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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 importantCHP PPC CON GRN LIB NDP
I would rather have more money in my pocket through tax cuts than have the federal government increase spending on public services.
Strongly disagreeCHP PPC CON GRN LIB NDP
In 2018, about 320,000 immigrants came to Canada. Is that the right number?
Way too many
Way too fewCHP PPC CON GRN LIB NDP
In 2018, about 28,000 refugees came to Canada. Is that the right number?
Way too many
Way too fewCON GRN LIB NDP
How important is it for Canada to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions?
Not importantPPC CON GRN LIB NDP
Should Canada approve the construction of new fossil-fuel pipelines?
Get Canada off oilPPC CON GRN LIB NDP
Handguns should be banned in Canada.
Strongly disagreeCHP PPC CON GRN LIB NDP
To what extent do you feel there is a need for reconciliation between Canada and Indigenous peoples?
No needCHP PPC CON GRN LIB NDP
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 ideaPPC CON GRN LIB NDP
The Canadian government should implement a pharmacare program to cover the cost of prescription drugs.
Strongly disagreeCHP PPC CON GRN LIB NDP
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: Teacher/Assessment Facilitator
Education:B.A. (Adv.) B.Ed. M.Ed
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?There are many issues that many people like myself want resolved to be able to live in a peaceful community. One of the biggest issue is crime, break-ins and theft as well as the opioid crisis. The best way to address these concerns is talk to people and listen to what they have to say and take their concerns seriously and then take necessary steps to do something on their behalf.
Why did you decide to run in this election?I believe in honesty and integrity in government. I also believe in biblical principles and establishing truth about situations that continue to divide our nation. I want to be the voice for people who stand for justice and fairness.
Profession: I taught immigrants English for 25 years and helped them with settlement and integration into workplaces.
Education:BSc and BEd Certificate in Adult Education
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Seniors have explained to me that poor healthcare and the hiring of improperly prepared Homecare workers, many of whom have been forced to integrate too quickly into our workforce without proper resources to help them. We are the only party which will significantly reduce the amount of immigration annually so that we have time to prepare the immigrants sufficiently to enter our workplaces. Our healthcare policy allows the federal government to abide fully by the constitution because in the constitution, healthcare is 100% provincial jurisdiction. We would allow provinces to have full responsibility and freedom to be innovative in their governance of healthcare by stopping the annual transfer payments and removing the restrictions on the provinces and territories that are in the obsolete Health Act. We would transfer the GST to the provinces and territories to give them the same amount of money with more freedom. While door knocking some people expressed concern about climate change. Our party would like to open up the debate on climate change; we need to speak about all sides of this issue without being called names. For example, the day the Greta Thunberg spoke to the UN in September, 500 scientists and engineers, including 45 from the US, from places like MIT sent a letter to the UN urging the UN to organize a meeting of scientists “on both sides of the climate debate early in 2020” (Washington Times, September 29, 2019). This is freedom of speech.
Why did you decide to run in this election?I decided to run for the People’s Party of Canada, because it was the only party that stood for Canadian values and had well developed policies that were common sense. I have 11 grandchildren and the PPC is the only party that will work towards keeping Canada free, strong and safe for future generations. The PPC will remove our economic platform in Canada from a debt mentality; it is the only party which will balance the budget in two years by stopping billions of dollars from being sent to countries for climate change and infrastructure.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I enjoy gardening, painting, playing the piano and pets.
Profession: Chartered Accountant
Education:• ICD.D designation from Rotman School of Management and the Institute of Corporate Directors • CPA, CA Received Chartered Accountant Designation • HBA, Received Honours Business Administration Degree from Ivey School of Business, Western University
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?People are barely getting by. And they’re definitely not getting ahead. I support plans for the new Conservative federal government to: o Scrap the carbon tax. o Remove the GST off home heating bills and home energy costs. o Make maternity benefits tax-free. o Provide a Universal Tax Cut to all hard working taxpayers. o Implement a Children’s Fitness Tax Credit. o Implement a Children’s Arts & Learning Tax Credit. o Boost the Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). o Cancel $1.5B in corporate welfare and redirect savings to Canadians. o Help homeowners pay for energy-saving renovations through the Green Homes Tax Credit (GHTC).
