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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 was elected the MLA for Riel in 2016. I was appointed to cabinet first as Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage and then as Minister of Sustainable Development. I have remained the Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs and Status of Women throughout my time in Cabinet. Before entering public service, I enjoyed a diverse career as a journalist and writer.
Education:I earned a Red River College journalism diploma, a Bachelor of Arts in Communications at the University of Winnipeg and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Riel is a diverse community. As MLA, I am always available for my constituents to listen to any concerns and answer any questions.
Why did you decide to run for office?As a young single mother, I worked hard to provide a good life for my two sons. I decided to run for office to be able to help others get ahead in life. As MLA for Riel, I will continue working hard to build a stronger Manitoba that will create greater opportunity and give our young people a better future right here at home.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.Every year my community celebrates Canada Day with a local BBQ at Van Hull Park. It is a great event that brings the whole neighborhood together. I think that local events like this are a great way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary as these events bring together individuals of all backgrounds and ages. Our multiculturalism and inclusivity is a characteristic of Canada that we should all be proud of. I am looking forward to celebrating with my community next year!
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I hike the Mantario Trail once a year with my son Tyler. I love exploring our beautiful province!
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Profession: I have been a teacher for 16 years, with my last 3 years of teaching being at Glenlawn Collegiate. I currently teach English, History, Geography and Global Issues and serve on the Leadership Team.
Education:I hold a Master of Arts in Political Studies degree from the University of Manitoba, along with a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Physical Education.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?The single biggest issue facing our community has been the changes to health care and how they are negatively affecting many constituents. I have heard countless stories on the doorstep from patients, family members, nurses and other health care professionals how the changes Brian Pallister's government made to health care has made their lives harder. I would like to be part of the solution to the chaos in health care by bringing a common-sense approach to such an important issue including: re-opening two ER's, hiring more nurses, improving mental health services, addressing the meth crisis and making strategic investments like re-instituting funding for physiotherapy after surgery.
Why did you decide to run for office?I was inspired to run for office by my kids, Landon and Nyah and a desire to work to make our province a better place. As a teacher and community member, I see many families struggling and over the past 3 years the Conservative government has been making cuts that have had a negative effect. I would like to fight for everyday Manitobans and make their lives a little bit easier.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.I think the best thing the province could do to mark the 150th Anniversary would be to reverse the cutbacks to health care services and education programs that Manitobans have been facing over the last number of years. I am sure quality health care and education would be a great birthday present Manitobans would appreciate.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.Something voters might find surprising is that last year I began competing in Taekwondo tournaments in the Ultra age division (i.e. old) and it was a lot of fun (mostly). I managed to win a few medals in both the sparring and patterns categories after being roped into it by my son.
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