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Liberal candidate says Emerson constituency still feels like home

Greg Vandermeulen
Emerson Liberal candidate Micheline Belliveau.

Emerson Liberal candidate Micheline Belliveau.

She may be a Winnipeg resident, but Emerson Liberal candidate Micheline Belliveau said southern Manitoba still feels like home.

"My heart is still in southern Manitoba," Belliveau, who grew up in the Letellier area, said.

Belliveau grew up on a mixed dairy and grain farm, and attended school in Letellier and St. Jean before moving to Winnipeg.

Married to her husband Rene for almost 29 years, they have three children, including 19-year-old twins Suzanne and Natalie, and a 13-year-old son, Jean-Paul. Micheline is also a new grandma to Emma.

Belliveau said she has been a stay at home mom, taking care of her children, which included dealing with seizure disorders for both daughters.

"My family is top priority," she said.

With the constituency of Emerson being staunchly conservative, Belliveau admits the Liberals won't be the favourite.

"I've got to think positive," she said. "I've got to think I can win."

After all, she pointed out, it's not up to her or any candidate. "It's up to the people to decide," she said.

For Belliveau coming up with flood solutions is important. "One thing that is dear to my heart is the flood situation," she said.

Although she didn't have a solution ready, Belliveau said government has to listen to flood victims. "The people need to be heard," she said. "Listen to what they want, they're the ones who have the best ideas."

Establishing more care homes for seniors is also a priority to Belliveau, who said they deserve the right to retire in the community they spent their whole lives in.

"My mom and dad, when they sold their house in Letellier, had to move to the city," she said. "It broke my heart."

Education was another issue that Belliveau wants addressed. She said programs should be established in community centres that will help prepare youth for their adult life, teaching them skills they can use along the way.

"We've got to promote better living, get them interested," she said. "We've got to work with the children. They are our future."

Belliveau said the current political landscape is filled with politicians pointing fingers at each other.

"It's time for a change," she said. "Let the Liberals make that change."

That change will have a strong focus, according to Belliveau. "We want to build strong families and build strong communities," she said. "My heart is with the people. I was born and raised in southern Manitoba - that's my home."