Bernadette Smith

NDP candidate in the Point Douglas Winnipeg race.

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Questionnaire Response

Bernadette Smith - Point Douglas

1. Why did you decide to run in the Manitoba election?

I ran to be the MLA for Point Douglas to inspire others who came or found themselves stuck in poverty to aspire to be their best selves. I wanted to be the change we wish to see in the world and I truly believe that we all can make a difference.

2. Why should a voter consider electing you to represent them?

I have worked hard to represent the amazing people of Point Douglas and to bring their voices to the Manitoba Legislature since being elected in 2017. I have stood up and been a voice for the issues that matter most most to people in Point Douglas. I will always remember where I came from and who it is that I am representing, which is families in the incredible community of Point Douglas.

3. What key issue(s) / topic(s) will you stand for in your role as MLA, and why are these important to you?

Manitobans deserve a better health care system that is accessible for all of us, especially in Point Douglas. That means focusing on prevention and listening to front line workers, while re-opening the emergency room at Seven Oaks Hospital.
Social housing has been boarded up and safe, affordable housing is becoming more difficult for those who are struggling. Many seniors are on a fixed income and living in poverty; it’s disheartening to see those who have worked so hard for us suffering financially.
Meth use has fuelled violence and crime in Point Douglas, and we’ve seen crime increase while police are overworked and understaffed. More harm reduction supports are needed, while Brian Pallister’s cuts and inaction has only made the situation worse.
Many children are still being apprehended due to poverty and this is a practice that needs to change. Families need supports in their homes to keep them together.

4. Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

This election is about health care. Time and time again, I’ve heard from families around Point Douglas who want to see a health care system that’s there when they need it, close to home.
For the past three years, Brian Pallister has shuttered ERs, fired nurses and caused chaos in our health care system leaving patients worried and health care workers anxious.
In this election, only a vote for the NDP will re-open the Seven Oaks ER, hire back the nurses that Pallister has fired and build a health care system that listens to front-line workers while focusing on prevention.

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Manitoba Government to End Controversial Practice of Birth Alerts in April

January 31, 2020

ChrisD - the Progressive Conservative government is a step in the right direction but could have happened sooner, said Opposition NDP legislature member Bernadette Smith. Her private member’s bill to end birth alerts, introduced last May, was defeated. She said eradicating the practice has been important to her...

Les alertes à la naissance n’améliorent pas la sécurité des enfants, selon la province

January 31, 2020

Ici Radio Canada / CBC Francais - ...étaient Autochtones, alors que les Autochtones représentent 17 % de la population manitobaine. La député néo-démocrate de Point Douglas, Bernadette Smith, a présenté l’an dernier un projet de loi d’initiative parlementaire proposant de mettre fin à cette pratique au Manitoba. La député...

Review finds no evidence birth alerts improve child safety, Manitoba families minister

January 30, 2020

CBC Manitoba - ...Conservative government also heard from "members in the Indigenous communities that this was something they wanted to see," she told the network. Bernadette Smith, the Opposition NDP MLA for Point Douglas, put forward a private member's bill last year proposing to end the practice in Manitoba. "[Birth alerts...

Manitoba Tories clawing back rental benefit for people with mental disabilities

November 25, 2019

CBC Manitoba - ...more people than the former government through the Rent Assist program, which recently underwent changes. NDP mental health and addictions critic Bernadette Smith said the change to the portable benefit will hit the wallets of the poor who live with mental disabilities hard. "So $200 a month from a person...

A decrease in rent assist could be coming to Manitobans with disabilities

November 25, 2019

CTV - ...that were getting more than the rent that they were paying and that money has been freed up to offer more assistance to more Manitobans.” But Bernadette Smith, NDP MLA for Point Douglas, said the people who are in the Portable Housing Benefit program need that extra money. She worried it would lead to more...

Critics fear mental-health fallout from province’s plan to reduce housing benefit

November 25, 2019

Winnipeg Free Press - ...sent straight to your inbox every morning. Sign Up I agree to the Terms and Conditions, Cookie and Privacy Policies, and CASL agreement. NDP critic Bernadette Smith said she's heard from constituents that they need flexibility to use the Portable Housing Benefit as they see fit, which may go beyond paying for...

Province plans to extend work leave for victims of sexual violence, stalking or their guardians

November 25, 2019

Winnipeg Free Press - ...bring Manitoba law into alignment with that in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. NDP MLA Bernadette Smith commended the Pallister government's proposed legislative amendments but said more funding is needed for community organizations that support women...

Gov’t pushes for expanded work leave benefits for domestic violence

November 25, 2019

Winnipeg Sun - ...women and girls more opportunity to take this very important leave at a very difficult time in their lives,” she said. NDP Point Douglas MLA Bernadette Smith welcomed the proposed legislation but said further investment is also needed. “I would commend the Pallister government for making that move but...

Community calls for solutions to violence

November 8, 2019

Winnipeg Free Press - ...And tonight is for us to listen,” Fontaine said in her opening comments. The forum was organized by NDP MLAs Nahanni Fontaine (St. Johns) and Bernadette Smith (Point Douglas), who were accompanied by other dignitaries such as Wab Kinew, leader of the Manitoba NDP, and Winnipeg Police chief Danny Smyth. ...

Drugs, violence plague community

November 6, 2019

Winnipeg Free Press - ...MLA Nahanni Fontaine. "We are here tonight to listen. We’re here to listen to each and every one of you tonight." Fontaine and fellow NDP MLA Bernadette Smith organized the event in following a brutal spate of crime in Winnipeg, which reached a fever pitch with the horrific attack on three-year-old Hunter...

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