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?

Candidate Responses

Green Party of Manitoba Candidate - Garrett Bodnaryk

No response received

Manitoba Liberal Party Candidate - Cindy Lamoureux 

No response received

New Democratic Party Candidate - Melanie Wight 

Answer 1: I have a family member who has lived with mobility challenges her entire life. I also have friends who have shared with me the many challenges that people with disabilities face as well as the incredible abilities people with disabilities possess. These experiences have made me realize how important it is to have a government that supports accessibility of services and fights against stigma.

Answer 2: In my constituency, a good example of the difficulties is inaccessible schools. We recently overcame one of these barriers at Elwick Community School where a lift has been installed. The Maples Community Centre was also built many years ago with no thought to accessibility. The Manitoba NDP have committed $7 million to the creation of a new Maples Community Centre, which will now be fully accessible. I will continue to push for greater accessibility in all aspects of my life, including at the Cabinet and caucus level.

Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba Candidate - Rae Wagner 

Answer 1: I have had two family members diagnosed with terminal illnesses that left them physically impaired for the last several years of their lives. I assisted them with various everyday tasks that a lot of non-disabled people take for granted and don't give a second thought to doing.

Often it was the little things that left a big impact on my memory. I remember a specific time when my grandpa looked at me and said “Razy, I’ve got an itch on my nose.” I started scratching his nose until we found the right spot. He was very thankful, and I will always remember that as a tender moment between us. To this day, it serves as  a daily reminder to not take anything for granted and to always be grateful, even for seemingly small things like being able to scratch your nose.

I had been a Registered Massage Therapist for 14 years, which provided me with knowledge of how physical and mental impairments affect the lives of those that deal with disability issues. My clients dealt with a variety of impairments and faced many disability issues in an often inaccessible city. Being able to have my clients feel movements in often immobile areas, or take deep breathes and have moments of relaxation, always brought a smile to their face and mine. 

It was a very rewarding career, and truly special to witness the strength and courage my clients displayed everyday.

Answer 2: Infrastructure of the Burrows sidewalks and transportation poses a major obstacle for the dealing with mobility issues. I have witnessed many sidewalks that are not sloped and still have a full curb. Many of them are grossly uneven, causing hazardous traveling conditions in all seasons.

They are not accessible when they are covered wth snow and ice. The transit stops are spaced out far enough that utilizing accessible sidewalks is imperative to allow all residents of Burrows proper access to the entire city.  

As a step towards a lasting solution, the Progressive Conservatives will invest more than $1 billion a year for strategic infrastructure. We will ensure the swift implementation of the Accessibility for Manitobans Acts, which the previous government did not do. The new PC government will ensure that accessibility standards  throughout the province will be strictly enforced, including penalties for not meeting these standards.

Not Contacted Due to Lack of Candidate-Specific Email Address

The Communist Party of Canada- Manitoba Candidate - Tony Petrowski