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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: Former local business owner in Transcona owning the local IGA store and for the past 3 ½ years MLA for Transcona.
Education:Graduated from Murdoch MacKay Collegiate, attended University of Winnipeg.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Access to better healthcare, sooner, which is why as the MLA for Transcona I was able to work with our government to ensure that Concordia Hospital became a 24/7 urgent care facility. To address this moving forward, I am proud to say that our PC team has committed to investing an additional $2 billion in healthcare which includes hiring 200 more nurses.
Why did you decide to run for office?I was tired of the NDP's financial mismanagement of increasing taxes with increasing deficits, which hurt our ability to improve services now and in the future. I am running for re-election because I want to continue working for the residents of Transcona to make a positive difference in the Manitoba Legislature.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.Invite 150 people to your house for a party, or perhaps have a 150 themed goal giving back to the community. This could include donating a quantity of 150 items to any local charity or non-profit organization in your community.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.One heck of dancer, or is it singer. I have performed Ukrainian dance for Queen Elizabeth and Pope John Paul II, as well as shared the stage with Rich Little, Jim Carrey and Honeymoon Suite.
Profession: RETIRED TEACHER/ SCHOOL PRINCIPAL IN RIVER EAST TRANSCONA SCHOOL DIVISION.
Education:HIGH SCHOOL- TRANSCONA COLLEGIATE, B.ED U OF WINNIPEG, 1986, BA, U OF WINNIPEG, 1989, UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA POST-BACCELAUREATE CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION, 1998
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?THE CLOSING OF THE CONCORDIA ER IS THE BIGGEST ISSUE FACING OUR COMMUNITY. WE WOULD ADDRESS IT BY RE-OPENING THE ER AT CONCORDIA HOSPITAL WHEN IT MAKES SENSE TO DO SO, ENSURING THAT WE INVOLVE ALL STAKEHOLDERS IN THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS.
Why did you decide to run for office?TRANSCONA NEEDS A COMMUNITY ADVOCATE AND STRONG VOICE IN OUR LEGISLATURE TO ENSURE OUR VOICE IS HEARD AND THAT OUR COMMUNITY ISSUES ARE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.WE CAN MARK OUR 150TH BY CELEBRATING OUR INDIGENOUS ROOTS AND RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS THAT NEW CANADIANS HAVE MADE TO OUTR PROVINCE.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I LOVE ELVIS PRESLEY AND I CAN DO A PRETTY GOOD ELVIS IMITATION.
Profession: Creative Director of Video for Chagemakers in Winnipeg.
Education:ChangeMakers: Associate Creative Director – 2019-Current ChangeMakers: Senior Graphic Designer / Videographer – 2012 - 2019 Room Service: Event Coordinator – 2016 -Current OutWords: Creative Director – 2011- 2015 Centre For Child Protection: Graphic Designer – 2012 Price Industries: Graphic Designer – 2010 - 2012 City of Winnipeg - Life guard instructor - 2002 - 2012
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?The biggest issue facing our community is the meth crisis. We must invest in education, prevention and treatment to ensure we are curbing this epidemic. The Manitoba Liberals have put forward the only seamless plan to deal with this crisis province-wide.
Why did you decide to run for office?I can’t sit on the sidelines while our healthcare system, education system and environment are all seeing such deep cuts and handled without any care or thought for the future.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.I think the best way to celebrate Manitoba next year is to plant trees and plants that are native to Manitoba. This land has given us so much we need to give back if we want the future of Manitoba and our environment to thrive.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.Im a huge X-men comic book fan. It was essentially my introduction into politics with a superhero spin as many of the ideas presented in the comics are still relevant today.