Andrew Swan

Andrew Swan
Political Party: NDP
Phone: 204-615-6411
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A Tory Tidal Wave Sweeps NDP From Office

April 19, 2016

CJOB - One of the rebel five, Andrew Swan retains his seat for the NDP in Minto, and Kevin Chief is returning to the legislature after winning the Point Douglas constituency. James Allum also won his seat in Fort Garry-Riverview defeating the Green party ...

Rebel Five member Andrew Swan re elected in Minto

April 19, 2016

CTV News - The only remaining member of the Rebel Five has held on to his seat. Andrew Swan was re-elected in the constituency of Minto. Swan was one of five cabinet ministers who tried to oust Greg Selinger as leader in 2014. The riding has been an NDP ...

Manitoba Election 2016: Minto riding

April 16, 2016 - Summary: Incumbent MLA Andrew Swan is the only remaining member of the 'rebel five' running for the NDP, the five cabinet ministers who spoke out against the premier following the PST hike. Swan will try to hold on to the riding for the NDP against a ...

Taman quits police commission

April 15, 2016

Winnipeg Free Press - Under the Manitoba Police Act, the only involvement the commission has with the IIU is appointing civilian monitors to oversee some of its investigations. In 2014, then-justice minister Andrew Swan announced that eight existing police officers were ...

Minto candidate wants farmers' excess veggies

April 11, 2016

Winnipeg Sun - NDP candidate Andrew Swan is the incumbent in Minto. The Tories are running Belinda Squance, the Liberal candidate is Demetre Balaktsis, and the Greens are putting up Martha Jo Willard. Virgil Gil is running for the Manitoba Party and the Communist ...

Minto candidates share their platforms

April 11, 2016

Winnipeg Free Press - The Metro contacted candidates in the April 19 provincial election to answer questions for voters. Below are responses from Minto candidates Martha Jo Willard (Green), Belinda Squance (PC), Andrew Swan (NDP), Demetre Balaktsis (Lib), Andrew Taylor ...

CTV Winnipeg

April 6, 2016

CTV News - Andrew Swan is the incumbent for the electoral division of Minto. Manitoba election 2016 candidates: - Demetre Balaktsis (Liberal) - Virgil Gil (Manitoba Party) - Andrew Taylor (Communist Party of Canada - Manitoba) - Belinda Squance (PC) - Andrew Swan ...

LOCAL HEROES: Gala honours 'everyday people doing extraordinary things'

April 3, 2016

Winnipeg Sun - Incumbent Minto MLA and ex-justice minister Andrew Swan joined four cabinet ministers to ask · Last rebel standing: Andrew Swan taking campaign in stride · Green NDP pamphlet · NDP attack Greens in Wolseley pamphlet · Greg Selinger · NDP would build ...

NDP would build $25 M worth of daycares

April 3, 2016

Winnipeg Sun - Incumbent Minto MLA and ex-justice minister Andrew Swan joined four cabinet ministers to ask · Last rebel standing: Andrew Swan taking campaign in stride · Green NDP pamphlet · NDP attack Greens in Wolseley pamphlet · Greg Selinger · NDP would build ...

Brandon candidates lose participation marks for skipping uni debate

April 2, 2016

Winnipeg Sun - Incumbent Minto MLA and ex-justice minister Andrew Swan joined four cabinet ministers to ask. Last rebel standing: Andrew Swan taking campaign in stride · Greg Selinger · NDP would build $25-M worth of daycares · Jets v Wild. Jets try to spoil Wild party.

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Questionnaire Response

Andrew Swan - Minto

1. Why did you decide to run in the 2016 Manitoba election?

It’s simple – being the MLA for Minto is a great job! I have been proud to serve as the MLA for Minto for 12 years. I have met thousands of diverse West End residents and had the chance to help many of them out. As an experienced lawyer, I know how to listen, to advocate, to negotiate, and to fight for people’s rights when needed. As the only Minto candidate with children in the Winnipeg School Division, families know my commitment to public education (and see me supporting our schools all the time!) and I want to continue to make sure our schools prepare our young people for great careers right here in Manitoba. I also want to continue to make sure Manitobans don’t have to relive the reckless cuts that hurt so many families in the 1990’s.

2. What experience will you bring to complement your role as MLA?

First, as an active and engaged MLA for Minto since 2004, I have a deep understanding of the issues in Winnipeg’s West End. Before being elected, I practiced law for fourteen years at a large law firm. For five years I served as the Justice Minister and Attorney-General, and led balanced measures to improve the effectiveness of the criminal justice system, reducing crime severity across Manitoba by 39%. My experience as a lawyer has been equally helpful in finding the right ways to assist people, providing the skills to advocate for others and, frankly, providing me with the ability not to take the uglier side of politics too personally.

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

I am a strong proponent of the Block By Block program, now operating in the North End through my work as Minister of Justice. Based on a violent-reduction project in Glasgow, Scotland, and pioneered in Canada in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, it brings together police, education staff, health care providers, social workers, and agencies to find solutions for families in difficulty. When a family is in crisis, we need to get assistance to them right away. The time has come for this approach to be brought to the West End and elsewhere – I know it will result in positive outcomes by reduced police involvement, fewer apprehensions by child welfare, fewer emergency room visits, and better school attendance. Manitobans know that community-based programs are effective and save money in the long run; the cuts proposed by the Conservatives put these types of initiatives on the chopping block. That’s a risk we cannot afford.

4. What key issue(s) / topic(s) would like to stand for in your role as MLA, and why is it important to you?

We have made steady progress on issues West End families care about: better health care closer to home, quality public education, fair working conditions and a better minimum wage, affordable university and college tuition, and support for excellent community organizations like Spence Neighbourhood Association and the Daniel McIntyre St. Matthews Community Association. If I had to pick one, it would be continuing to be a champion for not only quality K-12 education but also accessible and affordable post-secondary options. It means the world to West End families.

5. What is one thing in particular that you value about the electoral division that you wish to represent?

Diversity! Winnipeg’s West End has always been a place where people have come to build a new life – over time, that has meant immigration from many different parts of the world. A walk or drive up and down Ellice or Sargent Avenue makes that very clear. I learn something new every day from the people I have had the honour to represent for the last 12 years. My colleagues in the Legislature only wish they had the ethnic stores and restaurants I enjoy in the West End!

6. Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

People in the West End, and elsewhere, know that I am committed to serve this province for the long term. Many of the projects I pioneered took time to come to fruition, and some are still in development. I had the courage to bring in amendments to the Human Rights Code to protect transgender individuals and those who are socially disadvantaged. I had the foresight to introduce Canada’s first standalone restorative justice law, and Manitoba’s first mental health court, to advance better ways to make offenders deal with their actions and change their behaviour. I had the compassion to fight for better federal laws to stop criminalizing victims of sexual exploitation, and instead target the johns, pimps, and drug dealers that impact the West End. And I’m just getting started.