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?
Green Party of Manitoba Candidate - Steven Stairs
No response received
Manitoba Liberal Party Candidate - Navdeep Khangura
Answer 1: My family has mainly been affected by age-related issues.
Answer 2: One of the greatest issues affecting Kildonan is access to services. The home care system needs to be improved so that it provides timely, high quality care to those who need it. Psychological services also need to be more accessible to people, including supports for families struggling with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The current wait times and age restrictions for funded applied behaviour analysis for children with ASD mean that many children do not get the support they need. Also, I've had many parents tell me that the criteria for Level 2 and 3 special needs funding in the school system have been tightened, making that funding harder to access. The Manitoba Liberal Party is pledging to tackle these issues and improve services. In the riding, I would ensure that my office is accessible to as many people as possible. We have already had an accessibility assessment done on our office by students from the University of Manitoba as part of their course work and we learned some good things from the students who completed the assessment. I will also help families find out what services are available to help them and work with them to help them get those services in place. A lot of people get lost in the system, and that shouldn't happen.
The Manitoba Party Candidate - Gary Marshall
Answer 1: I myself have had few dealings with the disabled other than with my work in the hospital as a Dialysis Technologist looking after the equipment used for our patients. My parents are elderly though they have yet to require the assistance of those outside the family in getting on in life. I see an aging population as a formidable problem for our health care system and difficult to solve. As people age in a society in which birth rates are among the lowest in the world, their care will place immense financial demands upon a smaller succeeding population. We now see what is occurring as expensive hospitals are filled with elderly people with no place to go. That is the tragedy of a health care system run by incompetent people.
Answer 2: I would begin with the idea that we should have 1 agency tasked with assessing the needs of those people who require aid in getting on in life. If elderly, mentally incapable, prone to addictions, physically disabled, there would be one central authority with the money and expertise tasked with putting these people on a path to self sufficiency or tasked with mitigating or easing their circumstances. Problems will all be dealt with under one roof.
Under our current system we pay able bodied people to sit at home and do nothing. This wasteful use of public money takes away resources from those people who can only get on with some form of assistance. So a big task will be to move able bodied people into the labour markets with training or education amidst a demand for labour created by far lower tax rates. Turning these unproductive people into productive people will be free up funds for use by those in need. Those not able bodied will have to be assessed and monitored for what they can do. Perhaps family members could be paid a certain amount to help relatives in need rather than state workers. Perhaps firms and organizations could be induced with money to make some changes to their businesses in order to make a building or workplace accessible. Similarly, some funds could be allotted to for structural changes to a home or apartment to lessen the demand on nursing homes and bring in staff. All options are on the table. And the solutions need not be restricted to exclusively institutional or agency programs, staff and services. Families and group homes run by capable and dedicated people could supply a number of deficiencies. We have seen other candidates within the party deal with some of the problems and failings of our health care system and our means of dealing with the handicapped or disabled.
New Democratic Party Candidate - Dave Chomiak
Answer 1: Like every Manitoban I have been touched by a disability, and it plays into the aspects of my daily life. I remember the days under the Filmon government when no Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities had been appointed and the community had to fight just to get access to the front door of the Legislature. Under the NDP, a great deals has changed for the better. We appointed a Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities and built an accessible ramp into the Legislature. We also passed the historic Accessibility for Manitobans Act. Our commitment to continued progress sets us apart from other parties.
Answer 2: Access to public transportation is a huge challenge for my constituents. We need to ensure that we put more resources into seamless public transportation for people living with disabilities in the community. I am proud to be a part of the party that brought in the Accessibility for Manitobans Act, and I will work hard to ensure the Access Standards for transportation are implemented as soon as possible.
Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba Candidate - Nic Curry
Answer 1: My father suffered a workplace accident that has blinded him in one eye. He underwent many surgeries to treat this injury and restore some of his vision. Importantly, I work in an occupation, Army Reserve, that is subject to intense stress. Many of my co-workers experienced Combat Stress Reaction or PTSD. I am a qualified instructor and have taught many soldiers some methods to effectively cope with stress in the workplace.
Answer 2: Old age and mental health will be a paramount struggle for the people of Kildonan. Many of my neighbours have told me that they are concerned for their health as they enter their retirement years as mobility issues worsen with old age. Brian Pallister and the PC Team will fast track the construction of 1200 personal home care beds which will go a long way to address backlogs and wait times.