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 -  Jitendradas Loves-Life

No response received

Manitoba Liberal Party Candidate - Peter Koroma

Answer 1. I have been lucky to have no disabilities impacting my immediate family, but I do have a quadriplegic in my extended family and he has been an inspiration to us all. He has a beautiful family, and he actually took part in the 2012 London Paralympics. I also have some people who have struggled with mental disabilities in my extended family, and in many ways those struggles can be just as hard or harder than physical disabilities. These family members affect my family in positive ways, because of their perseverance and determination to live a happy, fulfilling life.

Answer 2. There are definitely accessibility challenges in the Logan riding—from basic infrastructure to non-wheelchair accessible buildings. As MLA, I would support the Liberal position to prioritize basic infrastructure investments that could go a long way towards fixing our municipal roads and sidewalks, many of which are so bad that people in wheelchairs find themselves unable to cross due to potholes and broken cement on the sidewalks. There are also still some apartment buildings that don't have elevators in the riding, but they are generally older buildings that have been grandfathered in. I would work with cases of inaccessibility on a case-by-case basis, to try to find solutions. And I will have an open-door policy for all constituents, so people with disabilities can be sure that they will have access to me when I am MLA.

The Manitoba Party Candidate -  Joe Chan

No response received

New Democratic Party Candidate - Flor Marcelino   

Answer 1. In my family, my mother and in-laws have all faced mobility issues as they aged. They used wheelchairs and walkers, had difficulty with stairs and required supports at home.

Personally, I was on disability leave from work for one year as I recuperated from brain surgery. For 1-2 years I had limitations with my eyesight and hearing due to growth of a brain tumour and it took time for me to regain these functions.

Currently, I am on crutches and from time to time use a wheelchair due to torn ligaments in my foot.  During this election campaign, I am doing my best to canvass the entire Logan constituency. In this way, I am seeing firsthand which areas, which buildings, which sidewalks etc are unsafe and/or inaccessible to folks with mobility issues.

Answer 2. Some of the challenges are that there are not enough housing units that can accommodate the growing number of folks living with mobility issues. All new builds including public housing and private investments should be accessible for those who are vision and hearing impaired and folks with mobility issues.  I fully support the NDP commitment to an assured income for persons living with disabilities.

Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba Candidate - Allie  Szarkiewicz

Answer 1: As an elementary and middle-school teacher for 30 years, I always had children in my classroom dealing with various disability issues, often not visible. Very often I would adjust lesson plans and give students assignments based on individual abilities, recognizing that every child learns differently. As a teacher I had to engage all of my students at their own levels and abilities and that is how I would assessed students, based on their own abilities and interests. 

One of the initiatives that the Progressive Conservative Party has announced is a $7 million dollar commitment to support Read to Succeed, an initiative that will improve literacy rates and learning outcomes by developing a curriculum with identified and specific literacy objectives. Increased supports for students will result in better outcomes for students with and without disabilities.

Answer 2: A built environment that doesn`t facilitate ease of access for people with disabilities is clearly posing challenges for those who live across Manitoba and in Logan. Our Party supported the Accessibility for Manitobans Act in 2013 and even proposed amendments to strengthen that legislation – one of our proposed changes was to require a public reporting if the NDP was not going to move forward on an accessibility standard required by the legislation. That’s not something the NDP supported and now, fast forward to election 2016 and very little progress has been made to achieve the aims in the Accessibility for Manitobans Act. We will be a government that works with all Manitobans and supports provides genuine supports for Manitobans with disabilities, we will be that partner.

Not Contacted Due to Lack of Candidate-Specific Email Address

The Communist Party of Canada- Manitoba Candidate - Cheryl-Anne Carr