Dawson Trail

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

Manitoba Liberal Party Candidate - Terry Hayward

No response received

The Manitoba Party Candidate - David Sutherland

Answer 1: Whereas I have significant mobility issues that have dim prospects of improving, I have some personal insights to disability issues. Having someone with limited or less mobility in a family , affects the family in many ways. In my case going from a fully active person, requires an adjustment of the way I think as to what I'm able to do. The family being as supportive as they don't do some things because I cannot participate it. That is wonderful, I know they do it for me and I thank them for it but there is a feeling of burdening them.

Answer 2: I think the largest issue in Dawson Trail is businesses and offices that still do not have button controlled doors, we even still have some businesses that have stairs to gain entry. Newer buildings construction codes includes handicapped access but changing old buildings is slow. I would like to see standing up or wall mounted signage denoting  all handicapped parking sites as the painted ones chip and fade and are covered in snow in the winter, only to be quickly taken advantage of by unscrupulous drivers. Due to my own mobility issues, discussion, awareness and promotion of course be on my agenda.

New Democratic Party Candidate - Roxanne Dupuis 

Answer 1: Coming from a large family, I have witnessed firsthand the variety of issues affecting people with disabilities. From mental health to residential services and home care, I have experienced the importance of being able to provide quality care for Manitobans, as many people in my family have cared for their loved ones or been dedicated caregivers for people living with disabilities. I feel it's important for people with disabilities to be given the same opportunities as all other Manitobans.

Answer 2: The greatest accessibility challenge facing our constituency is the need for increased support for those who care for and work with people with disabilities. By increasing the capacity of these groups and/or individuals, we will be in a position to provide better care and increase our response time so that people can get the quality care they need more quickly. As an elected member, I will continue the conversation on these issues and begin to prioritize the needs of Manitobans living with disabilities. I had the pleasure of meeting with the Disability Matters campaign in my constituency and I am happy that this group has helped us all talk more openly about disabilities. But we also need to be in a position to act on these issues, and I am committed to implementing our accessibility standards and continuing to increase wages to build a more inclusive and accessible Manitoba.

Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba Candidate - Bob Lagasse

No response received