St Vital Candidates: Winnipeg Without Poverty 2018 Questionnaire Responses

St. Vital

Candidates: Brian Mayes, Baljeet Sharma

  1. Will you be a champion for a Winnipeg Without Poverty and commit to leading the development of a comprehensive poverty reduction plan for Winnipeg with progress indicators that have targets and timelines?

Brian Mayes:

I will commit to continue to work to reduce poverty in Winnipeg. I think this Council has taken action in certain areas – such as homelessness – to work towards this.  A comprehensive plan would be great but it really rests on the other levels of government – which have far greater resources – to take the lead.

Baljeet Sharma:

Thanks for your e mail regarding issues related to poverty and its repercussions on various aspects of life. I am aware of situation and acknowledge that it does require attention.

  1. What specific actions will you take to reduce poverty in Winnipeg via the City of Winnipeg?

Brian Mayes:

Specific actions. Continue to support grants to address homelessness and support for Siloam Mission. I would like City to support Main St Project capital campaign.  I am very proud that l led the creation of the City’s new Food Council which is trying to increase viability of community gardens in low income areas. Continue to support youthunited@winnipeg, a new City funded program that brings together inner city and suburban youth to work/ study in the City’s core.

Baljeet Sharma:

As you mentioned that some work has been done in this area and it needs to be carried on. I do assure you issues of this nature that has direct effect on people wiil be given priority.

  1. How will you work with community groups and people with lived experience of poverty?

Brian Mayes:

In terms of relating , I continue to support the work of the Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre on Morrow, the area in my ward with the lowest median income.

Baljeet Sharma:

Again i can only help if i have your support only.

  1. Anything further to add?

Brian Mayes:

I was pleased to write this week to commit financial support ( if re-elected) to a program designed by Kate Sjoberg for low income families in St Vital with students in the Louis Riel School Division. Poverty exists in the suburbs – and we need to realize this and address it and I am proud to see the school division taking this initiative,

Baljeet Sharma:

Thanking you with an appeal to galvanize the support of all concerned organisations to come forward with full support so that issued can be addressed.

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