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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 GPM
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 GPM
The Pallister government plans to eliminate the deficit by 2022. Should balancing the books be a priority?
Not importantPC GPM
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 GPM
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 GPM
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 GPM
I would rather have more money in my pocket through tax cuts than have the provincial government increase spending on public services.
Strongly agreePC GPM
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 GPM
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 GPM
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: Registered Urban Planner Small business owner - run my own urban planning consulting firm for last 6 years. I provide professional urban planning services to municipalities, First Nations and business owners/developers.
Education:Masters City Planning BA Political Studies
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?The biggest issue I am hearing about at the doors is safety in our community. People are very concerned about their own personal safety and property and often attribute their concerns to the meth crisis gripping our city. The PC Safer Streets, Safer Lives Action Plan will include a multi prong approach to this very serious issue including: Education/Treatment/Enforcement Key to this plan is the establishment of an acute medical sobering unit staffed with mental health professionals that will treat between 20 to 30 patients at a time. Expanded emergency department with dedicated rooms for suffering from meth psychosis and other addictions issues. And finally, extensive enforcement actions including: •Support for Winnipeg Police Service tactical enforcement to crack down on drug crime; •Invest in joint forces operations between the RCMP and municipal police services to target drug dealers; •Invest in roadway drug interdiction efforts to combat the supply of illicit drugs into Manitoba; •Establish a centralized criminal intelligence database within the Department of Justice; •Hire more investigators with the Public Safety Investigations Unit to get drug dealers on the run from rental property; •Launch a Crime Stoppers ad blitz and provide more cash for drug tips; •Support community-based crime prevention programs to get at-risk people the support they need; •Expand civil forfeiture to make it easier to turn seized cash and assets from criminals into resources for police;
Why did you decide to run for office?I believe that we are at a cross roads in our community, City and Province. I want to be a part of moving Manitoba forward. We need to work together to realize a return on investment in our older communities of St James and theWest End. We must bring investment to our communities. I believe we can create the best community, city and province without breaking the bank. I believe I have the skills and experience to make a difference.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.Manitoba 150 is a huge opportunity to touch base with communities through '150 Conversations'. This idea would be a community engagement blitz to encourage residents of all ages to talk about what they like about their communities, what they would like to see changed and ideas on how to realize changes.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I'm the proud Dog Mom to two rescued Pugs. I am passionate about animals and strongly believe in all efforts in our City to support animals in need.
Profession: Assistive Technologist, Student Accessibility Services, University of Manitoba
Education:Bachelor of Arts (English, Geography), Assistive Technology Certificate.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?St. James is an aging area and many people are worried about crime and health care. The Green Party has a plan to deal with these issues at their route, by implementing a meaningful poverty reduction strategy we will see many issues of crime and addictions reduced by dealing with poverty and properly supporting those with mental illness, ultimately reducing the burden on the healthcare system and encouraging people to be happy, healthy, productive members of society for longer.
Why did you decide to run for office?When I came back from COP21 I knew something needed to be done about the climate crisis we are currently in. There is much that can be done on a grass-routes level, but we also need to see meaningful action come from the top-down. I knew had a whole lot of experiences that most people won’t ever get and I have had the opportunity to work on very high-level policy within the UN structure, so I thought politics was a great way to share my experiences with my neighbours and to make positive change in the community that I love.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.Having the province commit to a major carbon reduction strategy would be a great way to celebrate Manitoba’s 150th.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I sing in the Riel Gentlemen’s Choir, a local choir that sings about nature and our role within it. We sing at many community events such as Festival Du Voyageur and Nuit Blanche, and I am also the chair of the board and our back-up conductor.
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