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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: Managing Partner, Elm Park Dental - current Special Assistant, Minister of Infrastructure, Province of Manitoba – 2016-18 Occupational Therapy – 10 year’s experience
Education:Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy, U of M
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?As the MLA for Fort Garry, my job would be to address the concerns that are important to the people of Fort Garry. I believe a strong representative is engaged with the community and works to address their priorities. I have heard from people at the doors in Fort Garry that affordability is a key issue. People want the be able to buy a home, raise a family and stay in their homes as they age. Our PC Team is focused on making Manitoba affordable through a variety of measures including keeping our promise to reduce the PST to 7% and cut ambulance fees in half. I want to continue that work with our PC Team and help make life more affordable for Manitoba families. I’m proud to have raised my family in South Winnipeg and I want that to be possible for the next generation. I will work with our PC Team to continue to move Manitoba forward with our Guarantee to provide a $2020 tax rollback, invest $2 billion in healthcare, build 20 schools in Manitoba, create 40,000 private sector jobs and implement our Made-in-Manitoba Green Plan. I have enjoyed meeting the people of Fort Garry and listening to their priorities over the last 5 months. I will work to earn your support and the privilege of representing Fort Garry as your PC MLA.
Why did you decide to run for office?I decided to run in this election to work with the PC Team to ensure that we continue to fix the finances in order to make Manitoba affordable for families and attractive to businesses. As a business owner, I know how important local businesses are to our economy. They provide services to the community and jobs. A strong business community is important for a vibrant economy. I have lived in South Winnipeg for over twenty years. I believe in the potential of Winnipeg and Manitoba to be a community where families and businesses can thrive, and I want to do everything I can to help move our community forward. Through my experiences as a parent, Occupational Therapist, Special Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure, and as the chair of a Parent Council for 10 years, I’ve developed a variety of skills that I will to put to work for the people of Fort Garry and Manitoba including leadership, collaboration with teams, and solution focused problem solving. My many years of volunteering and fundraising for groups such as Special Olympics, Manitoba League for Persons with Disabilities, Tourette Syndrome Foundation, Manitoba Chapter, and the ALS Society have taught me about the importance of strong advocacy, and I know I will be a strong advocate for Fort Garry.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.Manitoba’s 150th is a very exciting time for our province. I believe that consultation with the people of Manitoba would be the best indicator of what types of celebrations would make it special. We will want to let people from all over Canada to know about our exciting celebrations.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.As a student at the University of Manitoba, I worked in a manual labour job during the summers. There was a group of us who did yard maintenance, exterior painting and environmental clean up. It was fun to be part of the team and work hard together to clean up the indoor and outdoor spaces for the year-round employees.
Profession: Lawyer, Residential tenancies Commissioner & School Trustee
Education:LLM (Masters) Osgoode Hall Law School; LLB – law degree – Universite Ottawa; M.A. (Political Science) Masters – McGill; B.A. (Hons) Political Studies U of M
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Fort Garry is incredibly diverse and there are different issues facing each of our local communities. The one overriding issue is the reduction of healthcare services in the riding. We have been hit the hardest by the Pallister governments cuts to healthcare. We have lost the emergency room at the Victoria Hospital. We have lost the Urgent Care Centre at the Misericordia. We have lost a Primary Care Clinic at Stafford/Corydon. Access to medical services is a key issue in the riding.
Why did you decide to run for office?I am passionate about public education. Over the past three years I have seen the impact that the Pallister Government cuts to the education system have had and I have concerns that they are dismantling the Public Education system. I want to represent my community and ensure we have a public education system we can be proud of.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.I would like to see a Province wide High School Theater Festival with original plays authored, produced and performed by students that the general public could attend. We could make the plays about the issues facing Manitoba in the past 150 years.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I am a vegetarian who loves BBQ cooking. I am on the look out for the best vegetarian BBQ recipes I can find.
Profession: Director of Communications for the Manitoba Liberal Caucus Former Broadcaster and Journalist
Education:Diploma - Radio & Television Broadcasting, Robertson College Broadcast Meteorology - Mississippi State University
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?It depends on which neighbourhood you are spending time in. I've been out door knocking since the beginning of July. The Pallister government's reckless cuts to health care and the PC's decision to close Victoria Hospital's ER has been one of the biggest concerns raised by residents. Several Residents have expressed concern about not having care close to home. Manitoba Liberals are the only party committed to re-opening Victoria Hospital's ER. We will give control back to the hospital, and consult with nurses and doctors. Manitoba Liberals will lift the health care spending freeze that has been in place since 2016. Climate change has also been hot topic at the door in Fort Garry. The PCs and NDP have been ignoring this giant ticking clock. Manitoba Liberals released a plan for Green Growth and Renewal this past May. Our plan will make Manitoba carbon neutral by 2030. It also offers Manitobans ideas on how they can get involved in the fight against climate change.
Why did you decide to run for office?Because life doesn't have to be this hard for so many Manitobans. Since I started working for the Manitoba Liberal caucus in 2016, I've met parents who are frustrated and upset that they can't afford to send their child to university. I've met seniors who can't afford to pay for their groceries because their medication is so expensive. I've met nurses who are scared of "what's next - what other cuts does the Pallister government have planned for health care?" I've met teachers who are worried the PCs are sharpening their scissors, and gearing up to make cuts to Manitoba's education system. We need more people fighting the good fight.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.On Manitoba's birthday, we could ask Manitobans to mark the occasion by planting a tree in their backyard or community. We could use the tree planting event to help further the Manitoba Liberal message of the need for Green Growth and Renewal in our province.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I competed in Winnipeg's version of "Dancing with the Stars" and placed second. My swing moves were no match for a fellow broadcaster from CBC (he took home the trophy).
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