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
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
The Pallister government plans to eliminate the deficit by 2022. Should balancing the books be a priority?
Not importantPC NDP
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
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
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 NDP
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
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
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
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 Interlake Former Financial Advisor
Education:Canadian Institute of Bankers – Financial Advisor
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?The biggest issue facing my community is families struggling to make ends meet. The PC team believes in tax relief to put more money back on the kitchen tables of hard-working Manitobans.
Why did you decide to run for office?In my former career as a financial advisor I saw too many Manitobans that were not in ideal financial situations. The NDP government raised taxes 15 times in 14 years. This made it impossible for people to get ahead. I decided to run for office to make life more affordable for all Manitobans.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.I encourage everyone to get out to as many Manitoba 150 events as possible.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.As a previous career I was an underground miner for 15 years. I have worked all across Western Canada and as far away as Indonesia.
Profession: I am a registered social worker in Manitoba. At present, I am a clinical therapist. I opened a private counselling and therapy practice called Lean In Counselling & Consulting Inc. in Gimli in April, 2018.
Education:I have graduated from 4 Canadian universities. Bachelor of Arts from University of Winnipeg Diploma of French Studies from Universite Laval Bachelor of Social Work from University of Manitoba Masters of Social Work from Dalhousie University
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Healthcare. We will improve healthcare by being invested and engaged in the relationships we have with the front line staff and from the experiences of patients and families who use the healthcare system. The healthcare system will function at its best when we make changes based on our everyday realities and expertise from the people who do the work.
Why did you decide to run for office?As a social worker, my mandate is to improve the quality of life for the people around me. I have spent the past 10 years working on the front lines of healthcare and have spent many hours advocating for individuals and families in their greatest times of need and to advance the interests of people who are under-served. As MLA, I will continue to fulfill this exact same mandate, but on a larger scale and make progressive change, for all of us.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.I look forward to celebrating Manitoba as a province which celebrates all of us. Wouldn't it be great if there were cultural celebrations in each of our constituencies?
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.Before I had children, I went skydiving, twice!
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