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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 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 LIB
The Pallister government plans to eliminate the deficit by 2022. Should balancing the books be a priority?
Not importantPC 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 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 LIB
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?
Definitely willPC 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 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 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 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: MLA, Community Advocate
Education:Fort Richmond Collegiate, University of Manitoba
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?An ongoing issue has been the issue of safe, affordable university student housing. Our team has attracting new business investors, which is why you will see some new high-rise housing geared toward the student population. Healthcare has also been discussed frequently at the doors, in particular, mental health and addictions services. We were happy to announce the new centre of excellence for mental health at the Victoria General Hospital, with an additional 71 beds (inpatient/outpatient) and the five new RAAM clinics throughout the province. We have a lot of work ahead of us to better meet the needs of the families and individuals who require support with addictions and mental health challenges, and these steps show our commitment to continue to make progress in this area.
Why did you decide to run for office?I was hesitant to put my name forward initially, but realized that I had a passion for advocating for my community after many discussions with family. I wasn’t a stranger to problem solving within the community and saw an opportunity to use my skills and experience to help on a broader scale. Being so closely connected to the community in Fort Richmond, my neighbours and constituents know they can trust that I will listen and advocate for the issues that are important to them and their families.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.I am excited to celebrate with a big community BBQ here in Fort Richmond!
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I am the middle child of five kids and I have one kidney!
Profession: Not-for-profit professional
Education:Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba in Political Science and Management
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?I have knocked on every door in Fort Richmond, and it is clear that healthcare is the number one concern for many community members. I plan to address the concerns raised by my neighbours by advocating for investments in new technology within the healthcare system. Manitoba is behind in comparison to many provinces within Canada; by investing in more advanced technology we can reduce wait times to see specialists and improve overall efficiency. Furthermore, I will advocate to bring back the Life Saving Drugs Program to alleviate the financial burden faced by many families and seniors when the Pallister government reduced coverage for equipment and prescriptions. Finally, I would ensure that our healthcare workers on the frontlines have a say in any changes to our healthcare system.
Why did you decide to run for office?I decided to run as a result of the changes I was seeing to the education system. I saw education become more expensive, with less investment from the Pallister government. In addition, supports for students were cut, including ACCESS Programs. There were also cuts to the incentives which kept students in Manitoba after graduation from post-secondary. With the K-12 review underway, I worry about what is coming down the pipe next. In my opinion, investing in education is one of the best investments for our future.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.Celebrating and supporting all things Manitoba, starting with our local businesses! Also, investments in Manitoba's infrastructure to ensure we enjoy the next 150 years!
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I am working towards a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the I.H. Asper School of Business.
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