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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 ideaPC LIB
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 supervisionPC LIB
The Pallister government plans to eliminate the deficit by 2022. Should balancing the books be a priority?
Not importantPC LIB
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 muchPC LIB
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 ideaPC LIB
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 willPC LIB
I would rather have more money in my pocket through tax cuts than have the provincial government increase spending on public services.
Strongly agreePC LIB
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 controlPC LIB
How much do you consider a candidate’s personal history - before they entered politics - when deciding who to vote for?
Not at all
A lotPC LIB
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.
Profession: Member of the Legislative Assembly
Education:Red River College - Commerce and Marketing
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?There are a number of areas that an Assiniboia elected representative has to be aware. Our community has a significant seniors population. As the baby boom continues to age, the senior's population will continue to grow in this community. Our Government has created a 'state of the art' Emergent care at Grace Hospital which will address the long term needs of the Assiniboia senior's as well as all Manitobans. Seniors also need to know their government isn't going to create tax burdens on them. Our government continues to seek ways to reduce everyday taxes. A prime example of our commitment was the reduction of the PST as well as many commitments to reduce taxes on services.
Why did you decide to run for office?I was brought up in a family that encouraged making a contribution to your community. I have always been active. I have been involved in my local community clubs; I served as Vice President of Silver Height Community Club, as well as coaching hockey at Heritage Victoria Community Club. Serving as a St. James-Assiniboia School Trustee created a desire to continue to serve and contribute with my knowledge of Education and small business.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.As the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Assiniboia it would be my intention to approach our community clubs in partnership enhancing our own community's celebration of Manitoba's 150 birthday. I would also seek to partner with our St. James-Assiniboia School Division to reach out to their local neighbourhoods. This would include involving seniors in local celebrations. As your MLA I would take an active roll in helping to celebrate at the local level as well as enjoying our government's provincial ceremonies.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.My wife Karen and I started dating when were 16 years old and just celebrated our 40th anniversary.
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Education:B.A. University of Western B.Ed. (AD) University of Winnipeg
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?I've heard during this campaign from people concerned about the current state of healthcare, Many seniors face long wait times to see a specialist or get life improving surgery. The Manitoba Liberals propose to end cap funding for hip and knee replacement surgery and clear the waitlists. This investment in Manitoban's health will mean that people can get back to work earlier and help seniors achieve a more active lifestyle; ending the social isolation that comes with a long term disability.
Why did you decide to run for office?After 40 years of the same promises I felt that a new, more progressive way forward could be achieved. The Manitoba Liberals offer a plan that I can believe in. I believe we do not need to be a have not province. We can have a better economy, we can have a healthcare system that works for all Manitobans and we can have a cleaner and safer environment and society.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.One way to mark our anniversary is to allow everyone free Provincial Park passes and reduced fees to Manitoba Heritage attractions. Let's get Manitobans out to see the sights that make Manitoba a special place.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.As a Canadian military history buff, I've travelled throughout Europe to visit the cemeteries, battle grounds and beaches where Canadian soldiers fought for freedom and our way of life. I'm moved by reading about the experiences of my father's generation and how they fought to liberate the world from oppression and evil. Standing at the Vimy Monument or on Juno beach is humbling and makes me appreciate the freedoms we have in Canada.