Greg McFarlane

NDP candidate in the McPhillips Winnipeg race.

Greg can be reached on social media, at greg.mcfarlane@mbndp.ca, or by calling 204-219-3944.

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Questionnaire Response

Greg McFarlane - McPhillips

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

I’ve seen how this government’s bad choices—to close emergency rooms and increase Hydro and autopac rates—are hurting the families in our community. But I wanted to do more than protest cuts. I wanted to help fix the damage caused to our health care system and make life more affordable for McPhillips families.

My family immigrated to Canada when I was a young child, and I grew up in the Garden City and West St. Paul area. When I left the Canadian Armed Forces I joined the trades and became a red seal electrician. In this role I became involved in my local union and with the labour movement; standing up for the working families in Manitoba. I am a husband and loving father of two young children, and am in my second term as school trustee for the Seven Oaks School Division, and now vice-chair to the board. I work hard to provide the quality education our children deserve and look forward to continuing this fight as your MLA.

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

I grew up in this community, where residents are more than friends—they’re family. I understand what our community needs to prosper. And I’m passionate about ending Pallister’s cuts and finding solutions that work for all of us—not just those at the top.

As School Trustee for Seven Oaks School Division, I have helped our local schools to become leaders in providing innovative and student-focused classrooms that ensure every child has an opportunity to be successful. As a long-time member of the labour movement, I’ve fought for everyday working families.

The NDP’s plan for McPhillips includes re-opening the ER and ICU at Seven Oaks Hospital, keeping Hydro and autopac rates low, adding child care seats, expanding the Chief Peguis Trail and putting a cap on K-3 class sizes at Seven Oaks schools. I have a vested and personal history in many of the NDP’s platform for McPhillips. I have lobbied extensively as school trustee for the Chief Peguis Trail Expansion, keeping Seven Oaks Schools a leader in education in Canada, and forming the Save the Seven Oaks ER & ICU Coalition.

 

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

The biggest issue is healthcare. Closing our 7 Oaks ER & ICU was devastating to my community. I have two young children so I know how vital having an ER close by is. The jobs lost, cut, or moved has created havoc with the frontline workers who have dedicated their lives to helping us when we are at our weakest; the countless stories I have been told by people in the community of the 7 Oaks ER saving their lives, that they would not have made it to a further ER, how the level of care and genuine caring attitude from the staff were incredible. People are feeling deserted and scared. The north is quickly expanding, and we need to have our ER open and staffed adequately with quality staff.

When Pallister decided to close the emergency room and ICU at Seven Oaks Hospital, I knew I couldn’t stay silent. I jumped into action, forming an activist group called Save the Seven Oaks ER & ICU Coalition. Immediately the community got involved. We held rallies (some with hundreds of people), circulated petitions and used local media to help bring even more of my community together in protesting these drastic cuts.

 

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

On September 10th Manitobans will have a choice. A chance to choose to put healthcare, education, and the well-being of Manitobans first. When we head to the polls let’s choose to reinvest in Manitoba; in its healthcare, education, infrastructure, and in its people! A vote for me and the NDP means a vote to reopen our ER’s, to keep our children’s education and childcare top-priority and keeping life affordable for all Manitobans.

As a father to two young children, a school trustee, and labour and community activist I am invested in keeping 7 Oaks, 7 Oaks. My past and future are entrenched in my community and I want to be your local voice for our concerns. I hope I can count on your support to creating a better Manitoba that we all deserve!

News that mentions Greg McFarlane

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Des éducateurs craignent que la réforme scolaire menace des programmes culturels

June 1, 2021

Ici Radio Canada / CBC Francais - ...mises en place par les divisions scolaires pourraient ainsi être abandonnées, appréhende la fiduciaire de la Division scolaire Seven Oaks, Greg McFarlane. Le projet de loi 64 prévoit d'abolir les divisions scolaires anglophones et de centraliser la prise de décision entre les mains du gouvernement....

School trustee, principal worry Manitoba’s education overhaul could spell the end of cultural programs

June 1, 2021

CBC Manitoba - ...range from classes in Ojibwe and Ukrainian to a bhangra dance program to division-wide powwows — and Seven Oaks School Division trustee Greg McFarlane said he's concerned Bill 64 will mean they could fall by the wayside. That's because the proposed public school reform would dissolve...

Canadian Black history largely overlooked in classrooms

April 19, 2021

Winnipeg Free Press - ...will only derive from consultation with Black leaders, from the government to the classroom level. In his role on the Seven Oaks school board, Greg McFarlane helped spearhead a one-of-a-kind initiative this year, holding a virtual anti-racism town hall with community members and providing resources to...

Education reforms face failure without diversity commitment: advocates

March 29, 2021

Winnipeg Free Press - ... Following the release of their education equity reports, both Winnipeg and Seven Oaks trustees elected people of colour to lead their boards. Greg McFarlane, who became the first Black trustee to chair a school board earlier this school year, said Seven Oaks is concerned its uniqueness as a progressive...

Seven Oaks intensive care unit set to shut down as overhaul of Winnipeg’s health-care system continues

September 13, 2019

CBC Manitoba - ...— with the re-election of our government earlier this week," Friesen said in a statement. PC candidate Shannon Martin won the riding over Greg McFarlane, the NDP candidate and founder of the Save Seven Oaks ER Coalition, by 105 votes, the unofficial tally from Elections Manitoba...

Martin ekes out a win in McPhillips

September 10, 2019

Winnipeg Free Press - ...evening as the votes were counted in McPhillips, but Progressive Conservative candidate Shannon Martin narrowly defeated New Democratic candidate Greg McFarlane with an unofficial total of 3,307 votes against McFarlane’s 3,202. This was the closest race of the election. “It’s a bit overwhelming,”...

Tight-race roundup: Results of Manitoba’s battleground constituencies

September 10, 2019

Winnipeg Free Press - ...Shannon Martin, former PC MLA for Morris, won a close race in the newly created McPhllips electoral district, squeaking out a win over NDP candidate Greg McFarlane. Posted: 11/09/2019 6:54 AM The Progressive Conservatives won the competitive race in McPhillips — the closest race in the provincial election...

Les circonscriptions à surveiller aux élections provinciales 2019 | Élections Manitoba 2019

September 9, 2019

Ici Radio Canada / CBC Francais - ...de ne pas se représenter. McPHILLIPS Candidats en lice : John Cacayuran (Parti libéral), Shannon Martin (Parti progressiste conservateur), Greg McFarlane (Nouveau Parti démocratique), Jason Smith (Parti vert), Dave Wheeler (Manitoba First) Cette circonscription a été redécoupée depuis 2006 et va...

Cacayuran wants to put others first

September 9, 2019

Winnipeg Free Press - ...of football and the Winnipeg Bombers and enjoys hanging out with his kids playing with Lego. Also running for McPhillips is Shannon Martin (PC), Greg McFarlane (NDP), Jason Smith (Green Party), and Dave Wheeler (Manitoba First). Smith didn’t respond to an interview request by press time, and Wheeler...

Manitoba First or Forward? Ex-radio host, former Philippines honorary counsul seek seats for smaller parties

September 8, 2019

CBC Manitoba - ...in," said Wheeler, who is running in McPhillips, where he faces Liberal candidate John Cacayuran, the Progressive Conservatives' Shannon Martin, Greg McFarlane of the NDP and the Greens' Jason Smith. Once his radio tenure ended, Wheeler launched a daily podcast with his wife. He is snubbing traditional...

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