Leading up to the provincial election on September 10, 2019 MTS will be providing information on this page regarding the campaign in general and education issues specifically.
We have sent questionnaires to the three main party leaders on a variety of topics and will post their responses as they are received. As well as other material, we will also be posting promises made during the campaign by all parties and links to a variety of sources to aid in helping decide who to vote for and how to vote.
Provincial Political Parties
There are 57 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. A party must win 29 seats to form a majority government. Currently, the provincial Conservative government has 38 seats, the NDP have 12 and the Liberals have four. The remaining three seats are held by independent members (no party affiliation).
Are You Registered to Vote?
If you have voted in past elections, then your name will appear on the Manitoba Voter Register. However, if you have moved since the last election and not updated your contact information you might not be registered to vote in the appropriate riding.
Check here to see if you are registered to vote, register if not listed as well as update your information in advance of Election Day.
Please note, you can to register to vote on Election Day, simply bring government issued photo identification, or two other documents with your name to the voting location.
New Electoral Boundaries in Effect
Every 10 years, under The Electoral Divisions Act, Manitoba’s electoral boundaries are reviewed to reflect population changes in an effort to keep roughly 22,000 residents in each riding.
When you head to the polls this September, 56 of the 57 ridings will look a little different. Some of the changes include the addition of a new riding in Winnipeg and 14 ridings being renamed.
Check out the new boundaries and make sure you are up to date on where and when voting takes place.
When Do I Vote?
Election Day is Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.. If you are unable to vote on Election Day, you can vote in the advanced polls. We will let you know the dates once they become available.
You are expected to vote in the three consecutive hours, after the end of school, between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. However, in situations where an individual does not have three consecutive hours in his/her schedule from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, he/she is entitled to receive three hours to vote, as per The Elections Act.
Make Education a Priority
In this election, there are issues such as class size and composition that touch on education directly, while others such as the number of students coming to school hungry indirectly affect education. These issues and many others must be addressed to give Manitoba’s students the best chance at success.