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: Financial Planning Software Development
Education:Bachelor of Computer Science (1st class honours) from the University of Manitoba
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Concern for the future. People I talk to want to know that our future and the future of the next generation is secure. They want to know that our health care system will still be there and will be working well. They want the next generation including my own children to be able to get the education they need and find a job right here in this province. They want to be able to enjoy life. That means I need to work hard as their MLA and be part of a team that will make life more affordable for Manitobans, grow the economy and work to ensure that the services Manitobans depend on will be there today and in the future.
Why did you decide to run for office?I have tried to live my entire life in the service of others. I think effective leaders create successful teams by serving them and creating an environment that helps them flourish. I have served as an elder and a deacon in my church and on the boards of a variety of charities and other local and national organizations. I wanted to be able to ensure my own children receive a good education that reflects our values and be confident that they will have opportunities to get a great job right here in Manitoba. I wanted to see my parents retire comfortably and have access to good health care as they aged. I wanted to see the needs of the homeless addressed. I wanted children throughout our province to be able to experience the love of a forever family. It frustrated me to see taxpayer's money squandered through wasteful government spending. I believe we need people with good minds and good hearts in our government and the civil service. People who are willing to give what they can to make life better for all Manitobans. That's what I try to do each and every day.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.Free admittance to all provincial parks throughout 2020!
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I play piano and pipe organ and direct a small choir.
Profession: I am a Mechanical Engineering Technologist and I currently work for an HVAC manufacturing company. My work experience has included technical sales, design engineering, application engineering, technical writing, and marketing.
Education:I graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Red River College.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?The number one issue I hear about over and over again at doorsteps is healthcare. The closure of the Concordia Hospital ER has had a direct impact on the local community, along with the long wait times for knee and hip replacements. I think it's important to streamline the administration and bureaucracy in the current health system so that we can allow hospitals to make their own decisions on issues like the reopening of emergency rooms. The professionals in the health care industry absolutely need to be heard in order to make the Health Care system work well for the patients they serve. I also believe that switching to a patient-based model for hip and knee replacement surgeries, as opposed to the current block funding model, will allow for the completion of more procedures and shorter wait times. British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario have implemented this funding model, which resulted in much shorter wait times for joint replacement surgeries.
Why did you decide to run for office?I want to give a voice to people who need to be heard, and who want to be represented by someone who looks like them, who has lived and worked in a community like their own. I am a working class mother who lives in a 1970s bungalow in Valley Gardens. I don't have a vacation home or a bulging bank account. But I do have a strong voice, and a wealth of experience and connections in the community to back up that voice. I want a strong Legislature full of experienced people that also look and live like the people they represent.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I was an Air Cadet when I was a teenager and I learned to fly when I was 16. That was many, many years ago, so I don't think I can call myself a pilot any more, but I still look at big blue skies with a longing to soar again.
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