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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
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 muchLIB
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 ideaLIB
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.
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What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Like a large portion of northwest Manitoba, economic collapse is one of the largest problems facing my community, which leads to increased unemployment, poverty, and substance abuse. I hope to be able to foster stimulated economic recovery throughout the region by creating the conditions that will encourage the return of capital investment to the region to drive sustainable economic redevelopment.
Why did you decide to run for office?Having spent my entire life in this region, including the majority of my youth as one of four children of a low-income single-parent, I am keenly aware of the needs that many families in this region face. Government has a role to play in helping struggling families stand on their own two feet and break the cycle of poverty that far too many are trapped in. Northern Manitoba has been neglected in this respect for far too long, and I hope to be part of the next government that will make the changes to correct the problems we face.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.Our 150th celebration must include recognition of the hundreds of years before Confederation when Indigenous peoples in the region had a peaceful, cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship with each other. That relationship took a turn for the worse in the years prior to 1870, culminating with the Red River Rebellion. We need to recognize our shared history, and look to the future of repairing our strained relationships as we move towards reconciliation, together.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.Other than the fact that I dropped out of high school and went to work full-time at age 15, I think the most surprising thing I can mention is that I got hit by lightning the evening after my formal Manitoba Liberal Party Nomination. I got really lucky there, and only ended up with a severe limp and some minor burns on my legs and lower mid-section for about two and a half weeks. Four weeks later, I'm pretty much fully recovered.
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