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 -  Martha Jo Willard

No response received

Manitoba Liberal Party Candidate - Demetre Balaktsis

No response received

New Democratic Party Candidate - Andrew Swan   

Answer 1. My dad passed away five years ago after a battle with Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease. As the disease progressed, his mobility decreased and he eventually needed an oxygen tank to assist his breathing. His experience made me more aware of the physical obstacles individuals face, especially stairs. Able-bodied people take so much for granted. This realization has strengthened my resolve to fight for investment in services rather than cuts. The NDP is the only party that is committed to all five aspects of the disability matters campaign.

Answer 2. One of the biggest challenges in Minto is that most public buildings were built before the needs of people living with physical and intellectual disabilities were taken into account. Making our schools, recreational facilities, places of worship, and other buildings accessible will take time and investment, but it is necessary. I am proud that our NDP government passed the Accessibility for Manitobans Act to ensure that renovations of public buildings meet the needs of all people. We will also continue to help with making other buildings accessible.

Progressive Conservative Party of   Manitoba Candidate - Belinda Squance

No response received 

Not Contacted Due to Lack of Candidate-Specific Email Address

The Communist Party of Canada- Manitoba Candidate - Andrew Taylor

Independent Candidate -   Don Woodestock