Donnie Benham

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Political Party: Green

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Landslide win for Pallister

Wednesday, 05 September 2012

Portage Daily Graphic - The NDP's Brandy Schmidt, the Green Party's Donnie Benham, and independent Darrell Ackman also ran. Ackman, who garnered the most headlines during the campaign after announcing his candidacy shortly after being charged with prostitution- and child ...

Pallister wins in Fort Whyte

Wednesday, 05 September 2012

Portage Daily Graphic - The Green Party's Donnie Benham and New Democratic Party's Brandy Schmidt were well back. Independent candidate Darrell Ackman had collected only three votes. Voters went to the polls one month and one day after the NDP government called the ...

Manitoba's new Opposition leader wins byelection for legislature seat

Wednesday, 05 September 2012

Global Winnipeg - Pallister defeated the NDP's Brandy Schmidt, the Liberals' Bob Axworthy, the Green Party's Donnie Benham and an independent candidate named Darrel Ackman who is facing child pornography charges. The victory means Pallister will get to sit across from ...

Pallister Wins Fort Whyte Byelection

Wednesday, 05 September 2012 - ... the Tory's tradition of holding the south Winnipeg riding. The seat was left vacant after former PC leader Hugh McFadyen resigned in July. Other candidates in the byelection were Bob Axworthy (Liberal), Brandy Schmidt (NDP), and Donnie Benham (Green).

Polls close in Fort Whyte

Wednesday, 05 September 2012

Winnipeg Free Press - Fort Whyte is considered a safe Tory seat and the party is running its new leader, Brian Pallister, against the NDP's Brandy Schmidt and the Liberals' Bob Axworthy, and Donnie Benham for the Green Party. Darrell Ackman is also on the ballot as an ...

What you need to know to vote in Fort Whyte

Tuesday, 04 September 2012

Portage Daily Graphic - Donnie Benham, the son of former River Heights city councillor and Sun reporter Donald Benham, is running for the Greens. Meanwhile, the Liberals have nominated Lloyd Axworthy's brother Bob. The NDP candidate, for the record, is Brandy Schmidt, who as ...

Byelection Under Way In Winnipeg

Tuesday, 04 September 2012

Portage Online - ... opponent in the last election. The five candidates vying for the seat are Independent Darrell Ackman, Bob Axworthy of the Liberals, Donnie Benham representing the Green Party, Brian Pallister, the Conservative leader, and Brandy Schmidt of the NDP.

Fort Whyte byelection polls open

Tuesday, 04 September 2012

Updated News - Donnie Benham, Green Party. Brian Pallister, Progressive Conservative. Brandy Schmidt, New Democratic Party. Elections Manitoba officials say 1,553 people have already voted in advance polls in this byelection, which is up from about 1,200 Fort Whyte ...

New Tory leader hopes to secure seat in Manitoba byelection today

Tuesday, 04 September 2012

Global Winnipeg - Donnie Benham, the son of former Winnipeg city councillor Donald Benham, will carry the Green banner in Fort Whyte. Ackman is out on bail after being charged earlier this summer with living off the avails of prostitution, sexual assault, sexual interference, ...

Fort Whyte goes to polls to pick new MLA

Tuesday, 04 September 2012

Winnipeg Free Press - Brandy Schmidt is running for the NDP in Fort Whyte and Donnie Benham is the Green party candidate. Pallister, a former MLA and MP, is favoured to win the riding that has gone to the Conservatives ever since its creation in 1999. McFadyen took more than ...

Questionnaire Response

Donnie Benham - Fort Whyte 2012 By-Election

Why did you decide to run in the 2012 Manitoba by-election?

I want to be the voice for the people of Fort Whyte. I will provide the real opposition voice that this province needs. The Green Party and I are ready to bring Manitoba into the 21st century.

What experience will you bring to compliment your role as MLA?

I've spent the majority of my career ensuring the safety of persons and property. I understand the basic desire for protection, and I now feel I need to carry that beyond home and work. I will start by protecting our resources and our environment. I think the NDP has been lax in its efforts to protect that which is most precious to us, our backyards, our pocketbooks. They are happy to throw our money at their problems, but continue to deliver little in the way of real social progress. We are ready to change things.

Is there anything in particular you would like to change in our province? In your electoral division?

There are a multitude of changes the Green Party would like to make to this province, which can be viewed at The first thing I would start with is my Honesty in Politics act. The pledge I made to the voters, and which was refused by Mr. Pallister, was to promise to serve my full term, in order to avoid another costly, unnecessary by-election. If I resigned before my term, as Mr. McFadyen and Mr. Pallister and another 10 MLAs have done in the last 15 years, I would agree to give back the government contributions to my pension. I would hope that this would inspire a spirit of loyalty to the voters, and ensure that civic duties aren't taken so lightly.

What values or ideals will you adhere to if elected?

The Greens are ready to provide the real alternative for Manitobans. We want our government to be addressing the real concerns of our people. Instead of making token progress, like extending Sunday hours, the Greens would be passing legislation that protected our forests, our rivers and lakes, our invaluable assets which we hold dear. We would be making investments in society with programs like guaranteed annual income and addressing the root causes of homelessness and poverty. We want to make our tax dollars go farther and keep Manitoba moneyin Manitoba. We would start by ensuring a "made in Manitoba" buying policy for the government and ask our businesses to do the same.

What do you enjoy most about the Fort Whyte electoral division?

What makes the Fort Whyte area great is the residents' connection to Nature. They have a pristine wilderness environment right in their own backyards. In Fort Whyte Alive our populace can learn about and interact with Nature in meaningful ways. This is something I wish to provide all Manitobans, a rich and beautiful province with a thriving ecology and non-exploitive resource handling.

Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

I want everyone to get out the vote. If you're someone who takes politics seriously you have to know it isn't enough just to go vote on your own anymore. In a time when voter turnout is at its lowest, we all have to try a little harder in order to make democracy work and get everyone involved. This September 4th, and in any election hereafter, don't just go vote by yourself. Take a friend, take a few, make it a group thing, convince them they should execute their rights. Do whatever it takes to get more voices heard.

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