Green Party Candidate Dave Nickarz encouraged by the Wolseley vote

David NickarzDespite losing to incumbent Rob Altemeyer, Wolseley Green candidate David Nickarz said he feels optimistic about the progress the Green Party has made and its prospects to the future.

“I wish to congratulate Rob Altemeyer for his re-election,” Nickarz said. “I also wish to extend my congratulations to all of the candidates who stood for election in the Wolseley riding.”

“I’m encouraged because we have doubled our vote and made it clear that the Green Party has broad support in Wolseley,” Nickarz said.

Nickarz said that the Green Party made significant gains in the 2016 campaign. In 2011, James Beddome placed second in the riding, capturing about 19.5 per cent of the popular vote. In 2016, David Nickarz doubled the number of Green voters, winning about  36 per cent of the popular vote.

“With growth like this, it’s clear the Green Party has a bright future in Wolseley. We intend to build on this progress and mobilize the citizens of Wolseley around such important issues as eliminating poverty, protecting the environment and responding to climate change.”

Nickarz said that Greens will work constructively with all political parties. “While we will not have anyone in the Legislature this time around, we will both invite and challenge those parties that do have members to work with us on such issues as poverty and climate change,” Nickarz said.

Nickarz concluded by thanking his family,  his election team and the voters of Wolseley. “We knocked on thousands of doors over the past several months,” Nickarz said. “Its hard work but it’s rewarding;  words alone cannot express the gratitude I feel towards my family, my election team, and the voters who chose to place their trust in me.”

Wolseley NDP campaign misleads tenants about Green Party Guaranteed Annual Income policy

Misleading NDP LeafletWinnipeg, April 3, 2016 – An NDP election campaign leaflet being distributed in apartment blocks in Wolseley contains seriously misleading statements about Green Party of Manitoba policy, said David Nickarz, Green candidate.

“The NDP says the Green Party will cancel poverty reduction programs. What the NDP neglects to say is that a Green government would replace the NDP’s patchwork of poverty reduction tax credits and programs with a Guaranteed Annual Income program that would cut poverty in Manitoba by almost half in the first year,” Nickarz said.

“With our program, which we announced March 16th, the incomes of Manitobans living below the low-income cut-off would rise by 22 per cent on average,” Nickarz said. “Within the space of a year, the Green Guaranteed Annual Income would reverse the rising tide of poverty that an NDP government has been unable and unwilling to address during 17 years.”

“Our program is fully costed and clearly explained. There is absolutely no excuse for the NDP to mislead and scare voters, many of whom are not even eligible for tax credits as they do not have incomes high enough to access tax credits,” said Nickarz. “The NDP’s decision to use misleading statistics in their leaflet is disappointing. I look forward to discussing this and other issues in the debate that is scheduled for April 7th at the Orioles Community Club.”

Links to background documents:

1. Guaranteed Annual Income Backgrounder: https://davidnickarz.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/gai-background-2016-04-03.pdf

2. Misleading Wolseley NDP Campaign Leaflet: https://davidnickarz.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/misleading-ndp-leaflet.png