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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 LIB IND
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 LIB IND
The Pallister government plans to eliminate the deficit by 2022. Should balancing the books be a priority?
Not importantPC LIB IND
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 LIB IND
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 LIB IND
How important is it for the provincial government to take steps to address climate change?
UnnecessaryPC LIB IND
Will a carbon tax influence consumer behaviour, such as encouraging people to drive less or make their homes more efficient?
Definitely willPC LIB IND
I would rather have more money in my pocket through tax cuts than have the provincial government increase spending on public services.
Strongly agreePC LIB IND
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 LIB IND
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 LIB IND
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.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Affordability for all is a concern. St. Vital has a diverse population and all groups have spoken to me about the struggles of making ends meet. Seniors are living longer, services need to be sustainable and affordable. We are going in the right direction, but we need to make sure the decisions we make are sustainable. I know my constituents appreciate the work we have done on this already and are looking forward to our new proposed ideas in our next term. Tax relief options that we are proposing has resonated well in my community.
Why did you decide to run for office?I had worked for the former City Councillor for St. Vital for many years and being able to find solutions and help the people in my community was very rewarding. Having lived and worked in St. Vital for over 25 years I felt I could make a difference helping others as their local advocate. Also, being a mother and a school trustee gave me first hand experience into our education system. Wanting to make education better for all of our children really matters to me and I thought this was a great opportunity to have a bigger voice at a different table. Our children deserve the best foundation we can provide them. If we give them strong starts they will be better equipped in their lives and this benefits us all.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.One way Manitobans can mark our 150th year is to get out there and celebrate our province. Take part in all the experiences and celebrations that are going to be offered. Make sure you share the experience with friends and family. We live in a beautiful province and travelling around visiting many locations will for sure be one way that will help make it memorable for the whole family.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I wear my heart on my sleeve and care deeply about the people in my community. I do my best to listen and hear what people tell me, try to find solutions or help where I can and it matters to me what people think and feel. I can't be an effective leader if I only hear the good. Taking St. Vital's voice to the legislature is something that I take very seriously and I am humbled that they have given me the opportunity to represent them.
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Profession: I have spent the last 25 years in the ICT industry. Working in N. America, S. America and Europe building business solutions for Private Enterprise, NGO’s, Government and Academia. Most recently I worked in the Department of Finance managing 20% of the Governments applications for the departments of Infrastructure, Sustainable Development and Indigenous Relations and Municipal Affairs.
Education:1992 Business Administration Diploma Red Deer College 1997 University of Manitoba Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) 2005 Masters Certificate Project Management University of Winnipeg and Schulich School of Business
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Health Care is a well talked about issue; however, St. Vital has some of the worst statistics in Winnipeg when it comes to economic opportunities. Poverty is the foundation for poor Health and Education and this is why for me Economic Development, is a very important issue this election. Many Maniotbans are addicted to Methamphetamine. A crises that exploded under the PC Government. Property crime in St. Vital has risen by 38% under the Pallister government and I believe a lot of this is related to poverty and the lack of economic opportunities for our youth. My focus in St. Vital would be working with the Manitoba Liberal Party to lift those out of poverty by providing more opportunities to attend post-secondary education and also find employment. We just released a policy for post-secondary students called Zero-Barriers, to make it easier for people to obtain a good education. Also if elected we will implement in St. Vital a Manitoba Works for Good program. Which will provide working opportunities for Manitobans who are on EIA and are trapped in a cycle of poverty.
Why did you decide to run for office?Out of sheer frustration. For a generation I have watched our Province remain a have not province. Guided by a two party political system that is more concerned with trying to prove each other wrong then actually listening to Manitobans. The NDP party had zero regard for fiscal responsibly and is directly responsible in creating an environment where a person like Brian Pallister could win 40 out of 57 seats. And now we are stuck with a Premier who does not lead. A Premier who cannot unite us but divides us and is more focused on his own ego than taking any responsibility for his own actions and decisions the last three years. I am running because I can’t leave the future of my family and this Province up to Wab Kinew or Brian Pallister. It’s time for a different type of leadership.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.By asking every Manitoban to sign a pledge to protect our Environment for the next 150 years.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.That I am probably the only athlete to miss a Vanier Cup (Dinos-88) and a NCAA National Championship (Huskies-91). It’s okay … I am over…it really….
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Age: Young enough to learn and old enough to be wise
Profession: Own small business in Winnipeg
Education:Bachelor of Arts - English, Political Science, British and Indian History Studied - Logics, Ethics and comparative study of religions, Heavy Duty Mechanics, Winnipeg Technical College
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?This community is faced with several issues but as this happen to be a provincial election hence perspective has to be a broader level. At present the way PC Govt. handled the health care sector. Voters are very disappointed with the closure of ERs and job cuts in this sector. Even PC loyalists are very vocal in their criticism on these issues. PC leadership is conspicuous for not able to stave off the criticism on this issue. Even the leadership debate turns out to be nothing but blame game. It turned out to be election ritual.
Why did you decide to run for office?Its a common practice amongst our elected representatives to not be visible and accessible to voters after they are elected. They only surface again when they wish to re-elected and again come knocking at door offer sweet promises. To obviate this I decided to run for this election myself. As I ran last time City Councillor from St. Vital, I thought it is good idea run for MLA from our St. Vital.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.There are several ideas that we can think but in my opinion, we should have a consensus by taking Manitobans on board and do what they like most to commemorate this occasion.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.: What voters might find surprising about me is that I happen to be an independent candidate (without any party affiliation, without any funding from any source and not even an army of volunteers like party candidate) running against the incumbent candidate who happened to be Minister in the PC Govt. And I do not have toe party line before raising of issues voters in my area. I guess voters realize that its time to consider candidate and not the party.