Rugg running for NDP in Lakeside

Dan Rugg, who resides in Elie, Man., is running for the New Democratic Party in Lakeside in the Manitoba provincial election, which takes place on Sept. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Manitoba NDP)

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Dan Rugg is attempting to become the first-ever NDP MLA to represent Lakeside.

Raised in St. Francois Xavier, Rugg has lived in Elie for the past 12 years with his wife Tracy and their three daughters.

He is experienced in municipal politics, having served one term on Elie’s Local Urban District Committee from 2014 to 2018. Rugg is also a treasurer for Unifor Local 830 and currently works as a machine operator at Winpak Ltd.

Stonewall Argus: What has inspired you to run for Member of the Legislative Assembly?

Dan Rugg: I feel we need to make life for the average person more affordable and the services we all need more accessible and accountable.

SA: How do you feel you can make a difference for your local community?

DR: As a family man living in a smaller community, I feel that we need better representation involving our needs with regards to local services and infrastructure. I am also concerned about the state of our children’s education system. (Brian) Pallister’s agenda towards cutting supports for both education and health care are very worrisome for communities outside of Winnipeg.

SA: What aspect of your party’s platform do you admire most in order to make a difference locally and for all residents of Manitoba?

DR: To fix Pallister’s health care crisis: End the ER closures and re-open ERs, replace nurses fired by Pallister and end the chaos in health care by listening to the people on the front lines, real effective action on the meth crisis, (and) transform mental health care for Manitobans.

SA: What is the number one issue in your mind for Lakeside?

DR: Good jobs and sustainable growth: Smaller K-3 class sizes so our kids get the best possible start; make significant investments in infrastructure such as roads, hospitals and schools, creating nearly 50,000 jobs in the process; reversing the 40% cut to the roads budget made by Pallister; help post-secondary students better prepare for the jobs of the future; use strong publicly owned Manitoba Hydro to create opportunities for careers to build a future around; (and) making childcare more accessible and affordable for Manitobans.

SA: What is the number one issue in your mind for the province?

DR: Affordable quality of life: Help families make greener choices and keep life affordable, while negotiating a better deal with the federal government to put a price on pollution and make the big polluters pay; increase the minimum wage to $15 because no one working full-time should live in poverty — while giving small business a break; (and to) make it easier to buy a first home.