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The Manitoba legislature (Photo credit: Dreamstime)

There’s a sign on Gail MacAulay’s front lawn. But in the run-up to Tuesday’s Manitoba provincial election, it is not for any political party.

The sign says: Vote as if your life depends on it.

“Because your life does depend on it,” says the retired Legal Aid lawyer. It’s all about “public health… because what does all the other stuff matter if you are dead?... “Even housing affordability… if you're dead, you’re not living anywhere.”

For MacAulay, who has a severely immunocompromised disabled child, the number one issue is COVID, a topic she thinks is barely discussed in this election. 

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Julie Carl has more than 30 years of experience in journalism, most recently as a senior editor at the Toronto Star. Julie started her journalism career at small-town Ontario newspapers. She then served...