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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
How much control should the provincial government have over the operations of Crown corporations like Manitoba Public Insurance and Manitoba Hydro?
Not much say
The Pallister government plans to eliminate the deficit by 2022. Should balancing the books be a priority?
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
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
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?
I would rather have more money in my pocket through tax cuts than have the provincial government increase spending on public services.
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?
How much do you consider a candidate’s personal history - before they entered politics - when deciding who to vote for?
Not at all
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: Prior to entering politics, my wife and I are the former owners and operators of Selkirk Veterinary Services, and current partners in various hospitality related ventures.
Education:Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (University of Manitoba) Master of Business Administration (University of Saskatchewan) Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (University of Saskatchewan)
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?While there are numerous challenges in our region, major issues both historically and currently, relate to questions surrounding economic growth, community safety and environmental sustainability. In collaboration with our federal and municipal partners – I hope to address these issues alongside my PC team as we continue moving Manitoba forward.
Why did you decide to run for office?Prior to 2016, we had recent additions to our family, and at the time I shared a great deal of concern with what direction our province was pursing, and what that meant for the future for our children, grandchildren and our province. I am also very passionate about my community and Manitoba. Manitoba and all Manitobans have so much untapped potential, we cannot afford to go backwards to higher taxes, broken promises and failed results. Additionally, I saw an opportunity to join a very diversified PC team, who I felt confident could make the tough decisions in fixing our finances, repairing our services and rebuilding our economy. We have kept our word to Manitobans and we are ready to continue moving Manitoba forward.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.I encourage all Manitobans and visitors to our province to attend one of our many agricultural fairs and exhibitions. As a former volunteer for the Triple S Fair & Rodeo (Selkirk, St. Andrews & St. Clements), it is a great opportunity to engage with your family, friends and community while also celebrating the region’s agricultural heritage.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.Through my ancestry, I have extended linage to Louis Riel, founder of the province of Manitoba
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