Christine Melnick

Christine Melnick
Political Party: NDP
Phone: 204-615-8683

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Upsets and surprises across the province

April 19, 2016

Winnipeg Free Press - Christine Melnick, first elected in 2003, is again facing off against Tory Rochelle Squires in a rematch of the 2011 campaign. A one-time cabinet minister, Melnick was booted out of the NDP caucus in 2014 after a run-in with Greg Selinger. She was ...

Manitoba election: 15 constituencies to watch

April 18, 2016 - New Democrat Christine Melnick was once in cabinet, then was out of cabinet. She's been in and out of favour with the party and is now back in the NDP caucus. She's being challenged by the PCs' Rochelle Squires, who was once a party spokesperson.

Bloodied but unbowed

April 14, 2016

Winnipeg Free Press - In 2013, he tossed Riel MLA Christine Melnick from the NDP caucus after she said she was made the scapegoat in a scandal over instructing public servants to attend a political event. Melnick was invited back to caucus in 2014 at the height of the ...

Q and A with Riel candidates

April 11, 2016

Winnipeg Free Press - The Lance contacted candidates in the April 19 provincial election to answer questions for voters. Here are responses from Riel candidates Christine Melnick (NDP), Rochelle Squires (PC), and Neil Johnston (Lib). They have been edited for length and ...

CJOB editorial: Why Brian Pallister should thank labour leader, Paul Moist

April 8, 2016 - Manitoba Conservative Leader Brian Pallister is calling for an inquiry into former immigration minister Christine Melnick. Rudi Pawlychyn / Global News. What is this? Sponsored content is written by Global News' editorial staff without any editorial ...

CTV Winnipeg

April 6, 2016

CTV News - Riel. The electoral division of Riel. CTV Winnipeg Published Wednesday, April 6, 2016 5:40PM CST. Christine Melnick is the incumbent in the electoral division of Riel. Manitoba election 2016 candidates: - Neil Johnston (Liberal) - Christine Melnick (NDP)

PC candidate wearing out a lot of shoe leather on streets

March 31, 2016

Winnipeg Free Press - During the 2011 election campaign, she completed close to three rounds of door-knocking en route to capturing 40 per cent of the vote for the Progressive Conservatives, losing to the NDP's Christine Melnick. "It's a high-energy campaign, and we're ...

PC candidate wearing out a lot of shoe leather on streets

March 31, 2016

Winnipeg Free Press - During the 2011 election campaign, she completed close to three rounds of door-knocking en route to capturing 40 per cent of the vote for the Progressive Conservatives, losing to the NDP's Christine Melnick. "It's a high-energy campaign, and we're ...

NDP promise more health care workers

March 29, 2016

Winnipeg Sun - Greg Selinger NDP leader Greg Selinger, alongside Riel NDP candidate Christine Melnick, answers questions about the NDP plan to hire more health-care workers on Tuesday. (JOYANNE PURSAGA/Winnipeg Sun). Article ...

Manitoba NDP

March 20, 2016 (subscription) - Christine Melnick looks to win the NDP nomination again in her Riel constituency in south Winnipeg on June 10. No other contestants entered the race before the cutoff date earlier this month. Melnick blamed Selinger's staff for a controversial ...

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Questionnaire Response

Christine Melnick - Riel

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

I believe in universal healthcare and that everyone should receive it based on their need and not the size of their wallet. I also believe that children should have access to a quality education, and that post-secondary education should be accessible to all Manitobans. I owe my life to my education, which has opened many doors for me and want everyone to have the same opportunities as I had. I believe in the democratic process and the best way to keep a democracy healthy is to participate.

Being born, raised and educated in Riel, I have a strong connection to this community and know it well. It was a great place to grow up in and is a better place to live today because of the diversity in every neighborhood. Giving back is important to me and I want to continue to serve this community as an MLA and volunteer with local organizations.

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

Before being elected as an MLA I was the regional coordinator, librarian and researcher for the Canada/Manitoba Business Service Centre. I was also a School Trustee with the Louis Riel School Division.

In 2005, I began the Share the Magic book program, where I collect new and gently-used books. Working with grassroots organizations throughout the province we provide book giveaways and help set up community libraries. To date, the program has given away more than 335,000 books to children and adults alike.

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

I would very much like to strengthen the relationship between the indigenous and non–indigenous peoples of Manitoba.

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

I’ve heard from the residents of Riel that want to see continued progress in healthcare, education and child care. I will stand for maintaining these public services and preventing reckless cuts and privatization.

For healthcare we need to sustain a system that is there when people need it. We need to continue to do such things as hire more doctors, nurses and health care professionals. With the cuts proposed by the Tories and Liberals we would not be able to do this.

In terms of education, parents want their children to aspire to the highest level they desire. This requires a strong K-12 system, and accessible post-secondary institutions. We need to maintain our current level of investment and not cut back.

Affordable, not for profit child care is an essential service for many parents. Quality child care is not just babysitting, but professionally trained Early Childhood Educators working with families to help in their child’s development. We must continue to expand access to child care in Manitoba and not turn away from this.

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

I experienced a great childhood in Riel and want to give back to this wonderful community. There is an energy and passion here that I admire deeply; it has manifested in local initiatives that promote a sense of community, well-being, and inclusiveness.

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

I find my passion and strength to work hard for this community and province by thinking of my grandparents. They were active in the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, turning their home into a makeshift hospital for injured strikers afraid of arrest if they went to the hospital care. I want to live in a society where the rights of workers, protestors, and struggling families are protected. I would be honoured to be chosen by the residents of Riel to continue this endeavour.