Jon Gerrard

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River Heights

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Jon gerrard

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Political Party: Liberal

Phone: (204) 272-0815

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Liberals Would Increase Available Daycare Spots

Friday, 09 September 2011 (blog) - Liberal leader Jon Gerrard announced Friday he would push for more daycare availability and better funding, something he says the NDP has failed to do. “The wait to get a daycare spot in this province is unacceptable and the NDP have failed families,” ...

Tory candidate in Brandon East launches campaign

Friday, 09 September 2011

Brandon Sun - Brandon West and Brandon East Liberal candidates George Buri and Shaun Cameron will be joined by provincial Leader Jon Gerrard as they cut the ribbon on Buri's campaign headquarters in the Corral Centre late this afternoon. Cameron tells the Sun he has ...

Tories pledge $25M to keep kids occupied

Friday, 09 September 2011

Winnipeg Free Press - Earlier in the campaign, Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard promised $4.6 million for community centre programming and hiring more recreational directors. Family Services Minister Gord Mackintosh, a former provincial justice minister, said Thursday the overall ...

More truancy officers needed: Gerrard

Friday, 09 September 2011

Winnipeg Free Press - RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Doubling truancy officers would reduce dropout rates, Jon Gerrard says. Liberal leader Jon Gerrard would double the number of truancy officers in city schools and target them to the inner city to reduce dropout ...

What's that in the sky?

Friday, 09 September 2011

Winnipeg Sun - That's Jon Gerrard's campaign plane, but the Liberal Party doesn't have enough money to put gas in it, so they got a volunteer (with a helicopter) to drag them around the province. (Kidding Jon. Juuust kidding ...) Cool shot. Giant turkey sighting! ...

Manitoba politicians promise tax credits amid doubts that they work

Thursday, 08 September 2011

Global Winnipeg - Manitoba Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard won't be promising small tax credits during the election campaign. "I think they have to be used with very considerable caution and people should be careful about taking these too seriously as more than PR stunts," ...

Manitoba politicians promise tax credits amid doubts that they work

Thursday, 08 September 2011

Winnipeg Free Press - Manitoba Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard won't be promising small tax credits during the election campaign. "I think they have to be used with very considerable caution and people should be careful about taking these too seriously as more than PR stunts," ...

Grits tackle graduation rates

Thursday, 08 September 2011

Winnipeg Sun - Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard has promised $3 million for initiatives to improve the drop-out rate at inner-city high schools. (Winnipeg Sun files) Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard has promised $3 million for initiatives to ...

Gerrard takes aim at truancy, innercity dropout rates

Thursday, 08 September 2011

Brandon Sun - Liberal leader Dr. Jon Gerrard would double to six the number of truant officers in city schools and target them in the inner city to reduce dropout rates. Gerrard also accused the NDP government this morning of deliberately covering up the dropout ...

Manitoba Liberal leader says more truancy officers would cut dropout rate

Thursday, 08 September 2011

Winnipeg Free Press - WINNIPEG - Manitoba Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard is promising to keep kids in school by hiring more truancy officers. Gerrard says a Liberal government would spend an extra $3 million a year to address a shortage of workers. He says the money would be ...

Questionnaire Response

Jon Gerrard - River Heights

Why did you decide to run in the 2011 Manitoba election?

I am seeking re-election because in my 13 years in legislature, the need for improvement in our province has never been more vital. Manitoba deserves a strong, honest, determined leader in order to protect our future, the future of our children and that of our children’s children. I am committed to continue using my experience and work ethic as long as it will benefit the province. As a father and a pediatrician who has taught and researched at the University of Manitoba as well as looked after children with cancer, I have seen the problems in health care first-hand and I see a better way forward. With a degree in economics and experience in the federal cabinet, I see how we can better manage the finances of our province to help facilitate job growth, and improve our industries in Manitoba. With long-term experience in dealing with environmental issues, I see a better approach to environmental stewardship in our province. With elected experience at both the federal (4 years) and provincial (13 years) levels of government, I believe I have the background to make a difference for people in Manitoba.

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

Along with my 13 years of experience as a MLA for River Heights, I was a Member of Parliament for Portage-Interlake from 1993-1997. During this period I served in the federal cabinet as Minister of Science, Research, and Development as well as Minister of Western Economic Development. I played a major role in advancing the Information Highway and in policy initiatives like the Community Access program to help connect Canadians to the Internet. As Minister of Western Economic Development I strongly supported small businesses and entrepreneurs in Western Canada. I brought forward many initiatives to aid the Community Futures Development Program, including initiatives for Youth Entrepreneurs, for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities, and for mentoring and training business development officers. Additionally, I introduced various approaches to foster innovative businesses in the information technology, environmental technology, and biotechnology.

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

I believe there is so much more that must be done in Manitoba to prepare our province for the future. This is why I am seeking re-election. Crime must to be addressed in our community so people feel safe. More programs for youth and seniors are required. Quality education (from early childhood education to post-secondary) is a priority. I believe we must focus on innovative solutions to health care in our province. Wait times for treatment continue to be a problem that I will work to address. Seniors need care so they can live a healthy and affordable lifestyle. They deserve to have more of a voice and be better taken care of whether they live in a personal care home or in their own home. Municipal issues related to infrastructure need to be addressed, as well as our roads demanding major improvements. A water management strategy needs to be put into place. I welcome the opportunity to work with individuals and groups to achieve benefits for all Manitobans.

What is one thing you stand for that is not a part of your political party's platform?

The environmental issues are part of my party’s platform but possibly what the voters don’t know about me is that I deeply care about the environment and I continue to research and write about bald eagles and their habitat.

Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

I have represented River Heights as the MLA in the legislature for 12 years. During this time our Liberal presence in the Legislature, though small, has accomplished numerous victories in the form of improvements for Manitobans. Legislation initiated by myself and Kevin Lamoureux which has passed includes The Apology Act, The Good Samaritan Act, Legislation to provide for 24 hour access to medical records in hospitals and personal care homes, Legislation to improve reporting of medical errors, legislation to facilitate organ donation and legislation to remove phosphorous from automatic dishwasher detergents. In addition, we have promoted many other measures to address poverty, Jordan’s Principle, to improve understanding, diagnosis, prevention, and help for those with FASD, and to improve health and wellness.

What is your favourite location in the electoral division you are currently a candidate for?

My wife and I are River Heights residents and have lived here for many years. I love every part of my community, but one of my favourite things is the arching elm trees on our River Heights streets. I feel they embody the spirit of this wonderful neighbourhood.

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