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
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
The Pallister government plans to eliminate the deficit by 2022. Should balancing the books be a priority?
Not importantPC NDP
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
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
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 NDP
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
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
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
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: Educator for 35 years -- Last 3.5 years MLA
Education:Bachelor of Science Degree, Certification Education, Vocational Teaching Certificate
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Due to the demographics of this large riding it is difficult to pin-point any single specific issue to be representative of the entire riding.
Why did you decide to run for office?I decided to run for office because we have so much to offer in this Valley and across the Parkland Region. I feel there is so much untapped potential. Our government is going to work hard to promote tourism and economic development. Manitoba has a lot to offer and hard work leads to economic development, improved services and a better Manitoba.
Profession: Civil Servant working in Social Services as an Employment and Income Assistance Case Counsellor
Education:Bachelor of Arts degree Bachelor of Education degree
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Families tell me a quality public education system is key to helping children get the strongest start possible in life. We have to make real investments in education—by building classrooms, hiring teachers and recruiting EAs—so students can get the skills they need for the jobs of the future. The NDP has a plan to improve education. We recently announced our plan to cap class sizes in K-3 so that students can receive the individual attention they need from their teachers.
Why did you decide to run for office?Families in Swan River deserve a strong voice in the legislature to advocate for their needs. My experience as a teacher and the labour movements has given me a passion for advocacy and a desire to help improve people’s lives. Representing the NDP in the Manitoba election is another way that I can stand up for people, for their issues and be a voice to help my community.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.Partnering with Indigenous peoples as part of Manitoba’s commitment to Reconciliation
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