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
How much control should the provincial government have over the operations of Crown corporations like Manitoba Public Insurance and Manitoba Hydro?
Not much say
The Pallister government plans to eliminate the deficit by 2022. Should balancing the books be a priority?
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
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
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?
I would rather have more money in my pocket through tax cuts than have the provincial government increase spending on public services.
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?
How much do you consider a candidate’s personal history - before they entered politics - when deciding who to vote for?
Not at all
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: MLA for Brandon West since 2011 Shareholder and Executive - Shur-Gro Farm Services
Education:B.A. Brandon University M.S. Purdue University
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Economic development and the opportunity for growth has been something I have worked on my entire career. Business creates jobs and both businesses and workers pay taxes to help provide the services that Manitobans depend on and add to the quality of life in Manitoba.
Why did you decide to run for office?I saw what was happening to Manitoba and its economy and was not happy with its path. Being an MLA allows many opportunities to help people and has been very rewarding. I have served on Treasury Board and the Economic Growth Committee of Cabinet as well as the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Public Accounts Committee. I was the Chair of the All-Party Task Force on Organ and Tissue Donation in Manitoba.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.The Manitoba 150 Committee has been working to provide a year-long experience for Manitobans that will encompass all parts of Manitoba.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I have a Class 1 license and have operated a semi-trailer throughout the Prairie Provinces and Mid-Western States.
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