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?
Manitoba Liberal Party Candidate - Jordan Fleury
Answer 1. Within my family, including extended, we have learned to care for loved ones with a variety of disabilities including less commonly discussed and acknowledged hidden disabilities like diabetes and hearing impairment. As well as consideration to mental health issues becoming more recognized within the spectrum.
Answer 2. While it is nice to see newer infrastructure accommodating accessibility issues in Riding Mountain there are however several private and public buildings which remain inaccessible to those with particular disabilities although services are generally desired and often required by all. Currently, upgrades can be financially overwhelming to any municipality due to the cost on revitalizing historic infrastructure to offer accessibility while maintaining an original state. Furthermore, we must consider those with disabilities who can't leave the home and how we as a community can better include these neighbors. Prolonged and unaddressed accessibility issues are causing people to become shut in as they lose belief in they're abilities. This can add to stress and frustration which effects a persons mental health, and Riding Mountain currently also requires improved mental health services.
If elected, I will work with constituents, communities and municipalities through a process of inclusion and participation to allocate appropriate municipal infrastructure funds toward a more accessible Riding Mountain. I will continue meeting with constituents and communities to help ensure we not only set municipal and collective goals but ultimately achieve what we know is right. It makes sense because its fair and best practice.
New Democratic Party Candidate - Bela Gyarmati
Answer 1. Though none of my immediate family members are living with a disability, I went to primary school that had a dedicated disability services program. I witnessed firsthand the benefits of having such a service had on my peers, and many of these students were able to excel because of this program.
Answer 2. In rural Manitoba, it is a struggle to ensure that everybody has available services, no matter where they are located. I will look to improve accessibility to disability services in Riding Mountain.
Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba Candidate - Greg Nesbitt
Answer 1. My family has not experienced disability issues, however I have seen first hand issues within my community and area.
Answer 2. I believe physically disabled still experience accessibility issues with infrastructure in rural communities. Raised entrances to get into commercial buildings with no ramps present problems. Sudden drop offs on sidewalks are a problem in many communities. Lack of timely transportation is also an issue for many. If elected, I will join my colleagues in the Progressive Conservative Party in supporting provisions and standards contained in The Accessibility for Manitobans Act.
Green Party of Manitoba Candidate - Mark Olenick
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