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 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 LIB NDP
The Pallister government plans to eliminate the deficit by 2022. Should balancing the books be a priority?
Not importantPC LIB 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 LIB 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 LIB NDP
How important is it for the provincial government to take steps to address climate change?
UnnecessaryPC LIB NDP
Will a carbon tax influence consumer behaviour, such as encouraging people to drive less or make their homes more efficient?
Definitely willPC LIB 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 LIB 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 LIB 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 LIB 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: In 2016, I was honoured to be elected as the MLA for River East, and I was thrilled to be appointed to executive council, first as Minister of Sustainable Development and then as Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage. Prior to entering public office, I had a lengthy career in finance as well as the federal public service. I also had the unique opportunity to serve as the Special Assistant to the Minister of Families, longtime River East MLA Bonnie Mitchelson.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Affordability and child care are important to many families in Kildonan-River East. Our PC team will make life more affordable for Manitobans with our $2020 Tax Rollback Guarantee. As a strong voice for our community, I will also advocate for additional child care spaces in Kildonan-River East.
Why did you decide to run for office?I care deeply about our community! I’m a firm believer in volunteering and community involvement. From coaching to fundraising and everything in between, I spent nearly 30 years volunteering at Gateway Rec Centre as my sons were growing up. I also volunteered at their school. I continue to be a gold heart canvasser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. I would be honoured to continue serving our community as your MLA, making Manitoba an even better place for my family and yours.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.As Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage, I had the honour of overseeing the planning launch for the Manitoba 150 celebrations. I look forward to seeing what the work of the not-for-profit Manitoba 150 Inc., has in store to mark this major milestone! We have so much to celebrate in Manitoba and I'm looking forward to all of us commemorating the occasion, together!
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.This will not come as a surprise to my family and friends, but I would like to share with readers how much I love hosting big family dinners! I'm so fortunate that my Baba passed down her Ukrainian recipes, so every Thanksgiving and Christmas, I look forward to pinching perogies and making cabbage rolls for everyone to enjoy.
Profession: I am a Nurse Practitioner and have worked as an NP in rural and urban settings, most currently as a casual NP in IERHA. As an RN, I have worked in a variety of clinical areas, including Emergency and ICU; and since 2008, have been teaching Nursing at Red River College.
Education:I graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Manitoba in 2002 and a Master of Nursing:Nurse Practitioner from Athabasca University in 2015.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?The biggest issue I have heard from the residents of Kildonan-River East, is the cuts to health care. Specifically, the closure of the only 2 ERs in north Winnipeg. I would address this by advocating for the reopening of at least one ER in north Winnipeg, possibly both if that is what the communities require. Furthermore, we need to address the the challenges that are contributing to the increased wait times and health care spending. For example, ERs get backlogged because of a lack of beds on the wards, increasing the amount of long term care beds would help alleviate this. Having more primary care providers, such as Nurse Practitioners,to prevent people from misusing the ERs would also help. Health care needs to be available when and where we need it. Lastly, reducing bureaucracy, overtime (by lifting the hiring freeze) and use of agency nurses will decrease costs.
Why did you decide to run for office?My Dad always told me "if you are unhappy with something, do something about it". I have been very unhappy with direction that Manitoba has been heading for some time. However, recently, I have personally been affected by the reckless cuts to health care, resulting in the untimely passing of my Dad. My NP career has been jeopardized due to the cutting of positions. I'm worried that education will be next on the chopping block and I do not want my children's education to suffer. Government can do better and I want to be able to make a difference for not only the residents of Kildonan-River East but for all Manitobans.
Profession: I am currently the Vice-Principal at Edmund Partridge Community School in Winnipeg. Before Edmund Partridge Community School, I was a science and mathematics teacher at West Kildonan Collegiate. Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked with Fisheries and Oceans Canada as a freshwater fisheries biologist. I focused specifically on species at risk and invasive species within Manitoba and the Prairies.
Education:I have a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Manitoba, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba, and am currently working on my Master of Education at the University of Manitoba.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?The biggest issues facing our community are health care and education. I have been fighting hard to keep Seven Oaks and Concordia ERs open, and have seen firsthand the detrimental effects their closures have had on people in our community. The two other things I will stand up for are accessibility for all and the environment.
Why did you decide to run for office?As a teacher, I always challenged my students to stand up for what they believe in. Over the last three years, I have been disappointed with decisions made by the Conservative government – closing the Concordia and Seven Oaks emergency rooms, as well as the recent education commission – and have seen the impacts that these choices have already made and will continue to make to my community for years to come. These issues encouraged me to stand up for what I believe in and run for the NDP in this election.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.Manitobans want a more affordable life. To me, that means, a province that allows everyone to enjoy its many wonderful sights and sounds and one that has a functioning healthcare system that supports communities in northern Winnipeg. I am concerned about the Kildonan-River East community as it needs a strong voice in the Manitoba legislature. I will be that voice during the 150th anniversary of Manitoba
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I swam competitively growing up and throughout university, competing nationally and internationally. Amateur sport has always been a passion of mine and I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to coach football and basketball at various levels. I’ve also been involved with Bridge the Gap - a swimming program for students with disabilities and exceptionalities. This program provides students an opportunity to continue swimming after school is completed.