business people with respect and cut the mess of red tape introduced by the Liberals, and end the Liberal practice of financially subsidizing their well-connected, wealthy corporate insiders with your tax dollars.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I first decided to run for Parliament to represent farmers in my riding during the BSE crisis.
Profession: Counselor, Educator, Professional Driver.
Education:Studied Building Construction at Technical Vocation High school. Attended the University of Winnipeg; faculty of education.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?We must look at basic living conditions of Canadians. With wages being frozen or increasingly low, we must fight for better financial equality like affordable housing, better “wage-to-costs” ratio and improved use of our tax dollars. We have a growing issue with mental health and homelessness in our constituency. We must ensure that here and the rest of Canada is ensuring that Canadians are looked after first, which no other party has done. Finally, I would like to do what the Conservatives and Liberals have failed miserably at, and meet with our aboriginal communities to modernize our Indian Act and bring it into the 21st century.
Why did you decide to run in this election?Our current government is and has been simply useless and negligent to our citizens and with our taxes. We have heard the same promises and excuses our entire lives but cannot have faith in what we are told. Our history consists of 152 years of Liberal or Conservative power, but they have achieved very little. Our government has shown time and time again, that they simply don’t care about Canadians or the future, if there is a buck to be made today. I have watched many children grow up during my career, as well as my niece, and when I look around me, I am fearful for their futures. Our grandparents fought for our freedoms and returned to demand a good life. Since then, we have let our freedoms and our rights slip. Most Canadians are currently in severe debt and our children can’t afford education and homes. Do we want to be the generations that stood idly by, or the ones that demanded change? I want to effect positive change for our children and grandchildren.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I would have to say that the biggest reaction I get is from people who expect me to tell them what they want to hear. I am an honest "politician" and truly got into this to effect change. I don't lie to gain votes and don't make empty promises either. I think that this catches some people off guard because they are used to politicians being "yes men" and agreeing with everything. I certainly want what is best for my riding and for Canadians in general, but wont just glaze over an issue. I also do not mud-sling, which is dirty politics. I expect to be treated with respect and in turn treat others with the same respect; regardless of beliefs or political leanings. I think that sometimes when I discourage belittling of my opponents, this confuses others.
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Profession: Farmer, writer/producer, professional driving instructor, storyteller,
Education:Book of life? Before that, BA University of Winnipeg
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?The biggest issue is that we are having a hard time excepting the fact that our activity here on plane t earth is having a profoundly negative impact. In that sense the riding is not alone. That why there are those of us Stepping up to bring voice to this issue. WE are in need of fresh eyes a fresh vision of what is possible.
Why did you decide to run in this election?Because I find myself living in an age if insanity
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I still have all my digits!