The race for the Southdale constituency in the upcoming Manitoba election has taken an interesting turn with the entry of former Member of Parliament and mayoral candidate Dr. Robert Falcon Ouellette as the Liberal Party’s latest high-profile candidate. Currently held by PC Health Minister Audrey Gordon, the seat promises to be fiercely contested, with Ouellette’s entrance significantly boosting the Liberal Party’s chances. However, NDP candidate Renée Cable, with her impressive qualifications and experience, is also poised to challenge the incumbent.
The incumbent MLA, Audrey Gordon, emerged victorious in the 2019 election by a narrow margin. Her success was partly attributed to favourable ward redistricting, which was crucial in her win. However, retaining the seat in the upcoming election presents a daunting task for Gordon due to the challenges faced by the Progressive Conservative (PC) government regarding healthcare. This issue has plagued them during their tenure.
Under the leadership of Premier Pallister, the PC government has struggled with healthcare, with frequent changes in health ministers over the past four years. Manitoba has witnessed skyrocketing hospital wait times, service cuts, ER room closures, and significant difficulties recruiting doctors and healthcare workers. These issues have reflected poorly on the PCs and Minister Audrey Gordon, who has been at the forefront of managing the healthcare portfolio.
Dr. Robert Falcon Ouellette’s entry into the race brings a fresh perspective and a wealth of experience. Having previously served as a Member of Parliament and contested mayoral elections, Ouellette has demonstrated his ability to lead and govern effectively. His educational background and strong communication skills make him a formidable contender for the Southdale MLA seat.
Renée Cable, the NDP candidate for Southdale, poses a significant challenge to both the incumbent and Ouellette. With a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, a diploma in Human Resource Management, and a management certificate from the University of Winnipeg, Cable brings a solid academic foundation to her campaign. Furthermore, her role as the head of the Winnipeg office of the Now Group, a creative advertising agency, highlights her experience managing complex projects and campaigns.
Manitobans deserve the best representation and an efficient healthcare system regardless of party affiliations. The constituents of Southdale, particularly, have witnessed the repercussions of the PC government’s handling of healthcare issues. Gordon’s inheriting of the health portfolio was a trial by fire for the rooky Minister. Still, for a person with a lengthy career in the healthcare industry, she sits on the cusp of a -D to an F for handling the healthcare portfolio.
The entry of Ouellette and Cable into the race raises the prospect of change, as they both possess the necessary credentials, experience, and willingness to address the tough questions that matter to voters.
As the Manitoba election approaches, the race for the Southdale MLA seat has become increasingly intriguing. Dr. Robert Falcon Ouellette’s candidacy injects new energy into the Liberal Party’s campaign, while Renée Cable, the NDP candidate, presents a formidable challenge to the incumbent. With the winds of change blowing, who will emerge victorious in October remains to be seen. However, one thing is certain: the residents of Southdale are eager to move on from Gordon for a representative who will prioritize their needs and work towards building a more efficient healthcare system.