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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 NDP 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 NDP LIB
The Pallister government plans to eliminate the deficit by 2022. Should balancing the books be a priority?
Not importantPC NDP 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 NDP 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 NDP LIB
How important is it for the provincial government to take steps to address climate change?
UnnecessaryPC NDP LIB
Will a carbon tax influence consumer behaviour, such as encouraging people to drive less or make their homes more efficient?
Definitely willPC NDP 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 NDP 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 NDP 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 NDP 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: Health Services Safety and Security Manager
Education:Neelin High school graduate Business Admin/Accounting Diploma ACC Canadian Health Care Association-diploma in health services management
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Taxation and affordability are one of the biggest issues facing our community. Our promise to lower the PST to 7% was fulfilled and this election we are guaranteeing even more money on the kitchen tables of our Brandon East families.
Why did you decide to run for office?I ran for office out of the desire for change and to serve the community. I have always tried to be a community advocate and be as involved as possible whether that be as a coach, board chair of the united way, city councilor or the MLA
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.I would suggest that we all look through our yearbooks, invite those that left back to the province to celebrate and show off all the wonderful changes that have taken place over the years and take the time to really showcase what an amazing province Manitoba is.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I got to marry my high school sweetheart. We have been married for 37 years, together for 41.
Profession: I am currently employed as an Educational Assistant with the Brandon School Division. I proudly served as the Councillor for the South Centre for a term on Brandon City Council. Additionally, I have worked as a researcher on projects related to rural economic development in Manitoba, rural broadband, and the 2018 Brandon Point-In-Time Homelessness Count. Over a decade of experience working for the provincial government has given me insight into a wide range of government files, including agriculture, education, family services, housing, and healthy living.
Education:I hold a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sociology and a Master’s in Rural Development, with a focus on Rural Sociology—both from Brandon University.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Meth is extremely present in Brandon and Manitoba. One of the most paramount priorities I hear from people in Brandon East is for meaningful action to combat the meth crisis. We are seeing families struggling to get help for their loved ones and rising crime rates. This problem has spiraled out of control under Brian Pallister’s government. He has announced band-aid solutions that fail to address the root causes of addictions. I am proud that the Manitoba NDP will open 25 emergency chemical detox beds in Brandon within the first 100 days of office. I also believe the establishment of a Recovery Coaching program, along with building a long-term residential treatment centre will provide better access to care in our community. These are crucial and positive impacts that the NDP can provide for Brandon.
Why did you decide to run for office?I am running because I genuinely want to make life better for the Brandon East community. I am passionate about ensuring everyone has access to quality health care and education. I want to take action on the climate crisis and work diligently to create jobs in Brandon. Families are frustrated that the meth crisis is being ignored by the provincial government, whether it’s because they cannot get help for a loved one or they no longer feel safe in their neighbourhoods. I am running for MLA to bring the community together and provide leadership that the current MLA is not. Serving as Councillor for the South Centre Ward was a great honour, and I want to continue serving my community as its MLA.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.For the 150th Anniversary of Manitoba, I want to see positive movement on the meth crisis to have families in our community begin the process of healing. I envision an end to health care cuts imposed by Pallister’s PCs and, instead, real investment in prevention and mental health. Our young people should have more time with their teachers and extra support provided by more Educational Assistants. I want Manitobans to feel optimistic about a government that works for everyday families, not just those at the top.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.Every morning before I head out on the campaign, I spend half an hour learning French, German, and Spanish on an app on my phone. I have always enjoyed learning languages and have found this is a great way to spend some time getting focused for the day, as well as improve my communication skills with my community.
Profession: Executive Director Family Visions Inc. (We support adults with intellectual disabilities)
Education:Cambrian Business College
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?In my opinion - addiction, crime, drugs, violence, weapons - I will continue in my role as an advocate about these concerns in my community and province.
Why did you decide to run for office?My work as a community advocate has propelled me in this direction. It was the logical step to continue bringing about change for my community. Sitting on the side lines waiting for progress to happen was no longer an option for me. It was important to me to keep the addictions crisis facing our province as an issue in this election. I feel I have achieved that. All three parties have provided plans to combat this crisis. Of the three, of course, the plan by the Manitoba Liberal Party is in alignment with my beliefs and address what I have been advocating for over the past 2.5 years.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.Bus tours could be organized for people to take trips to various communities in the province to learn why they make our province such a great place to live!
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.Up until I decided to run as the Liberal Candidate for MLA Brandon East I rarely missed a patrol for the Brandon Bear Clan Patrol since we started in June 2017. (We patrol two times a week for 2 hours each patrol.) That's a lot of miles and a lot of learned experience about how our community functions.