Churchill-Keewatinook Aski candidate questionnaire: Cyara Bird, Conservative Party

The Flin Flon Reminder sent 13 questions to all of the candidates running to become the next Churchill-Keewatinook Aski MP in the Oct. 21 election. Four of them provided answers. People's Party of Canada candidate Kenneth Klyne did not respond.

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What do you feel are your qualifications for federal office?

I was born in a small town in Manitoba to a single mother. I saw her make difficult decisions to help us get by. I understand the issues that the residents of Churchill-Keewatinook-Aski face because I am one. I am running to champion the residents of Northern Manitoba so they can get ahead, not just get by.

What is your plan for the future the economy? What role will industry/mining play in that plan?

Canada’s Conservatives will work to attract better, higher-paying jobs to Manitoba and to Canada. Justin Trudeau’s destructive tax-and-spend agenda has made our natural resource sector less competitive. I am proud of our natural resource industry and I want to bring attention to our natural resource sector because it is important.

What have been the main issues you’ve heard from people in this riding?

The two biggest things I’ve been hearing at the doors are health care and affordability. One thing has remained clear, life has gotten more expensive under Justin Trudeau. We are investing in health care and we have a plan to help Canadians get ahead, not just get by.

What measures to benefit Northern Manitoba would you wish to add to a federal budget?

Canada’s Conservatives are the only party fighting for rural Canadians. The Conservative plan to support rural communities will ensure that all cabinet decisions have a rural perspective, and we will ensure that government programs consider the life conditions and unique experiences of Canadians in rural regions.

What is your plan regarding northern health care? What role can the federal government play in health issues?

Under a new Conservative government, Canadians will be able to count on stable and predictable health and social program funding. Andrew Scheer’s health and social program guarantee is a commitment to maintain and increase the Canada Health Transfer and the Canada Social Transfer by at least three per cent per year.

What are your main concerns regarding environmental conservation? Do you support a carbon tax?

The Liberal carbon tax hits Canadian families the hardest, with higher costs of gasoline, groceries, and home heating. And as an environmental policy, the carbon tax is – by every possible measure and projection – a failure of epic proportions. A Conservative government will scrap the carbon tax. We also have a real plan to help the environment.

Where do you stand on immigration to Canada? What impact do you think immigration could have for the north?

A Conservative government will immediately work to restore the fairness, order, and compassion of our immigration system. Andrew Scheer has committed to setting immigration levels consistent with what is in Canada’s best interests. That number may change every year to reflect what Northern Manitoba and Canada needs, and who needs Canada.

What is your stance on electoral reform? Would changing Canada’s electoral system be a priority for you?

Canada’s Conservatives are focused on bringing forward policies that benefit people over government. Electoral reform is simply not a high priority for Canadians who are having a hard time getting ahead. An Andrew Scheer-led Conservative government will be focused on working tirelessly to put more money in the pockets of hard working Canadians.

What measures would you propose to help remote Indigenous communities?

Conservatives are focused on bringing forward policies that make real and measurable improvements in the lives of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. Conservatives support effective investments in important areas, such as access to housing, health services, and good quality drinking water. It is critical that government spending translates into meaningful results on the ground.

How do you feel about negative campaigning? Would you consider you and/or your party to be running a clean campaign? What about your opponents?

Over the course of this campaign I have been focusing on sharing a positive message, and sharing Andrew Scheer’s positive vision for Canada. I’m focused more on what I can do to help the people of Churchill-Keewatinook Aski.

What policy or practice do you disagree with your party on and why? Would you consider breaking rank with the party on that issue?

I believe in Andrew Scheer’s strong, positive, Conservative vision for Canada and that’s why I chose to run with them.

In 30 words or less–what is your elevator pitch for undecided voters?

I am a young Indigenous woman, a mother of two, and a proud Canadian. I am running because I will work tirelessly to represent the residents of Churchill – Keewatinook – Aski.

What question do you wish we would have asked?

“How do you plan on being an effective voice for this riding?” I have a strong voice and I don’t take no for an answer. I’m tired of people preaching advocacy for the north with there being no action behind it. I will bring positive attention to the north. We need better up here.

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