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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 GPM 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 GPM LIB
The Pallister government plans to eliminate the deficit by 2022. Should balancing the books be a priority?
Not importantPC GPM 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 GPM 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 GPM LIB
How important is it for the provincial government to take steps to address climate change?
UnnecessaryPC GPM LIB
Will a carbon tax influence consumer behaviour, such as encouraging people to drive less or make their homes more efficient?
Definitely willPC GPM 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 GPM 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 GPM 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 GPM 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: Realtor, business owner
Why did you decide to run for office?I feel that Elmwood is underrepresented and wanted to take the opportunity to continue serving this community from a different platform.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.I'd love to see Happy Days on Henderson expand to include much more of the neighbourhood and perhaps even a street party.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I don't sleep very much - 5 hours feels like a sleep in for me. Also, I don't know how to swim.
Profession: Project Manager
Education:B.A., University of Winnipeg
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?I don't know that there is one big issue that needs to be address so much as many smaller issues that, in coordination, can address the larger implications of the 'bigger' issues. Security issues like bike theft, environmental concerns like tree health, and economic development in the community, can and are being address by members of the Elmwood community. The project of tackling the big issues starts with coordinating community participation to address the immediate needs. This involves mapping out community needs and in consultation develop a plan to elevate and maintain the health of our community.
Why did you decide to run for office?I'm running because I believe there is an opportunity to transition into a green economy, an enlightened democracy, and a sustainable and equitable society. I don't see the kind of progress in the status quo politics we have now, and I believe it will take reasonable alternatives to make the improvements that we need.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.Run another mock election to celebrate when our real election was supposed to be. Maybe we can get some goals on record so we have something to aim for besides a 'balanced budget'
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.The first vehicle I ever owned was a school bus
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Profession: I work in a senior role on a DevOps Engineering Team for a large Canadian retailer, and have also worked in education, consulting, and writing.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?I would say that the biggest issue in Elmwood and East Kildonan right now is healthcare, with the meth crisis being a close and related second. The goal of myself and the Manitoba Liberals is to increase front-line support, both to medical staff and to community organizations that are already making a difference in health and safety of the community. We need both long-term plans and immediate support.
Why did you decide to run for office?I feel that it is important to break the back-and-forth cycle between spending without a plan and slashing without a plan, and to provide Manitobans with the option of working through our problems with policies based on existing research and current successful outcomes. It can sound great to say that a government is putting a large burst of funding in an area, or that the government is looking to trim fat, but when all of these actions are done with no long-term planning and short-term re-evaluation of the plan based on both successes and failures, it leads to the flat-tire governments that we've had since at least Gary Filmon in the 1980s.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.I'd like to see Manitoba's 150th marked with the creation of a committee of a diverse cross-section of Manitobans, including representatives from all parties and all regions, tasked with taking a bird's eye view of Manitoba, to compare to our past and to our neighbours and to make note of what is working well and what is lagging. I believe a non-partisan State of our Province would help us keep track of how well we are doing.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I'm known in some circles for my excellent pancake making, and in others for my science fiction novels, but I have never combined the two into a book on creating the perfect pancake.
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