La Verendrye

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 - Janine Gibson

Please visit our Green Party of Manitoba for the particulars of our policies in support of all Manitobans especially those with disabilities. I support a Guaranteed Minimum Income which I know will help eliminate the poverty that further hampers many Manitobans who are challenged.

Manitoba Liberal Party Candidate - Bill Paulishyn

No response received

New Democratic Party Candidate - Echo Asher

Answer 1. My cousin has two children with autism. Recently her husband had a tragic quad accident that left him requiring permanent care. Their experience has opened my eyes to the challenges facing families, but also the wonderful things that can be accomplished when the appropriate supports are in place. That’s why I chose to run for the NDP, the only party committed to improving the lives of all Manitobans living with disabilities and their families.

Answer 2. Accessibility is a huge challenge in rural areas, and I want to ensure that everyone has access to the services that are available in this province. Nobody should go without because of what area of Manitoba they live in. We are fortunate in Manitoba to have the Accessibility for Manitobans Act that the NDP brought in. I will work hard to implement this Act and its standards in La Verendrye.

Progressive Conservative Party of   Manitoba Candidate - Dennis Smook

Answer 1. My family has not personally experienced the challenges of living with a disability but we recognize the exceptional people in our community who face and overcome these challenges on a daily basis and contribute to making our province a great place to live.

Answer 2. Timely access to Services for Manitobans with disabilities and their families.

Currently Manitoba has the longest wait times for a visit to an emergency room in Canada for example. A focused approach to coordinated care with measurable standards, accountibility and constant improvement will allow for a long term commitment to disability services and priorization of resources.

Hiring qualified Manitobans with disabilties is a benefit to our communities, business and economy. A Progress Conservative government would educate business and communities about the advantages of employing Manitobans with disabilties. In order to provide meaniful support we would assess the effectiveness of existing prgrams, learning how they could be improved and delivered more efectively for those Manitoba who need and rely on them.