Arts & Life
Canstar Community News
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
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
The Pallister government plans to eliminate the deficit by 2022. Should balancing the books be a priority?
Not importantPC 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 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 LIB
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 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 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 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 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: Prior to moving to Canada, I worked as microbiologist in India. After relocating to Canada, I worked as microbiologist here for six years before I successfully obtained my real estate license. I’ve started working in partnership with my husband, Sukh, the founder and owner of RSB Homes Ltd.
Education:I hold a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Punjab University Chandigarh, a Master of Science in Microbiology from Guru Nanak University Amritsar, as well as a Bachelor of Education from Punjabi University in Patiala, India.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?I’ve met with a lot of young families and seniors in The Maples who are concerned about affordability. As a new mom, I understand firsthand the costs involved with raising a family. We all want to provide the best lives possible for our children. I’m excited about the PC party’s $2020 Tax Rollback, which will help make life more affordable for Manitoba families. I have also received questions about education. I was proud to join PC Leader Brian Pallister as he announced 20 new schools across Manitoba, including three new schools in the Seven Oaks School Division and the new K-5 school on Templeton Avenue that’s already underway.
Why did you decide to run for office?Two reasons - my passion for the community, and the birth of my daughter, which has inspired me to achieve more with no limits. I have always had passion in everything I do. When I had the opportunity to enter into politics and make a difference, I jumped at the chance!
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I was a little bit of a nerd in school. We had a choice to go into math or chemistry. I wasn’t good at math, so I ended up with a degree in biochemistry.
No response given
No response given
Profession: Correctional Officer with the Province of Manitoba for 10 years, Member of the Manitoba Corrections Crisis Negotiation Team
Education:Graduated Maples Collegiate 1999, attended University of Winnipeg with a focus on criminal justice studies
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?The biggest issue facing our community is the closure of the Seven Oaks Emergency Room. With the rapid population growth in our area combined with an aging population, the emergency room at the Seven Oaks provided invaluable care and peace of mind to our neighbors. The community feels there was no consultation with them, that they've been left behind and don't have a voice in these types of decisions. There are concerns that hospital wait times will grow and the increase distance required for emergency care may come with tragic consequences. My plan to address these concerns would be to start by consulting the subject matter experts, including health care professionals and affected residents, to determine the best course of action. I will support our nurses and health care professionals and advocate on their behalf for the increased resources and support required to continue to provide quality health care for Manitoba residents.
Why did you decide to run for office?I decided to run for office because I love my area and I feel that the past NDP and Conservative governments haven’t addressed the needs of our community. As someone who always lived here and is now raising a child in this community, I’m concerned about the current government’s upcoming education review, I’m concerned about the decisions being made about health care and I’m concerned about the recent increase in crime. As someone who’s complained in the past without taking any action, I couldn’t sit back and continue to see my area being neglected. I feel my communication skills and intimate knowledge of The Maples will make me an effective representative for my community.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.Manitoba wouldn't be anything without all of the unique individuals spread throughout it's lands. I would suggest having a gathering with as many Manitoba residents as we could get, at a location which serves as a reminder of our rich history. With lots of fireworks!
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.In junior high I was a break dancer.