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Candidate in the 2010 River East - Transcona - 1 (2010) School Ward race.
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Why did you decide to run in the 2010 school board election?
The education business is really the people business - big people and little people - but you need to have the facilities to get things done. I alone openly opposed the School Board's initiative to close Westview and Sherwood schools at the Board table and in the school gymnasiums, I also appeared before the Legislative Committee as an elected trustee in support of Bill 28 - a provincial initiative to freeze school closures across the province. This bill was passed into law by the Manitoba Legislature - the highest authority in our province. The closer the child is to her school the better - especially for early years children.
What experience will you bring to complement your role as school trustee?
I hold an Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg, a Masters of Public Affairs degree from the University of Manitoba and two Certificates in the French language from College Universitaire de Saint-Boniface and L'Alliance Francaise. I am a veteran trustee, presently a member of the River East Transcona School Board, an alumnus of Transcona Springfield School Board, an alumnus of Winnipeg City Council and a Past President and Honourary Life member of the Manitoba School Boards Association.
What are the major issues you would like to stand for and why did you choose these issues?
The retention of the present model - the delivery of educational services through a duly elected school board - which has the power to levy. This approach allows the better targeting of dollars, a quicker reponse to community aspirations, and greater professional freedom to those who serve our children. A similar provincial tax on property would make local educational decisions more distant and less reponsive while not changing the impact on the property tax payer. This could happen - as in other jurisdictions - either through provincial ideology or poor school boards performance. Removing school tax from property completely - which is a provincial responsibility and not a school board one - would significantly impact other taxes and make our province less competitive. No school trustee, yours truly included, has enough broader provincial understanding, to make that call - it is fodder for our MLAs. Trustee aspirants, who embrace such advocacy, are taking a popular position, which has no substance and is beyond their responsibility.
Is there anything in particular you would like to change in your school division? In your ward?
I would introduce a division wide bus and lunch program policy like we had in Transcona Springfield. The present policy punishes the urban student despite the fact that the urban community pays 80 to 85 % of transportation costs which fall into local levy beyond the provincial grants - running into hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?
My candidacy is about our children - our treasure - our hope - our future, The Haida first nation in British Columbia say it best - "We do not inherit the land from our ancestors - we borrow it from our children.
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