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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Family of boy on life-support embraced by love at vigil

November 1, 2019

Winnipeg Free Press - ...not only from Winnipeg but from all over Manitoba and all across Canada," Fontaine said at the vigil. The vigil was attended by fellow New Democrat Bernadette Smith and NDP Leader Wab Kinew, who didn't speak to the crowd but offered support and condolences in Ojibwa to Hunter's mother and grandmother. Want to...

Premier reacts to crime spree

October 31, 2019

Winnipeg Free Press - secure and safe." The NDP held a news conference to address the recent crime spree. MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Point Douglas MLA Bernadette Smith attributed much of the rise in violent crime to methamphetamine addiction. "These are people. These are human beings. These are peoples’ loved...

Sortir Winnipeg de la violence

October 31, 2019

Ici Radio Canada / CBC Francais - ...auprès des élus provinciaux. Winnipeg est en voie de battre son record concernant le nombre d’homicides. Les députées néo-démocrates Bernadette Smith et Nahini Fontaine ont tenu une conférence de presse jeudi, pour inviter les ministres de la Justice, de la Famille et de la Santé, ainsi que le...

Pallister says there’s been a decrease in violent crime, as Winnipeg reaches 37 homicides

October 31, 2019

CTV - ...violent crime, so that our communities and children can be safe.” Fontaine, as well as the NDP’s critic for mental health and addictions, MLA Bernadette Smith, announced a community gathering in the city’s North End to allow residents to discuss their concerns, and come up with solutions to curb violent...

Manitoba health minister brushes aside call to fund costly HIV prevention drug PrEP

October 10, 2019

CBC Manitoba - ...reduce a person's risk of contracting HIV but Manitoba's Health Minister won't say if the government will cover the cost of the pill. NDP MLA Bernadette Smith asked Health Minister Cameron Friesen if he would commit to funding the cost of PrEP — a pill studies show can reduce the risk of HIV transmission...

Manitoba begins rolling out mental health, addictions plan

October 7, 2019

Winnipeg Sun - ...considering the Pallister government underspent on community mental health care by $15 million in the last budget this commitment falls short,” Bernadette Smith, the party’s critic for mental health and addictions, said via email. The other funding announcements, which total $2.94 million over three...

Manitoba commits $2.9M for mental health programs, services for youth

October 7, 2019

CBC Manitoba - ...know families and young people are feeling the stress from [Premier Brian] Pallister's cuts to health care and inaction on the meth crisis," said Bernadette Smith, the NDP's health critic. "Today's announcement is welcome but considering the Pallister government underspent on community mental health care by...

Discours du Trône : le gouvernement conservateur se prépare à déposer son premier budget

September 30, 2019

Ici Radio Canada / CBC Francais - période de questions. La conservatrice Myrna Driedger a été réélue au poste par ses collègues au détriment de la néo-démocrate Bernadette Smith et de la libérale Cindy Lamoureux. Monter au front Extrêmement court (un peu plus de deux pages), le discours du Trône de lundi a promis...

Manitoba government vows to finish trade agreement with western provinces in brief throne speech

September 30, 2019

CBC Manitoba - ... She has held the role since 2016, when the Progressive Conservatives were ushered into power with 40 of the legislature's 57 seats. NDP MLA Bernadette Smith and Liberal MLA Cindy Lamoureux had put their names forward for consideration. Lost official party status The opening day of the sitting had a...

Old business up first in new session of legislature

September 30, 2019

Winnipeg Free Press - ...Conservative Myrna Driedger (Roblin) as the legislature's Speaker. Driedger defeated Liberal MLA Cindy Lamoureux (Tyndall Park) and New Democrat Bernadette Smith (Point Douglas) in a secret-ballot vote. ...

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