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The Free Press invited all provincial 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 MLA.
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.
The provincial government says consolidating Winnipeg’s six acute care hospitals down to three will improve overall medical care for patients. Is that the right move?
Not a good idea
Terrible ideaGPM NDP
How much control should the provincial government have over the operations of Crown corporations like Manitoba Public Insurance and Manitoba Hydro?
Not much say
Direct supervisionGPM NDP
The Pallister government plans to eliminate the deficit by 2022. Should balancing the books be a priority?
Not importantGPM NDP
In Budget 2019, the provincial government spent approximately $350 million on highways. The construction industry says we need to invest more. Is $350 million the right amount?
Way too little
A little under
A little too much
Way too muchGPM NDP
There have been calls to install safe consumption and/or injection sites in Manitoba, so that people with addictions can consume or inject drugs in a space with medical supervision and more readily available access to addiction services. Are these sites a good idea?
A good idea
A bad ideaGPM NDP
How important is it for the provincial government to take steps to address climate change?
Will a carbon tax influence consumer behaviour, such as encouraging people to drive less or make their homes more efficient?
Definitely willGPM NDP
I would rather have more money in my pocket through tax cuts than have the provincial government increase spending on public services.
Strongly agreeGPM NDP
Manitoba’s K-12 education system is currently undergoing a review of curriculum and spending models. How much control should school boards have when it comes to making education budgets?
No controlGPM NDP
How much do you consider a candidate’s personal history - before they entered politics - when deciding who to vote for?
Not at all
A lotGPM NDP
The candidates, as people: Would-be MLAs introduce themselves to you and describe their backgrounds, what made them decide to run for office, and how they hope to solve the problems facing your community.
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Profession: I have had many professions while responding to changes in life, location, and the work force. In the city, I was a broadcaster (Radio & TV, writer), and publicist. I have been a manager and administrator in the not-for-profit sector (Tiger Hills Arts Association, Campus-and-Community Radio at U of M). I have also been a small business owner and employee, and a food security advocate. I am currently a high school Educational Assistant with Prairie Spirit School Division.
Education:B.A.(English & History) from University of Winnipeg, Education Assistant from Red River College.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?The people of Agassiz are telling me they are very concerned about the future, and worried for their children and grandchildren. Farmers are wondering about the best farming practices for a shifting climate and markets. We are reliant on energy to heat our homes, grow our food, and get around, but we want to leave this world a better place. The first priority of the Green Party of Manitoba is to address the Climate Crisis, by supporting the transition away from fossil fuel and investing in Green energy, transportation and agriculture.
Why did you decide to run for office?I am very concerned with the way we have been managing all our resources - natural, human and economic. Most people want to leave this world a better place than they found it, but we have been struggling to find a path that works for all of us. In my lifetime, I have witnessed the relentless press for progress and prosperity at the expense of local cultures, economies and ecosystems. The time to rethink how we get things done in the country is NOW. The Green Party has responses to all of our major issues, and is clear and consistent in the goal of a sustainable future. I'm running to give Agassizians a Green choice on September 10th
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.What about a geological tour-and-trail, that guides people through the varied eco-zones of Manitoba, highlighting our geological history?
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.People think of me as artistic, so they might be surprised how much I think about science - the how and why of things, the systems and the way everything works together. My dad kept a stack of magazines in the bathroom, so I grew up on Popular Science, Popular Mechanics and Mechanics Illustrated. He also never threw anything out, so to this day, I collect old hardware, and old magazines.
Profession: I am a Registered Nurse, working as a Hospital Based Case Coordinator for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's Home Care Program at the Seven Oaks General Hospital.
Education:Bachelor of Science in Nursing Masters Degree in Nursing
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Manitobans are facing the big issue with our health care as Brian Pallister has chosen to cut millions from health care all across Manitoba. From closing EMS stations, to cancelling personal care home projects to cutting rural doctor recruitment programs, Mr. Pallister has made choices that make it harder in rural Manitoba. I will advocate for better health services in the rural areas. Patients being treated closer to their homes and their families, instead of sending them to the city which is more expensive to sustain. The NDP have a plan to hire more nurses, invest in home care and build more care homes for seniors that will help strengthen health care in rural Manitoba. We know it is needed and the time for investment is now. As a nurse and Home Care coordinator, I can speak confidently on the issues that matter to health care workers and patients, I work with different organizations that provide support and social services to seniors, our youth, the sick, the homeless, newcomers, and the working class. I know the importance of a strong, accessible and properly staffed health care system. It is important to have an advocate who has these real experience in the Legislature.
Why did you decide to run for office?With my hands-on experience as a Registered Nurse, I believe I will be the strongest voice in fighting the health care and education cuts at the Legislature. Two words that best describes a nurse; caring and serving the people.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.Better health care services that are accessible and free for all Manitobans!
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I am also a 4th Degree Black Belt, in Filipino Martial Arts. We are a family of black belt instructors. I am the administrator of our family owned martial arts school, The Winnipeg Sikaran Arnis Academy. Most of our students are children and youth and we train them to become young achievers and young martial arts champion athletes. I am proud mom of National and World Champions in Martial Arts. Three words that best describes a black belt and a sports coach; committed, hardworking and strong.
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