Questions Asked of Candidates
1. How have disability issues affected you and your family?
2. What do you see as being the greatest accessibility challenges within your constituency and what will you do to address these challenges?
Manitoba Liberal Party Candidate - Billy Moore
No response received
New Democratic Party Candidate - Linda Ross
Answer 1: Accessibility is an important topic for all Manitobans. It is also a topic that resonates with me personally for many reasons.
I have a cousin who lives with an intellectually disability. Over the years, our family has supported her and helped her address issues of education and employment. And following the death of her mother, we helped her find an appropriate place for her to call home.
My sisters and I also helped our parents address their needs as they aged, including the need for home care and the search for a personal care home that provided adequate and “caring” care. Professionally, I have worked with children on the autism spectrum in educational settings, as well as with adults with intellectual challenges in both residential and employment settings. I have seen how difficult supporting these individuals can be for families and I am grateful that in Manitoba we haven’t seen the drastic cuts to autism supports that other provinces have.
Answer 2: The concerns that I hear most frequently centre on the need for increased spaces in personal care homes and the reduction of wait times for services. There is still work to do, but I am proud of the progress the NDP made to date, which includes:
- Building more Personal Care Homes, ACCESS Centres and Quick Care Clinics.
- Seeing a net increase in doctors in the province.
- Providing $154 million in funding to schools to support children with special needs, including autism, an increase of 52%.
- Investing in the St. Amant Centre, pre-school, and school year programs, concentrating support into early intervention where it has the most success, while extending services in school up to the age of 21. The NDP reduced wait times from up to 2 years to 8 months. But we know this is still too long and I will work working hard on implementing the plan to reduce it further.
The NDP has been addressing these concerns, and I will advocate for continued progress in these areas. Assisting Manitobans with disabilities requires a multi-faceted approach, including home care, accessibility, education, housing, health care and poverty reduction. What sets the NDP apart from the other parties is that supporting social services and access to health care reflects the core value system of the NDP. We have always been committed to these programs and we will continue to build and improve those programs in the future.
Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba Candidate - Reg Helwer
No response received