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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
How much control should the provincial government have over the operations of Crown corporations like Manitoba Public Insurance and Manitoba Hydro?
Not much say
The Pallister government plans to eliminate the deficit by 2022. Should balancing the books be a priority?
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 muchGPM
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 ideaGPM
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?
I would rather have more money in my pocket through tax cuts than have the provincial government increase spending on public services.
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?
How much do you consider a candidate’s personal history - before they entered politics - when deciding who to vote for?
Not at all
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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Profession: Medical research
Education:Master of Science in Clinical Psychology
What is the biggest issue facing your community, and how would you address it?Our mental healthcare and addiction services in Manitoba are very inadequate. I will fight for the promotion of easy access to effective mental health supports and addiction services, including enhancing integration with primary care. More broadly, I will improve the healthcare system as a whole by respecting the collective bargaining rights of frontline workers, increasing our focus on preventative medicine, and implementing a universal pharmacare program. Naturally, as a member of the Green Party of Manitoba, environmental issues will always be a priority for me. I intend on introducing a provincial carbon pollution fee and using the revenue this generates to fund programs that would transition Manitoba to green energy, transportation, and agricultural practices. Such programs would help us sustain our environment and provide employment for the tradespeople, researchers, engineers, and technicians who would build, improve, and maintain such systems.
Why did you decide to run for office?I was generally dissatisfied with the tone and priorities of the current legislative assembly. As an environmentalist I believe that the action being proposed to address climate change by Manitoba’s other political parties is woefully inadequate. As a person who works closely with the medical profession I’ve seen the recent changes to the healthcare system stress our society while offering little benefit in return. Although my background is in psychology and medical research, I was moved into political action by the shortcomings of our current and past provincial governments.
Manitoba is marking its 150th anniversary next year. Suggest one way we can make it a memorable occasion.We have absolutely beautiful parks in Winnipeg and all over Manitoba. When I visit Fort Whyte, Birds Hill Park, and the Living Prairie Museum and I am always overcome by the natural beauty of our province. As such, I believe providing funding for ecologically-themed celebrations and educational events would help share this beauty with the world and inspire our younger generations to be responsible stewards of our precious environment.
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