Monday, September 26, 2011

What Happened @ GET REAL Point Douglas



GET REAL was a candidates forum where provincial Point Douglas candidates must face the youth they are trying to represent.  Each candidate will introduce themselves and participate in an introductory activity.  Then, we will move to the forum portion where students can ask their yes or no questions to the candidates. The candidates CANNOT SPEAK to answer the question, and must instead, concurrently hold up their YES/NO response to that youth’s question. At the end, each candidate will be given 5 minutes to explain their answers before the event comes to a conclusion.
Candidates in Attendance:
Kevin Chief – NDP
Teresa Pun – Green Party
Mary Lou Bourgeois – Liberal Party
This was a youth focused candidate’s forum for Point Douglas (North End) in which Kevin Chief (NDP), Mary Lou Bourgeois (Liberal Party) and Teresa Pun (Green Party) will faced off with one another. John Vernaus sent his campaign manager, Chris, in person to deliver regrets. The following questions were drafted at Get Informed in late August.

Note: the following details are the Yes or No Responses. More info will be shared soon from each candidate!

GET REAL Youth Questions

  1. Will you support building Bipole 3 on the West Wide of Lake Manitoba?
Kevin

Mary Lou

Teresa


  1. Natural resource extraction is a hot topic right now in the world. Do you support the XL Pipeline that will provide crude oil to customers from the United States?
Kevin

Mary Lou

Teresa


  1. Youth are getting involved in programs that end suddenly after 1 or 2 years. Will you make a plan to solve the funding crisis that is happening for youth programs in the inner city?
Kevin

Mary Lou

Teresa


  1. Will you put a cap on class sizes?
Kevin

Mary Lou

Teresa

            Would it be as small as 20?
Kevin

Mary Lou

Teresa


  1. Is there a plan in pace to support grade 11 and 12 students that are not served by the Pathways to Education Program?
Kevin

Mary Lou

Teresa


  1. Young people are the experts on their own engagement.  AYO has the capacity to train and enable inner city youth to become ‘youth engagement’ facilitators. Will your government allow/support young people to become trained facilitators of youth engagement?
Kevin

Mary Lou

Teresa


  1. would you support the articles of the UNDRIP in terms of working with the communities many PD residents come from?
Kevin

Mary Lou

Teresa


  1. Would you support the formation of an independent nation state for Aboriginal people within Canada?
Kevin

Mary Lou

Teresa


  1. Do you want more cops on the North End streets?
Kevin

Mary Lou

Teresa


  1. Do you believe that victims of childhood abuse can be rehabilitated?  
Kevin

Mary Lou

Teresa


  1. Our 13-18 year olds are doing a lot of crime in our community.  The programs that these young people attend are not resourced to provide the type of care that they need. Will you increase funding to after school programs for:
    1. Aboriginal youth?
Kevin

Mary Lou

Teresa

    1. Boys in the inner city?
Kevin

Mary Lou

Teresa

    1. youth at risk of suicide
Kevin

Mary Lou

Teresa


  1. Do you have Facebook? Can we be your friend?
Kevin

Mary Lou

Teresa



Afterwards, we had a few questions from the floor.

  1. Politicians always play hardball. Will you guys start to work together, cooperatively instead of constantly fighting?
Kevin

Mary Lou

Teresa


  1. Do you think politicians and the party system are like gangs?
Kevin

Mary Lou

Teresa


  1. Would you be willing to change the current party system so it does not negatively influence gang behaviours?
Kevin

Mary Lou

Teresa


  1. Do you have any positive resources from the campaign talking about GOOD things in our neighborhood?
Kevin

Mary Lou

Teresa


  1. Will you be willing to work with one another even after the election, regardless of the outcome?
Kevin

Mary Lou

Teresa


More info coming tomorrow!

Thank you so much to all the candidates for coming out, and John for sending a rep to give his regrets in person.  Thank you for taking the time to listen to our youth, and GET REAL.

Don’t forget to check out North End votes TONIGHT at the Indian and Metis Friendship Centre (45 Robinson)


Love and Respect

MC

No comments:

Post a Comment

North End MC

My photo
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Representin the North End of Winnipeg since 1987. I will share my journey tryna set an example and live a proud Cree life. I'll include my challenges and feelings and progress in terms of AYO! Aboriginal Youth Opportunities. You(th) are the reason.

Tetris