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 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 LIB GPM
The Pallister government plans to eliminate the deficit by 2022. Should balancing the books be a priority?
Not importantPC LIB 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 LIB 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 LIB GPM
How important is it for the provincial government to take steps to address climate change?
UnnecessaryPC LIB GPM
Will a carbon tax influence consumer behaviour, such as encouraging people to drive less or make their homes more efficient?
Definitely willPC LIB 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 LIB 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 LIB 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 LIB 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.
No response given
Profession: I’ve been the MLA for Steinbach for 16 years. Prior to that, I worked for a property management company.
Education:After graduating High School in Steinbach, I attended the University of Manitoba and graduated with degrees in Economics, Commerce and Law.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?The City of Steinbach and the portions of the Rural Municipality of Hanover that I represent have experienced tremendous growth over the past decade. While that is positive, it does put pressure on services and infrastructure. I have advocated for the needs of the region in the past and will do so if re-elected. New personal care home beds are to begin construction this fall and a new K-4 school has been committed to as well.
Why did you decide to run for office?My decision to enter politics and to continue to stand for re-election is a family decision. As a family, we believe that we can help to improve our communities and province while still being able to maintain the family connections that are important to us.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.Every Manitoban should make an effort to visit one place they have never been before in Manitoba. For myself, I would like to visit Churchill.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I am a huge Phil Collins and fan. Being a child of the 1980s, he was my favorite singer. Last year I travelled to the United States and finally saw him in concert for the first time. It was amazing.
Profession: Rehabilitation Counselor
Education:Advanced BA Psychology, University of Manitoba. Currently enrolled in a Rehabilitation Certificate program in preparation of a Masters degree through the University of Maryland Eastern Shores
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Crime and thefts have become an increasing issue. The Manitoba Liberals would create a provincial police force to help address it. But addressing the results do not address the cause, and the Liberal strategy for increased mental health supports and addictions supports would also help in curtaining crime.
Why did you decide to run for office?As a front line worker, I am very familiar with the challenges modern society presents, and how instrumental the social services are to Manitobans who are living through those challenges. While I have been able to effect changes individually for people as a front line worker, I believe that I can effect greater change working from the Legislature.
Profession: Resilient Agricultural consultant, business owner of 30 years- Creative Health Consulting- Organic Options for Healthy Farms: Crop, Livestock and Processing Inspection.
Education:26 years of Continuing Education with the International Organic Inspectors Association; Psychology and English BA work, 1976 University of Winnipeg, 4 years of Human Ecology studies 1985, University of Manitoba; grand parents who taught me how to see what I am looking at in gardens and fields, livestock and production systems, and how good food should taste.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Helping agriculture and industry create employment and quality of life, in our transition to more resilient production methods. This will also have positive impacts on health and our healthcare system, our soil and water ecology, creating more small business supports and family farm supports and encouraging creative expression.
Why did you decide to run for office?I choose a life of service, to give back locally for the wonderful career I have had internationally. Increasing Steinbach voter engagement, especially youth engagement in our democratic process is very important to me. We need to listen to one another, to plan together, to challenge each other with compassion. Too many youth feel disenfranchised and are not engaged citizens, feeling distaste for divisive politics which is leading to voter apathy. Greens are bridge builders as we are not left, not right but forward!
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.My father supported our family as a singer and actor who entertained Canadian troops in Egypt in 1966 and 67. This introduced our family to the diversity of cultures and religions in the world and laid the foundation for respecting diversity.