Donnie Benham

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Political Party: Green

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What you need to know to vote in Fort Whyte

Tuesday, 04 September 2012

Winnipeg Sun - 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 ...

Hundreds cast advance votes in Fort Whyte byelection

Monday, 27 August 2012

Brandon Sun - “He should not be allowed to run. If he gets elected, I'm moving,” Jim Forsyth said. Brandy Schmidt is running for the NDP, Bob Axworthy for the Liberals and Donnie Benham for the Greens. » Winnipeg Free Press. Republished from the Brandon Sun print ...

Controversial Fort Whyte candidate has OK to run: lawyer

Monday, 27 August 2012

Updated News - Since Ackman has about 130 signatures, he is still eligible to run in the byelection, Glazer said. Also running in Fort Whyte are new PC Leader Brian Pallister, NDP candidate Brandy Schmidt, Liberal Bob Axworthy, and Green Party candidate Donnie Benham.

Ballots cast in Fort Whyte as advance polls open

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Winnipeg Free Press - Donnie Benham (Green party): Benham, son of former Winnipeg city councillor Donald Benham, ran in Tuxedo in the 2011 provincial election. He works in security at the city's airport. Darrell Ackman (Independent): Ackman was charged earlier this year with ...

Advance voting begins in Fort Whyte

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Global Winnipeg - New PC Leader Brian Pallister is running and considered the heavy favourite to win what many consider to be a safe Tory seat. The other candidates are Independent Darrell Ackman, Liberal Bob Axworthy, Green Donnie Benham and NDPer Brandy Schmidt.

Fort Whyte advance polls open Saturday

Friday, 24 August 2012

Winnipeg Sun - ... such as a driver's license, or two other documents with their name. Tory leader Brian Pallister, Liberal Bob Axworthy, the NDP's Brandy Schmidt, the Green Party's Donnie Benham and independent candidate Darrell Ackman are all on the ballot.

Campaigning at a sprint

Friday, 24 August 2012

Winnipeg Free Press - Green party member Donnie Benham, 24, entered the ring to represent Manitoba's fourth party and get more experience campaigning. He ran for the Greens in Tuxedo in the fall provincial election. Benham, the son of former city councillor Donald Benham, ...

Byelection candidate 'destroyed' alleged victim's life

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Updated News - ... the resignation of Hugh McFadyen, former leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. Also running in Fort Whyte are new PC Leader Brian Pallister, NDP candidate Brandy Schmidt, Liberal Bob Axworthy, and Green Party candidate Donnie Benham.

Tory leader keeps address private

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Brandon Sun - "In 2011, it never became an issue. No candidate came to me and said, 'I don't want to list my home address,' " she said. Fort Whyte candidates also include the NDP's Brandy Schmidt, the Green party's Donnie Benham and independent Darrell Ackman.

What were those people thinking?

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Brandon Sun - And if he can be on the ballot, then he should also be able to campaign on a level playing field with the other candidates Pallister; Bob Axworthy (Liberal); Brandy Schmidt (NDP); and Donnie Benham (Green). Ackman's bail condictions place restrictions on his ...

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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