Why did you decide to run in this election?I am running for office for three reasons o I have the personal and professional skills and the experience to do the job – I am a Chartered Accountant by profession, I have served on the School Board and as your MP. I know and understand the private sector and I am very familiar with the government environment. o I believe in the Winnipeg South Centre community and want to help it prosper o I don’t like or agree with what is happening in and to our country
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.• I put myself through University playing Viola professionally in the London Symphony Orchestra
Education:Bachelor of Arts Honours in Economics and Political Studies (2006) and an LLB (2013), both from the University of Manitoba.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Climate change is the biggest issue facing our community and the world. Only Greens can be trusted with this important file. Please review our plan Mission Possible (https://www.greenparty.ca/en/mission-possible) and our platform (https://www.greenparty.ca/en/platform).
Why did you decide to run in this election?We need action on climte change. It has been disappointing to see my MP, Jim Carr, promote pipelines and threaten to call out the miliatry on enviornmental and Indigenous protesters against the pipelines.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I love my skateboard, it's a great way to cruise around the city ... even in a suit.
Profession: Current MP for Winnipeg South Centre and Minister of International Trade Diversification. Previously a business and community leader, journalist and musician.
Education:BA Joint Honours from McGill University
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?I’ve heard from my constituents in Winnipeg South Centre that affordability and fighting climate change is top of mind in our community. Canada’s economy is strong and growing, but the rising cost of living makes it harder for everyone to share in that success. And you cannot build a plan for the future of the economy if you do not have a plan for the environment. Our Liberal plan is committed to taking real action to fight climate change, while making life more affordable for Canadians, especially those families and seniors who are struggling to get by. More than 12,000 kids are benefiting from the Canada Child Benefit here in Winnipeg South Centre - our plan will boost the Benefit by 15% for newborns, create up to 250,000 before and after school care spaces, give students up to $1,200 more through increased Canada Student Grants and increase the Old Age Security benefit for seniors by 10% when they turn 75. We will also build on the progress of the last four years, including putting a price on carbon pollution, banning single-use plastics and investing millions of dollars in Lake Winnipeg and new wastewater projects, by committing Canada to net zero emissions by 2050, planting two billion trees, and making our country the best place in the world to build a clean tech company. The choices Canadians make every day – from the renovations we make on our homes to the cars we drive – have a real and meaningful impact on the environment we share. We will make it easier and more affordable for people and businesses to make choices that leave a cleaner world for our children and grandchildren with loans and grants for energy retrofits, tax cuts for clean technology companies, rebates for electric vehicles and funds to help schools and municipalities buy zero-emission buses.
Why did you decide to run in this election?I was inspired to run as Member of Parliament in 2015 because I believed that Canada needed a change of direction after 10 years of the Harper government. I knew we could do better. I am proud of our Liberal record and accomplishments of the last four years and believe they provide a platform upon which so much more can be built. As a father and grandfather, I take seriously the responsibility to balance the pressures of now without compromising the interest of future generations. I have always been a communicator, whether through my oboe, my pen as a journalist or my voice as a member of the Manitoba Legislature and the Parliament of Canada. My ambition is to be a bridge builder, a facilitator and a leader. These qualities and experiences are what I bring to public service and what drive me to continue to serve.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I first joined the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as an oboist when I was 16 years old.
Profession: I work as the Provincial Organizer with the Canadian Federation of Students which unites over 45,000 post-secondary students. Since graduating from the University of Winnipeg in 2013, I have worked with the David Suzuki Foundation, for Manitobans for the Arts & Green Action Centre managing projects that focus on developing both cultural and environmental awareness & action.
Education:I have a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Winnipeg and am currently pursuing my MBA in Community Economic Development.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Jobs & Affordability. Globally, our top priority has to be Climate Change. We need bold action that addresses this, our most pressing environmental issue we have ever faced. Locally in our community, people are working harder than ever, but feel like they can’t get ahead. We need good jobs and more affordability so that Canadians can build their best life. Almost half of Canadian workers are living paycheque to paycheque. The NDP are on the side of people. We’re fighting to: create 300,000 green jobs across the country, save families over $500 a year with pharmacare, cancel interest on student loans, invest in housing and lowering cell phone and internet prices.
Why did you decide to run in this election?As a young person, we’re often told to “write to our elected leaders” and “call your representative” to make change. Well, I think more young people need to rise to a new and emerging challenge: Get Involved! If you want to see change, be the change. I am running in this election, in the community that I live and grew up with so that people, especially young people, know they can make a difference. People now know there is a progressive candidate to vote for in this election and I am proud to be running as an NDP candidate because it is a party that understands our future depends on transitioning to a new green economy that is both sustainable and rooted in social justice.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I'm a hobby bee-keeper, my dog is from Egypt and I have performed several times in a B-52s cover band in Winnipeg!