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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ER closures could deliver unpleasant diagnosis for Tory incumbents

July 22, 2019

Winnipeg Free Press - ...official only after the writ period has actually started — between 28 and 34 days prior to Sept. 10). John Cacayuran (LIB) Shannon Martin (PC) Greg McFarlane (NDP) Dave Wheeler (IND) Losing a safe seat wasn't Martin's only worry. Other Tory incumbents moved quickly to snatch up all the neighbouring...

Opponents welcome former radio host, Wheeler, to political race

July 11, 2019

Winnipeg Sun - ...West St. Paul. There are three other nominated candidates running for MLA of the riding. Shannon Martin, MLA for Morris, was nominated by the PCs. Greg McFarlane, former Seven Oaks School Division Trustee, was nominated by the NDP. John Cacyuran, a former investigator for the Liquor and Gaming Authority of...

Ex-radio host running for office

July 8, 2019

Winnipeg Free Press - ...candidate in the newly-created constituency of McPhillips, in northwest Winnipeg. Other candidates contending for the McPhillips seat are: Greg McFarlane of the NDP, John Cacayuran of the Liberals, and Morris Tory MLA Shannon Martin. Martin decided to run in Winnipeg after his rural riding disappeared...

Former radio host launches independent bid for upcoming provincial election

July 8, 2019

Winnipeg Sun - ...Boulevard and includes the RM of West St. Paul. Current Morris MLA Shannon Martin will carry the banner for the Progressive Conservatives while Greg McFarlane and John Cacayuran will represent the NDP and Liberals, respectively. dunger@postmedia.com Twitter:...

NDP kick off unofficial election campaign

June 23, 2019

Winnipeg Sun - ... 5. Durdana Islam (Seine River) 6. Danielle Adams (Thompson) 7. Elliot Macdonald (Kildonan-River East) 8. George Wong (Fort Richmond) 9. Greg McFarlane (McPhillips) 10. Jamie Moses (St. Vital) 11. Jim Maloway (Elmwood) INCUMBENT 12. Joe McKellep (Assiniboia) 13. Karen Myshkowsky (Southdale) 14....

Supporters make pitch to save Seven Oaks ER, ICU

June 18, 2019

Winnipeg Sun - ...over 7,700 signatures to NDP Leader Wab Kinew at a noon-hour rally outside the Seven Oaks Hospital ER on Tuesday, along with Coalition founder Greg McFarlane. The feisty senior collected 4,000 signatures herself last summer. Kinew promised to present the petition to Pallister at his first opportunity. ...

Garden City resident gathers thousands of signatures to try to save Seven Oaks ER

June 18, 2019

Global News - ...this one go either.” READ MORE: Winnipeg’s Concordia Hospital converts emergency room to urgent care centre The petition came as a surprise to Greg McFarlane, who founded the Save the Seven Oaks ER Coalition. “I didn’t know that she was doing it — all of a sudden at the rally (in May), she comes up...

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