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 - Peter Chura
Answer 1: My father has mobility issues due to lung disease that severely limits his breathing. The availability of parking close to entrance ways is a constant concern when he goes out, which of course is not nearly as often as he would like. It's just too difficult. He requires oxygen, which greatly limits his ability to travel any distance.
Answer 2: The availability of quality home care is one of the challenges I hear about most often from disabled people in this area. The hours are limited, the skills and strengths of the staff vary greatly, and liability issues limit what many staff are able or willing to do. Improving the availability and quality of home care for seniors and the disabled is a key part of our strategy for health care over all. I have also heard that the province's ability to provide custom engineered mobility technology is not what it once was and I would like to learn more about how this could be improved.
New Democratic Party Candidate - Lise Pinkos
Answer 1. My family and I have been affected by disability. We are a very close extended family. My cousin, only a couple years younger than me, is autistic and lives with cerebral palsy. He values his family, especially his cousins, above all else. For that reason, we have become very close. He has a particular interest for wind and air and so we connect through blowing balloons, watching the waves at the lake and the wind in the trees. He goes to a group program during the day and works at a local hotel a couple of days a week. He is proud to take the bus to and from his program everyday. As a family we each choose a month during which Josef contacts us to make plans to go out. Our month was January this year and we played mini-golf. Josef is a very important member of our family. I do worry about him - I want him to have the supports he needs to live a good life, one that he wants to live, even when his parents are no longer able to take care of him.
My mother-in-law, has MS. As a family we make choices on where we go out and what we do, based on physical accessibility. She does not let much stop her, but it makes me recognize how important it is for people to be able to move around their province and their city freely, in order to be able to live their lives to their fullest.
I have also personally learned a lot about disability through my work at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. We have worked hard to make it one of the most accessible cultural institutions in the world. I have learned so much about what accessibility means and how important it is to make the effort so that all people feel included. It's important to remove barriers in order for people to live with dignity in our province.
Answer 2. From what I have heard on the doorstep, accessible transportation and mobility is the greatest accessibility challenge in Seine River. I have heard that it can be difficult to access the appropriate public transit and that at times our sidewalks can be difficult to navigate for someone in a wheelchair or with other mobility issues.
When I worked at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, one of the first things that I did was travel coast to coast to learn and hear from Canadians about their human rights stories. This was an incredible experience, and while doing this we realized that we needed to ensure that every site where we hosted these events was accessible to ALL Canadians. This was an incredible learning experience for me and made me recognize the important steps we need to take when we move forward with improving our services and infrastructure. Manitobans deserve an inclusive province where everyone has a chance to give back and be a part of their community.
That’s why I am running for the NDP. The NDP brought in the historic Accessibility for Manitobans Act and is the only party committed to all five priorities of Disability Matters.
Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba Candidate - Janice Morely-Lecomte
1. Manitobans with disability issues are of importance to the PC party. Living in a global society emphasizes the importance of everyone needing to respect the needs of everyone. One individual not being supported will have an impact on many. The PC Party commits to establishing standards in employment, transportation, information and communication. The need to provide adequate front line workers, accessibility to services, equity in employment, and providing meaningful support for individuals with prolonged disabilities will be reviewed.
2. The greatest challenge faced in Seine River is being able to provide the essential frontline services to individuals with disabilities. The PC Party has promised to increase the number of front line workers so the needs of the most vulnerable are met. Frontline service providers will provide a dignified and supportive environment for individuals struggling with long term disabilities.