St. Johns

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 - Elizabeth Puchailo 

No response received

Manitoba Liberal Party Candidate - Noel Bernier

No response received

The Manitoba Party Candidate - Arthur Kielbowicz

No response received

New Democratic Party Candidate - Nahanni Fontaine

Answer 1. If elected MLA for St. Johns, I will work to advance the needs of all Manitobans living with disabilities by way of continued improvements to employment barriers and timely access to health and social supports, with a focus on independent living.

While disability issues have not affected myself or my family directly, my advocacy work over the last 18 years has connected me with many individuals and families who confront a range of physical obstacles and accessibility challenges.

In my roles as Director of Justice for the Southern Chiefs’ Organization and Manitoba’s Special Advisor of Aboriginal Women’s issues, I’ve had the honour to meet with, and promote the needs of Indigenous people (and their loved ones) who live with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). I will continue to advocate on behalf of the children and adults who are affected by this disorder.

Answer 2. The greatest accessibility challenges confronting St. Johns residents concerns improving access to community facilities in the constituency, and the continued ability for seniors to remain in their homes as they age and their physical needs change.

I will work to ensure that accessibility upgrades to our public places continue — as completed in five active community St. Johns churches through Manitoba’s Community Places Program. I will also advocate for the retro-fitting of schools to address the challenges facing children with accessibility needs, such as the planned installation of a lift at Luxton School.

I believe we need to make further investments to support accessible housing for persons with disabilities and aging Manitobans. I will push for more co-operative housing for seniors and people with mobility challenges, as well as advocate for more Manitoba Housing units.

Finally, I will work with our partners at the City of Winnipeg to address the transportation needs of people with accessibility challenges. We need to improve public transit to make it more accessible and convenient, and work to improve the roads, sidewalks and intersections in our neighbourhoods to ensure they are safe for people with mobility challenges and those with visual and hearing impairments.

Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba Candidate - Barbara Judt

No response received