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Ralph McLean - The Pas - Kameesak
1. Why did you decide to run in the Manitoba election?
I am running because I feel northerners have been ignored for far too long. The other parties have neglected us, and it has evolved into an abusive relationship with our government. We need a stronger voice, someone who is present, engaging and proactive. We are paying for government services in the north that we are not receiving, which includes provincial and federal elected representatives who have been conspicuously absent. Greens do politics differently; we flip politics on its head and we put constituents back in charge. If I am your elected representative on election night. You are my boss, and I’m your employee. People have forgotten that government is supposed to work for you, not the other way around.
2. Why should a voter consider electing you to represent them?
I am from The Pas and my family still lives here. I have come back to the community in the last couple years to fight for it because of provincial and federal government neglect and if we keep going down this path we are doomed. No one is fighting for us and no one knows we even exist. This endless seesaw of voting in the other parties is getting us zero progress. Two times zero is still zero. If I do just one thing in my time in office, it will be one thing more than either the NDP or PCs have done in the last 20 years. I can promise absolutely nothing other than fighting for you, kicking and screaming, and standing in people’s doorways to get the attention you deserve. When you mark your ballot, it is because you want progress, not to be ignored. I will give my support to any party on any vote that best helps the north. I have 12 years of billion dollar capital infrastructure project experience in a supervisory/management role where my job was to fix chaos where we had thousands of bottlenecks and production delays.
3. What key issue(s) / topic(s) will you stand for in your role as MLA, and why are these important to you?
Greens have a platform, but it is the constituents we are fighting for, so I am not going to tell you what I am going to do, you are going to tell me what to do. Again, you are my boss if elected on election night.
My conversations with constituents at the door include a wide-ranging issues and topics. The biggest concern is health care cuts and the fact that hundreds of seniors have to travel to Winnipeg on their own dime to access basic medical services that is not available in the north. Other conversations are centered around lack of affordable housing for seniors, new arrivals to our communities and the ever-growing homeless population.
We have a substantive infrastructure deficit that has exponentially grown with decades of neglect to the point that it is now detrimental to us being able to grow in the north because we cannot encourage new people and new businesses to move here.
Critical infrastructure just in the town of The Pas needs provincial help now. Specifically, this is the sewage lagoon upgrade. If we don’t act very soon, we won’t be able to flush a toilet in 5 years.
4. Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?
When they were looking for volunteers, I put my hand up. When I look at the other candidates, I don’t get a warm fuzzy feeling from them, just more of the same feeling of dread. I really hope you are interested in not being ignored anymore. I have come back to fight for my hometown, the north and the riding in general. I’m fighting for every single dollar, every single job and every single person in the north. I will work with anyone from any party to ensure we see progress. If I am elected, as a Green I’m duty bound to govern in the best interests of all constituents. So regardless of your political stripe, be it Green, NDP, Liberal or PC, you are still my boss and you will still have a voice in the legislature. I want you yelling at me for four years, it will be the only way I know that something is wrong. I promise I won’t fill out a hurt feelings report. You should be mad, angry actually. Mark your ballot to stop being ignored and choose Ralph McLean Green Party of Manitoba.
News that mentions Ralph McLean
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October 21, 2019
Winnipeg Sun - ... Melissa Penner CHP 156 Brian Ho IND 130 Churchill-Keewatinook Aski 110:155 xNiki Ashton NDP 7,724 Cyara Bird CON 3,880 Judy Klassen LIB 2,692 Ralph McLean GRN 869 Ken Klyne PPC 239 Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa 216:235 Dan Mazier CON 23,609 Laverne Lewycky NDP 5,099 Cathy Scofield-Singh LIB 4,807 ...
September 23, 2019
CTV - ...Party* Cyara Bird - Conservative Party of Canada Judy Klassen – Liberal Party of Canada Kenneth M. Klein – People’s Party of Canada Ralph McLean – Green Party of Canada Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa Frank Godon – People’s Party of Canada Jenni Johnson – Christian Heritage Party ...
September 23, 2019
CTV - ...Democratic Party* Cyara Bird - Conservative Party of Canada Judy Klassen – Liberal Party of Canada Ken Klyne – People’s Party of Canada Ralph McLean – Green Party of Canada Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa Frank Godon – People’s Party of Canada Jenni Johnson – Christian Heritage Party of...
September 20, 2019
CBC Manitoba - ...the drum at Thursday's forum. (Ramraajh Sharvendiran/CBC) The Liberal candidate was joined by Conservative candidate Cyara Bird, Green candidate Ralph McLean, and incumbent NDP MP Niki Ashton. In 2015, Ashton won the riding with 14,269 of the votes, while Liberal candidate Rebecca Chartrand trailed...
September 19, 2019
Thompson Citizen - ...Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO). NDP candidate Niki Ashton, Conservative candidate Cyara Bird, Liberal candidate Judy Klassen and Green candidate Ralph McLean have confirmed their attendance with organizers. article continues below The event will include a panel discussion where First Nations citizens...
Niki Ashton says NDP will offer real alternative for Northern Manitobans in Oct. 21 federal election
September 11, 2019
Thompson Citizen - ...that the Churchill-Keewatinook Aski race will be a five-way contest between Ashton, Liberal Judy Klassen, Conservative Cyara Bird, Green candidate Ralph McLean and People’s Party of Canada candidate Kenneth Klyne. It projected the Liberal party to win nearly 38 per cent of the popular vote and Ashton 36.3...
September 10, 2019
The Reminder - ...received 1,941 votes with 35 of 54 polls reporting, leads second-place PC Ron Evans by a massive margin. Evans has received 704 votes so far. Green Ralph McLean is in third with 513 votes. Province-wide, the PC party has a confirmed majority, slated to win 35 seats to the NDP’s 19 and the Liberals’...
September 10, 2019
The Reminder - ... The Pas-Kameesak has will also likely see an NDP win, as Amanda Lathlin leads PC Ron Evans by over 750 votes with 24 of 54 polls reporting. Ralph McLean, the Green candidate, is in third place. With numbers rolling in province-wide, there’s a return to form for the PC party across much of...
September 10, 2019
The Reminder - ...win for NDP incumbent Amanda Lathlin. At 9 p.m., Lathlin was leading with 769 votes – 618 more votes than PC star candidate Ron Evans. Green Ralph McLean sits third with 79 votes, while Ken Brandt, the Liberal candidate, sits last with 30 votes. The race in Thompson appears close. Kelly Bindle, the...
September 4, 2019
Thompson Citizen - ...become the next Member of Parliament for the Churchill-Keewatinook Aski riding: incumbent Niki Ashton (NDP), Cyara Bird (Progressive Conservatives), Ralph McLean (Green Party), Judy Klassen (Liberals) and Ken Klyne (People’s Party). For more information on these two upcoming elections, please visit the...