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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 ideaCPC-M 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 supervisionCPC-M NDP
The Pallister government plans to eliminate the deficit by 2022. Should balancing the books be a priority?
Not importantCPC-M 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 muchCPC-M 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 ideaCPC-M 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 willCPC-M NDP
I would rather have more money in my pocket through tax cuts than have the provincial government increase spending on public services.
Strongly agreeCPC-M 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 controlCPC-M 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 lotCPC-M 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.
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Profession: retired Criminal Defence LAWYER
Education:BA; MA:; LLB
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Poverty is the biggest issue. Create jobs, raise wages and living standards; build affordable social housing; enact rent control legislation; fund public services and social programs; expand city transit and provincial transit and make it free. Enact progressive taxation based on ability to pay; double the corporate tax rage and eliminate taxes on incomes under $40,000; ensure women rights and gender equality, stop attacks on equality rights of 2SLGBTQ and Trans persons; put police under civilian control; expand Medicare to include pharmacare, dental, vision care, long term and mental health care, no privatization; fight for climate justice; recognize national rights of Indigenous Peoples; Franco-Manitobans; modernize the arcaic electoral system by enacting Mixed Member Proportional Representation (MMP), make every vote count.
Why did you decide to run for office?To make the communist vision of socialism a reality.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.By a just settlements of Indigenous land claims; implementing recommendations of Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.That I keep fighting for the Communist/Socialist vision in a repressive Capitalist system. I believe that Corporate Capitalism has evolved into a destructive stage & that humankind faces extinction if we don’t get rid of this system.
Profession: Before being elected in 2017 in a byelection, I was an educator in Seven Oaks School division and at Marymound School for over 20 years.
Education:Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?In Point Douglas many people are struggling with poverty. Social housing has been boarded up and safe, affordable housing is becoming more difficult for those who are struggling. Many seniors are on a fixed income and living in poverty; it’s disheartening to see those who have worked so hard for us suffering financially. Meth use has fuelled violence and crime in Point Douglas, and we’ve seen crime increase while police are overworked and understaffed. More harm reduction supports are needed, while Brian Pallister's cuts and inaction has only made the situation worse. Many children are still being apprehended due to poverty and this is a practice that needs to change. Families need supports in their homes to keep them together.
Why did you decide to run for office?I ran to be the MLA for Point Douglas to inspire others who came or found themselves stuck in poverty to aspire to be their best selves. I wanted to be the change we wish to see in the world and I truly believe that we all can make a difference.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.By building a better health care system that is accessible for all of us, especially in Point Douglas. That means focusing on prevention and listening to front line workers, while re-opening the emergency room at Seven Oaks Hospital.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I love spending time In the community and it fuels my energy. In my spare time, I enjoy four wheeling, snowmobiling and fishing, and spending time with my children and two grand daughters.