Jon Gerrard

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River Heights

Incumbent since 1999

Jon gerrard

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Political Party: Liberal

Phone: (204) 272-0815

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Provincial Election to Officially be Called This Morning

Tuesday, 06 September 2011 (blog) - Meanwhile, Jon Gerrard and the Liberals will make a community safety announcement at the Burrows Community Centre alongside area candidate Twyla Motkaluk. All three parties have already been campaigning, holding rallies and making announcements for the ...

Official call for Manitoba election comes today

Tuesday, 06 September 2011

Winnipeg Free Press - The NDP currently holds 36 seats in the 57-seat legislature, Hugh McFadyen's Tories have 18 and Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard holds the lone seat for his party. The election will be the first real test of Selinger's popularity. ...

Writ dropped for Manitoba election Oct. 4; Premier Selinger faces 1st real test

Tuesday, 06 September 2011

Brandon Sun - The NDP currently holds 36 seats in the 57-seat legislature, Hugh McFadyen's Tories have 18 and Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard holds the lone seat for his party. The election will be the first real test of Selinger's popularity. ...

They're off... for real

Tuesday, 06 September 2011

Winnipeg Free Press - ... a forum on safer communities in Riverview, a solidly NDP riding. Meanwhile, Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard will spend the morning campaigning in the Burrows riding, where he will also make a crime-related announcement at a neighbourhood community centre.

Manitoba election campaign to start Tuesday as NDP seeks fourth mandate

Tuesday, 06 September 2011

Winnipeg Free Press - Progressive Conservative Leader Hugh McFadyen and Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard are expected to focus on crime and community safety Tuesday — an area where they say the government has fallen short.

Official election launch set for Tuesday morning

Tuesday, 06 September 2011

Winnipeg Free Press - The Conservatives will make an afternoon campaign announcement on crime and host a forum on safer communities in Riverview, a solidly NDP riding. Meanwhile Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard will spend the morning campaigning in the Burrows riding, ...

Liberal candidate hopes to nab longtime Tory seat

Monday, 05 September 2011

Beausejour Review - Trudeau, the son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and MP for the Montreal riding of Papineau, took part in a pasta dinner hosted by Manitoba Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard at the Crescentwood Community Centre. At the rally, Gerrard also announced ...

After 13 years, Manitoba Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard back to party of one

Sunday, 04 September 2011

Winnipeg Free Press - As he gets ready to enter his fourth election campaign as Manitoba Liberal leader, Jon Gerrard must know the feeling. Leader since 1998, he's still standing. But once again he's back to where he started — as a party of one. Not that he really got that ...

Too early to care about election

Sunday, 04 September 2011

Winnipeg Sun - Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard admits many voters are more preoccupied with the final days of summer than the election. “There's a lot of people who are really just starting to think about it,” he said. “I think it's going to speed up after the Labour Day ...

Tories, so far, stay vague on education policies

Saturday, 03 September 2011

Winnipeg Free Press - Liberal leader Dr. Jon Gerrard says the Grits would move to paying 80 per cent of the existing education operating budget through general revenues — a promise that means finding about $300 million now covered by education property taxes. ...

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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