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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 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: I published Community Newspapers for over 40 years. I am currently involved in various business entities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?If elected, I will work to insure rural Manitobans have access to stable primary health care close to home, emergency rooms and specialists when required. Better Health Care, Sooner. We have tackled a huge infrastructure deficit by working on highways and bridges, but I know there is much more to be done - including the rebuilding of the bridge on PR 257 near Virden. Consistent spending each year insures we get the best value for money. A re-elected PC government will add $50 million to the $350 million we already spend on a yearly basis. Cellular service is certainly one issue that keeps coming up in conversations with residents and municipal officials. Cell phones are not just convenient - they insure the safety of citizens in life-threatening and emergency situations. Bell-MTS promised $1 billion in upgrades over five years in Manitoba when they merged, and I look forward to upgrades in the Riding Mountain constituency. If re-elected, I will continue to lobby our cellular providers to improve service in the Riding Mountain constituency.
Why did you decide to run for office?I am humbly asking for the support of the citizens of the Riding Mountain constituency for a second term as part of the Progressive Conservative Team as I know there is much more work to be done. I pride myself on listening to concerns, taking action where appropriate, and getting back to the people with answers to their issues. I have an outgoing personality, with the ability to use common sense to arrive at solutions to problems or issues.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.All Manitobans need to feel involved so I believe all communities across the province need to be encouraged to celebrate our 150th birthday in a way they feel is appropriate to their area. We need to be proud of our province and what we have accomplished to date, but also look forward to the future with optimism.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I am pretty much an open book so there isn't much that voters don't know about me. However, one thing that people might find funny is that I am deathly afraid of birds.
Profession: I have been employed in Virden as a paramedic for the past 23 years. Prior to that I owned and operated a restaurant in Virden
Education:While operating my restaurant, I attended night and weekend classes at Brandon Fire College.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Rural Manitoba has challenges that are different from Winnipeg. The rural population density has been shrinking compared to the city. Government needs to be a part of rural development to help reverse this trend. As well, the current government has made decisions which hurt our rural businesses. One example would be the decision to stop getting local pharmacies to fill prescriptions for residents of personal care homes and get them filled from Ontario. This hurt small local businesses throughout the province and sent our tax dollars out of province.
Why did you decide to run for office?The last three years have seen the Pallister government cut healthcare and education programs. If they are elected for another term, there will be more devastating changes and cuts. Until this election period the meth crisis has been completely ignored by Brian Pallister.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.Let's make Manitoba stronger with improved healthcare and education throughout the province. This would be a lasting legacy for years to come.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I've been collecting comic books for 40 years.
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