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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 ideaIND PC
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 supervisionIND PC
The Pallister government plans to eliminate the deficit by 2022. Should balancing the books be a priority?
Not importantIND PC
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 muchIND PC
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 ideaIND PC
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 willIND PC
I would rather have more money in my pocket through tax cuts than have the provincial government increase spending on public services.
Strongly agreeIND PC
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 controlIND PC
How much do you consider a candidate’s personal history - before they entered politics - when deciding who to vote for?
Not at all
A lotIND PC
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: Former boilermaker; farmer, municipal councillor and MLA
Education:High School graduate and graduate of Burnaby Tech in BC
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Health care in rural communities. I would continue to work at keeping the Altona Hospital and ER open.
Why did you decide to run for office?Constant encouragement of many, many residents of the Borderland constituency. The 12 years of experience that I have gained in representing this constituency, I feel that I have more qualifications that any of the other candidates that have put their names forward.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.Create a new flag. We now have a totally different demographic than we had at the time it was originally created. To Create a new flag would be an activity that would be remembered for many, many years to come. I would have a competition with all the schools in the Province of Manitoba.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I used to be a rodeo contestant, riding bulls and broncos.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Affordability for hard-working families is a pressing issue - over half of Manitoba families have less than $200 left over after the bills are paid, and taxpayers in Borderland are feeling the pressure. Reducing the tax burden while focusing on improving our services is vitally important.
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