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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 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 NDP LIB
The Pallister government plans to eliminate the deficit by 2022. Should balancing the books be a priority?
Not importantPC NDP 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 NDP 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 NDP LIB
How important is it for the provincial government to take steps to address climate change?
UnnecessaryPC NDP LIB
Will a carbon tax influence consumer behaviour, such as encouraging people to drive less or make their homes more efficient?
Definitely willPC NDP 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 NDP 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 NDP 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 NDP 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: I am a retired supervisor with CP Rail and currently work as a bookkeeper for a consulting firm.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Affordability and public safety.
Profession: Before entering politics, I worked as Special Advisor on Indigenous Women’s Issues for the Indigenous Issues Committee of Cabinet of Manitoba. I’ve worked within the Indigenous political system as the Director of Justice for the Southern Chiefs Organization; as well as, for my home community of Sagkeeng First Nation as an Environmental Researcher and taught in the University of Manitoba’s Native Studies Department as an Sessional Instructor to name but a few. I have been honoured with a variety of awards including the YMCA’s Women of Distinction Award and the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. I’ve had the absolute privilege of sitting on many Boards across Canada, including, but not limited to, the Winnipeg Police Advisory Board, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, the Native Women’s Association of Canada, Onashowewin Inc., the RCMP “D” Commissioner’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee, the Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Chief of Police Aboriginal Advisory Board and the Law Enforcement Review Agency Steering Committee.
Education:I have a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from the University of Winnipeg in Environmental Studies and International Development and a Masters of Arts (M.A.) degree in Native Studies, Women’s Studies and Critical Theory from the University of Manitoba.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?By far, the most critical issues facing/concerning the constituents of St. Johns is healthcare (the closure of the Seven Oaks ER) and climate change. It has been heartbreaking hearing St. Johns constituents’ stories of family members navigating Pallister’s chaotic healthcare changes. One St. Johns resident told me a story of his sister who, while visiting their mother in the Victoria Hospital, had a stroke. Even though his sister was in a hospital when the stroke occurred, she was sent by transportation vehicle (not an ambulance)to the Health Science Centre. When she arrived she was turned away from HSC, so then transported to St. Boniface where she later died. It’s just one of the many heartbreaking stories that Pallister’s destruction and chaos have caused for St. Johns families.
Why did you decide to run for office?I ran in 2016 for public office because representation matters in our elected officials. It is critical our Legislatures across Canada look like the citizens they represent. I ran because I believe Legislatures across Canada, and more specifically, in Manitoba, must have more progressive, feminist women elected. This time around, I’m running to stand up against Brian Pallister’s health care cuts. I’m fighting to reopen the Seven Oaks ER so St. Johns families can get the emergency care they need, when they need it.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.Well, I don’t think it’s much of a secret...but I love baking! I also am a passionate advocate for the rights and protections of all animals. That’s why I’m a vegetarian (but I admit I really miss hamburgers!) I write poetry - not the lovey dovey kind.
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Profession: Entrepreneur, President and Principal Consultant of Options for Success Inc.
Education:Certificate of Management and Administration graduated from the University of Manitoba, Certified Institute of Management Designation Grade 12 diploma Winnipeg Adult Education Centre Yellow Belt in Deep Democracy, Facilitation Tools in working multi-stakeholders in collaborative action
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Rebuild our health care system -the poor management of the Health Care system and more specific Seven Oaks Hospital and personal care homes for seniors. Lack of daycare spaces for working families, and poor wages being paid to the daycare workers and early childhood educators; high turn ovr4 in the occupation leads to poor service delivery Getting provincial Essential Skills training programs to improve job opportunities and living standards in our community that link directly to Essential Skills for jobs in high demand occupations Keep our community green and safe vibrant community-driven solutions through innovation and starting new enterprises fostering entrepreneurship. provide a strong socially progressive and fiscally r4esponsib le voice for our community -as an Entrepreneur I understand the need to be fiscally responsible with taxpayers $$ and balance the social needs of our community
Why did you decide to run for office?It has made my family even more conscious of all the choices we make that will/can impact and or reduce our footprint in the environment. example: using brown paper bags to dispose of garbage looking at bio-degradable bags (bio within 2 years) versus the typical ones --and the cost is the same it just takes a bit more research and ordering in bulk. Going to the restaurant and taking bio container homes and when an owner wants to put my leftover in styro I say no thanks and I recommend they buy an alternative because otherwise, I will not come back -
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.In St Johns creating an event where families can plant trees and use art to commemorate the event - which would be free of pollutants such as fireworks. Lots and lots of bubbles for the children and community garden designate by youth and seniors as a mentorship program of sharing physical ability with knowledge of gardening and creating memorable moments.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.In 1984 I started a small children clothing shop on Leila. I had in 2000. of my own savings, my father give me 3,000. and I went to the bank with my business plan to borrow $5,000. I had been in Winnipeg for 11 years, and I had an idea with a strong plan to make it happen. When I went to the bak with my plan and my own investment - the bank Manager liked my business plan and was ready to land me the money as long as my husband signed the loan. Well, that didn't go over to well with me and me found allies that allowed me to be the independent sole entrepreneur that I had planned to be. As a result, I was asked to be the founding Public Relations Chair of the Women Business Owners of Manitoba, and in 2000-2003 I was the president of WBO. The will advocate as MLA of St Johns with the same determination, vision, and passion as I have done many times throughout my life.