Manitoba

Elmwood-Transcona

Daniel Blaikie (NDP), Andrea Richardson-Lipon (Liberal), Lawrence Toet (Conservative), Kim Parke (Green)

Lawrence Toet, Conservative

Toet was born and raised in Winnipeg, where he still lives with his wife and four children.
Lawrence Toet, Conservative Party candidate (Lawrence Toet/Twitter)

The 53-year-old drives a Chevy and was a partner in a family print business before turning his attention to politics and getting elected to represent Elmwood-Transcona in 2011.

Toet likes a variety of music but locally, he favours Burton Cummings. Toet is also a fan of both the Winnipeg Jets and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Aside from regular trips to Ottawa and Parliament Hill, Toet's most recent trip outside of Manitoba was a family vacation to Ireland. 


Daniel Blaikie, NDP

An electrician by trade, Blaikie has started to follow the footsteps of his father, NDP stalwart Bill Blaikie, into politics.
Daniel Blaikie, NDP candidate (DanielBlaikie.NDP.ca)

The 31-year-old, who lives in Winnipeg with his partner and their two-year-old son, drives a Dodge Caravan and listens to Winnipeg pop band Imaginary Cities and most songs by American rock band Heart.

Blaikie is more of a fan of curling than the Winnipeg Jets or the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but he enjoys the fast-paced atmosphere at Jets games.

Blaikie last left Manitoba on union business in St John's.


Kim  Parke, Green Party

Before running as a Green Party candidate, Parke was a retail manager at Loblaws for 18 years.
Kim Parke, Green Party candidate (www.greenparty.ca)

The 51-year-old, who was born in Winnipeg and has three kids, doesn't have a music device, but her favourite Manitoba performer is Sweet Alibi.

The last time she left Manitoba was on a road trip with her son to visit friends and family in White Rock, B.C.

Parke knows more about hockey than football, so she watches the Winnipeg Jets.


​Andrea Richardson-Lipon, Liberal

Richardson-Lipon is a 36-year-old audiologist born in Brampton, Ont.
Andrea Richardson-Lipon, Liberal Party candidate (Courtesy Andrea Richardson-Lipon)

She now lives in Winnipeg with her partner and three-year-old daughter, Madeline.

Her favourite Manitoba performer is Fred Penner, but she's been enjoying Spirits by The Strumbellas more recently.

She likes the Winnipeg Jets and even has a family connection to the team. Her husband's cousin is prospect J.C. Lipon, a forward from Regina who was drafted by the Jets in 2013.

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