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Cathy Scofield-Singh - Dauphin
1. Why did you decide to run in the Manitoba election?
We are being told that the NDP and PC’s are our only choices in this upcoming provincial election. This is not true. The MB Liberal party has developed a new way forward, and has innovative plans to improve our economy while ensuring strong health care and education, adequate child care and addressing poverty to improve the lives for all Manitobans of all ages, those with visible& non visible disabilities, and rural Manitobans.
We know that many of the issues facing rural and northern Manitoba are different than urban Manitoba, and they need specific attention and different models for us to succeed.
When I was asked by Dr. Jon Gerrard to consider running as a MB Liberal candidate for the Dauphin Riding, I reviewed all of the policies and plans released at that point. In doing so, I found that MB Liberal stance about a new way forward for all Manitobans and their plans resonated with me. The MB Liberal party addresses many issues facing rural Manitobans.
I believe in Dougald Lamont. He listens to his team, and to Manitobans, including me. He has used our input, our concerns and developed plans and policies that will move Manitoba forward.
2. Why should a voter consider electing you to represent them?
As a Nurse Practitioner I have seen at ground level, all of the drastic Health Care and economic cuts created by the current government, and the impact that has made in the lives and the communities of rural Manitobans. We need stabilized funding an innovative plans to improve healthcare for rural and Northern Manitobans.
As a Nurse Practitioner I provide healthcare to rural and northern Manitobans. I meet people where they are at physically and emotionally. I know the issues that my clients face day to day, and I see how they are struggling to make ends meet.
I am a listener and will stand up and advocate for my constituents. I believe in health promotion, harm reduction, disease prevention, and providing a holistic approach to my client’s health.
Whether my client is an individual or my community, I will listen and advocate on their behalf so that their voice is heard at Manitoba’s Parliament!
I WILL ADVOCATE FOR YOU!
3. What key issue(s) / topic(s) will you stand for in your role as MLA, and why are these important to you?
Rural Manitoba faces multiple issues, and it would be impossible to delineate one issue as they are intertwined. Healthcare access is intertwined with access to mental health, which in turn is intertwined with addictions. With the rise in addictions comes a rise in crime which affects all Manitobans. We need to take a holistic look at all factors which can improve our lives including education, affordable, accessible, suitable housing, the opportunity for employment, access to Mental Health etc.
The Opioid and Meth Crisis needs innovative solutions to not only help those who are dealing with addiction now, but to find ways to decrease potential harms that could affect their health.
We need to address the factors that could trigger someone to use drugs, whether it be a livable income, access to suitable, affordable housing, education, recreation and access to Mental Health Services.
I will advocate Rural development and economy . We need to recruit and retain healthcare professionals so that rural Manitobans have equal access to healthcare.
I have seen how Mr Pallister’s cuts have directly impacted our pocketbooks, affected our ability to access healthcare and has had a negative impact to rural Manitobans. We need to do better!
4. Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?
Manitobans have seen their buying power decrease substantially during the last couple of years. According to Stats Canada, in 2017 Canadians owed 1.71 for every $1.00 that they earned. Also, we are an aging population. Retirement should be a potential for everyone, yet with our current debt load, it is becoming an unrealistic goal. If we are spending a $1.71 for every $1.00 earned, how can we retire? The issue is that most people have to spend their money now in order to live, and really are not able to prepare for retirement.
The province can help by growing the economy, which would improve everyone’s economic base. If our personal economic base improves, then we would be able to deal with the rising costs of living, & be able to pay of our personal and provincial debt.
Manitoba Liberals have proposed solutions for problems faced by Manitobans such:
-accessing Mental Health and addiction services
-MB’s crumbling infrastructure
-lack of affordable housing & Seniors Housing
-literacy and education
-accessible childcare & Homecare
I believe that Life is all about choices and change. This is the time to make a personal choice to change for a NEW WAY FORWARD!