Bernadette Smith

NDP candidate in the Point Douglas Winnipeg race.

Bernadette can be reached on social media, at bernadette.smith@mbndp.ca, or by calling 204-219-4682.

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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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‘I’m fabulous’: AMC grand chief returns after inappropriate text allegations

August 1, 2019

Winnipeg Free Press - ...day’s breaking stories, weather forecast, and more sent straight to your inbox every morning. Sign Up NDP leader Wab Kinew, MLA Judy Klassen, MLA Bernadette Smith and NDP candidates Leah Gazan and Kyle Mason made appearances throughout the two-day conference. Smith declined to comment on specifics addressed...

Free concert in Winnipeg honours MMIWG in Manitoba

July 28, 2019

Global News - ...annual No Stone Unturned free concert honoured hundreds of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) in Manitoba. Point Douglas MLA Bernadette Smith has been at the helm of the event’s organizing committee each year since its inception in 2008. READ MORE: ‘We also need Canadians to...

‘Never been the same’: No Stone Unturned brings awareness to Manitoba MMIWG cases

July 27, 2019

CBC Manitoba - ...in hopes of raising awareness for missing and murdered women and girls, as well as to show support for each other. The concert is organized by MLA Bernadette Smith, whose sister Claudette Osborne-Tyo went missing in July 2008. As well, Claudette's mother, Brenda, led an approximately 800-kilometre walk from...

HEARTBREAK: Murdered and missing women, girls remembered by families, friends

July 27, 2019

Winnipeg Sun - ...Indigenous women and girls. Over 2,000 people attended the concert in Winnipeg’s North End. The concert was created by Claudette’s sister, Bernadette Smith, MLA for Point Douglas. Smith said at the time of her sister’s disappearance her family felt alone, it was like no one cared. She said she...

NDP kick off unofficial election campaign

June 23, 2019

Winnipeg Sun - ...@dantonunger 2019 NDP Candidates List 1. Adrien Sala (St. James) 2. Andy Regier (Rossmere), 3. Amanda Lathlin (The Pas-Kameesak) INCUMBENT 4. Bernadette Smith (Point Douglas) INCUMBENT 5. Durdana Islam (Seine River) 6. Danielle Adams (Thompson) 7. Elliot Macdonald (Kildonan-River East) 8. George Wong...

Grateful for help at community clean-up

June 17, 2019

Winnipeg Free Press - ...in St. Johns and I wouldn’t have it any other way. As usual, it’s been a busy few weeks in St. Johns and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Bernadette Smith, MLA for Point Douglas, and I held a delicious pancake breakfast at Ralph Brown Community Centre. It’s always great when our two communities, who...

‘Now the Real Work Begins:’ Families Call for Action After Inquiry Report

June 4, 2019

ChrisD - ...Indigenous women and girls who have disappeared or lost their lives were not front and centre. “Basically, they are missing from that report.” Bernadette Smith, an NDP member of the Manitoba legislature, said the real work begins now. Smith’s 21-year-old sister, Claudette Priscilla June Osborne-Tyo,...

No stone left unturned: MMIWG families skeptical police will change

June 3, 2019

CBC Manitoba - ...but many are skeptical. "I'd like to be hopeful, but we've seen you know, how many reports be produced and put on a shelf and dust collected?" said Bernadette Smith, the NDP MLA for Point Douglas and a long-time MMIWG advocate. Her sister Claudette Osborne went missing on July 25, 2008. It took police officers...

L’Ouest s’engage à étudier le rapport d’enquête sur les femmes autochtones | Femmes autochtones disparues et assassinées

June 3, 2019

Ici Radio Canada / CBC Francais - ...n’a voulu évoquer le sujet avec les journalistes, lundi, à l’Assemblée législative albertaine. La députée néo-démocrate du Manitoba Bernadette Smith, dont la soeur a disparu il y a plus de 10 ans, dit souhaiter que le rapport ne soit pas oublié et que les gouvernements agissent rapidement sur...

‘Now the real work begins:’ Families call for action after inquiry report

June 3, 2019

Winnipeg Free Press - ...the untimely death of her teenage daughter, but she hopes opening those wounds will ensure that her other children and grandchildren will be safe. Bernadette Smith, from Winnipeg, wipes away tears as she talks about the Missing and Murdered Indigineous Women inquiry Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 on Parliament Hill in...

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