Lac du Bonnet
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?
New Democratic Party Candidate - Wendy Sol
Answer 1. I volunteered and sat on the National Executive Board for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Canada for more than 12 years. Spina Bifida is the number one debilitating birth defect in Canada. I understand some of the challenges facing people with disabilities and the everyday barriers they face, that able people take for granted.
Answer 2. Accessibility challenges in Lac du Bonnet Constituency, as with most rural constituencies, is access to high speed internet and the ability to connect with the world. This challenge impacts people with disabilities more than able body folk as they are often shut in and not able to simply go to the local library to access some form of decent internet service.
If I am elected I will continue to support the NDP's initiative to work with the telephone and internet providers to ensure affordable and accessible high speed internet to rural Manitoba and try to re-build what the Conservatives tore down when they sold our Crown Corporation MTS. MTS had a mandate to provide affordable and accessible telecommunications to all Manitobans, unfortunately their mandate today is to their shareholders and not to Manitobans.
Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba Candidate - Wayne Ewasko
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