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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 GPM
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 GPM
The Pallister government plans to eliminate the deficit by 2022. Should balancing the books be a priority?
Not importantPC GPM
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 GPM
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 GPM
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 GPM
I would rather have more money in my pocket through tax cuts than have the provincial government increase spending on public services.
Strongly agreePC GPM
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 GPM
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 GPM
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: I have served as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Morden-Winkler since 2011; appointed to executive council first as Minister of Finance in 2016, and in 2018 as Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living.
Education:I hold music and education degrees from CMBC, UBC and U of M.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Growth. The steady population increase in Morden-Winkler is due to business growth, a burgeoning manufacturing sector, and local immigration initiatives. These put pressure on infrastructure. Our needs are roads, schools, affordable housing, health-care capacity and appropriate spaces for seniors. Our government takes an evidence-based approach to decision-making, so I am confident that priorities will be addressed as our PC government continues to make good investments.
Why did you decide to run for office?When I was 10, my dad took me along on one of his many meetings at the Legislature with the then-MLA. I looked up at the magnificent Legislative Building and I decided then and there that I would work in that place someday. Growing up, my parents modeled generosity, volunteerism, and giving back. My father served on town council and was Mayor of Morden for three terms. It is an honour to serve my neighbours. I believe good policy makes good politics. Like many others, I had some mix of desire, skill and experience, but also the courage to try when the opportunity arose. That was 2011. Eight years later, I am energized to go to work every day to represent Morden—Winkler in the Manitoba Legislature.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.Manitoba is an amazing province with amazing people, and we should definitely be thinking about finding ways to celebrate its history-makers, and movers and shakers.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I have my ARCT (Associate of The Royal Conservatory of Music) in Piano Performance.
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Profession: Middle School Teacher
Education:B.Mus, B.Ed from Brandon University
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Morden and Winkler are two of the fastest growing places in the province. Rapid growth can lead to underfunded public services simply because our current system does not offer much mid-year flexibility. Empowering municipal leaders through a review of The Municipal Act will help our municipalities and RMs more readily respond to their own local needs. Further, local workers need to be empowered to advocate for the changes needed in their work places in order to make public services sustainable. Repealing Bill-28 will allow for public employees to more easily advocate for their needs. The highest level of flexibility in any economy comes through empowering citizens directly. We will empower citizens through a universal basic income program that will allow them to make the choices that they need to be successful. Combining local choice with a price on carbon will allow our economy to be healthy and for Morden and Winkler's growth to be flexible and sustainable.
Why did you decide to run for office?I want to help Manitoba develop a government that meaningfully collaborates with its citizens in order to make our province the best it can be. The best way to do this is by putting yourself out there and being the change you want to see.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.Offer regions one-time infrastructure and/or cultural grants to develop local projects to mark the occasion. Further, make the Civic Holiday in August a statutory holiday.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.My wife and I celebrated our daughter's first birthday during this provincial campaign, which might not be surprising but has certainly been adorable.
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