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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 GPM 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 GPM NDP
The Pallister government plans to eliminate the deficit by 2022. Should balancing the books be a priority?
Not importantPC GPM 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 GPM 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 GPM NDP
How important is it for the provincial government to take steps to address climate change?
UnnecessaryPC GPM NDP
Will a carbon tax influence consumer behaviour, such as encouraging people to drive less or make their homes more efficient?
Definitely willPC GPM 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 GPM 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 GPM 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 GPM 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.
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Education:Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario then completed my financial education at the Canadian Securities Institute.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?The health and safety of our families. We need to continue to fix the healthcare system to make it more efficient, and coordinate with law enforcement and community leaders to ensure safer neighbourhoods.
Why did you decide to run for office?I am passionate about my community and my province. Manitoba has so much to offer and I strive to make it a better place for everyone.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.I would like to see events held in multiple locations throughout Manitoba to allow communities to come together to celebrate this historic year for our province.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.I can be very shy at times.
Profession: Kristin studied at the University of Manitoba, first completing her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and then obtaining an LL.B. from the Robson Hall Faculty of Law. Following law school Kristin moved to Toronto where she articled in a general practice law firm and was called to the Ontario Bar. Since then she has spent over two decades working in the non-profit sector to advance environmental, conservation and animal protection issues.
Education:Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Manitoba; LL.B University of Manitoba Faculty of Law
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Climate change and the devastation this is causing to our shared environment. We can address this by imposing a gradually increasing carbon tax from $50/tonne in 2020/21 to $150/tonne by 2030/31,and using this revenue to: (1) finance green infrastructure projects that make it easier for people to reduce their use of fossil fuels; and (2) rebate most of the revenue in the form of lower income taxes and a Basic Income.
Why did you decide to run for office?The Green Party asked me to run and I was proud to do so.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.It would be wonderful if we could celebrate both our past and our future, by committing to implementing one significant carbon reduction program, like a province-wide composting program.
Profession: I am a Registered Nurse (RN). Currently serving the patients and families of the Manitoba Renal Program, specifically in Hemodialysis at St. Boniface Hospital. My Nursing experience includes: Medicine, Palliative Care, Surgery, Day-Surgery/Pre-admission Clinic, Pediatrics, Labour & Delivery/Post-Partum, Public Health and Hemodialysis.
Education:I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan in 2006.
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?The biggest issue I see is the Healthcare system. It is part of every Manitoban’s basic needs. The Pallister Government has traumatized the Manitoba public with fast changes creating chaos and uncertainty. I believe Wab Knew and the Manitoba NDP can bring the leadership needed to make better choices for our Healthcare system.
Why did you decide to run for office?The Manitoba Healthcare system and the painful effects of the Pallister Government’s sweeping changes is what lit the fire in me to pick a side and offer to serve as a Manitoba NDP MLA in the Manitoba Government.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.I want the 150th Anniversary to be a celebration of what Manitoba has achieved and set the intent for the future. I want to see the Healthcare system functioning better and the growing belief of Manitobans that Wab Kinew and the NDP are leading the province in the right direction for all of us.
Tell us something about yourself that voters might find surprising.One of my absolute favourite activities is spending time at lakes in Manitoba with friends and family. Swimming, boating and/or just sitting by the water makes me happy. Add in an evening campfire and that ends a perfect day for me.
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