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.

News that mentions Bernadette Smith

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More women, more people of colour but fewer Indigenous MLAs in Manitoba legislature

September 12, 2019

CBC Manitoba - ...Marcelino in Notre Dame) and five Indigenous NDP candidates were also elected (party leader Wab Kinew in Fort Rouge, Ian Bushie in Keewatinook, Bernadette Smith in Point Douglas, Nahanni Fontaine in St. John's and Amanda Laithlin in The Pas-Kameesak). For the PCs, Filipino MLA Jon Reyes was re-elected in...

Après le 10 septembre, une assemblée plus diversifiée | Élections Manitoba 2019

September 11, 2019

Ici Radio Canada / CBC Francais - ...députée de la commnauté philippine (Malaya Marcelino dans Notre Dame) et 5 Autochtones (Wab Kinew dans Fort Rouge, Ian Bushie dans Keewatinook, Bernadette Smith dans Point Douglas et Amanda Laithlin dans The Pas-Kameesak). Le PC compte aussi un élu de la communauté philippine, Jon Reyes, réélu dans...

NDP makes gains but city still wears PC blue

September 11, 2019

Winnipeg Free Press - ...Kinew in 2016. Elsewhere, the NDP regained control of Burrows with a victory by Diljeet Brar, and party mainstays Nahanni Fontaine (St. Johns), Bernadette Smith (Point Douglas) and Matt Wiebe (Concordia) continued to hold court. JENNIFER DOERKSEN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Cindy Lamoureux talks to press at her...

Wab Kinew Says Manitoba Election Shows NDP is on the Road to Recovery

September 11, 2019

ChrisD - ...The mood was sombre for most of the evening in a downtown Winnipeg entertainment centre where NDP supporters gathered to watch the results roll in. Bernadette Smith, who was re-elected for Point Douglas in Winnipeg with a sizable margin, told supporters that all seats retained and gained were overall a win. The...

Wab Kinew says Manitoba election shows NDP is on the road to recovery

September 11, 2019

CTV - ...The mood was sombre for most of the evening in a downtown Winnipeg entertainment centre where NDP supporters gathered to watch the results roll in. Bernadette Smith, who was re-elected for Point Douglas in Winnipeg with a sizable margin, told supporters that all seats retained and gained were overall a win. The...

Cacayuran wants to put others first

September 9, 2019

Winnipeg Free Press - ...constituency in this year’s provincial election. This is the second time that he is running for a provincial seat — In 2017 he ran against Bernadette Smith in the Point Douglas byelection. John Cacayuran is broadening his work in the community. John Cacayuran is broadening his work in the community. ...

A look at what the Manitoba election brings for Indigenous people – APTN News

September 6, 2019

APTN Manitoba - ...findings. “What I can tell you is it’s not going to be me overseeing the recommendations it’s going to be folks like Nahanni Fontaine, Bernadette Smith, Amanda Lathlin who have lived experience of what it’s like to be an Indigenous woman in Manitoba,” said Kinew at a party news conference. ...

Point Douglas man frustrated by election signs erroneously placed – twice – on his private property

September 4, 2019

Global News - ...I didn’t think much of it,” said Douglas, “until I read this pamphlet that said ‘thanks for agreeing to take a lawn/fence election sign for Bernadette Smith and Manitoba’s NDP.’ “Well, there was no agreement.” Douglas passed it off as a mistake, until he returned from the lake on Sunday and saw...

MANITOBA VOTES: Tories promise to combat gender-based violence

August 24, 2019

Winnipeg Sun - ...period of up to 17 weeks. “(The Manitoba NDP) support any proposal that will help women who experience intimate partner violence,” said Bernadette Smith, NDP candidate for Point Douglas, adding the NDP platform commits to improving women’s safety. “We are committed to eliminating domestic...

Pallister among candidates operating campaign offices without permit

August 23, 2019

Winnipeg Free Press - ...submit an application or are waiting for an approved permit from the city," an NDP spokeswoman said. The Free Press contacted Point Douglas NDP MLA Bernadette Smith's campaign office, which doesn't have the paperwork, and was told a campaign spokesman was on another line, trying to get an occupancy permit. The...

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