Patrice McGrath was a first-time candidate. She was a taxi driver in Winnipeg during the 1990s. In 1993, she wrote a letter criticizing the existing welfare system in the city. She argued in favour of job creation with incentives, rather than cutbacks for single employable persons.
John Kubi was a first-time candidate. During the late 1990s, he served on a panel that reviewed George Cuff's recommendations for restructuring Winnipeg's municipal government. Kubi argued that Cuff's recommendations would centralize decision-making and reduce public consultation, and recommended its rejection. He was a member of the River East Neighbourhood Network in 2002, and called for a greater police presence in the area. As of 2007, he is a member of the East Kildonan-Transcona Resident Advisory Group.
1992 Winnipeg municipal election, Councillor, Transcona Wardedit
Electors could vote for three candidates. Percentages are determined in relation to the total number of votes.
Bill Sanderson is an aboriginal Canadian. He was raised in St. Laurent on the Red River, and was educated in Canada's notorious residential school system. He has a degree in Education from the University of Manitoba, and successfully lobbied for the creation of an all-aboriginal Winnipeg high school in 1991. He was elected to the Winnipeg School Board in the 1992 election with the support of the New Democratic Party, and was subsequently chosen as its vice-chairman. He attracted some controversy in 1993, when he accused fellow trustee Betty Granger of racism. The following year, he brought forward a successful motion to have the all-aboriginal Aberdeen Elementary School renamed as Niji Mahkwa. He also supported a motion to teach tolerance toward homosexuals in Winnipeg's public schools in 1994, comparing the social struggles of homosexuals with those of aboriginal Canadians. In 1995, he called for a distinct aboriginal school division in Manitoba. Sanderson became involved in another controversy in 1995, in the period after MaryAnn Mihychuk resigned as chairman of the board. Sanderson argued that he should have automatically succeeded to the position by virtue of his vice-chairmanship; a majority of trustees, however, elected Anita Neville to the position. Sanderson then accused the trustees who voted against him of having been motivated by racism, a charge which they rejected. Fellow trustee Ed Kowalchuk, who had supported Sanderson, said that his support for an aboriginal school division had made him unpopular with other members of the board. He campaigned for re-election in 1995 as an independent, having previously disagreed with the New Democratic Party trustees on budget cuts. He was defeated, finishing eighth in a field of sixteen candidates.
^"Committee plans historic' murals", Winnipeg Free Press, 8 September 1991.
^Nick Martin, "Beyond the Red's grasp", Winnipeg Free Press, 5 May 1997, A6.
^Brad Oswald, "Rookie turns page on native education", Winnipeg Free Press, 3 November 1995, D4.
^Jennifer Lewington, "Breaking the cycle of school failure", Globe and Mail, 2 May 1994, A1; Bill Redekop, "Racism echoes in lecture hall", Winnipeg Free Press, 18 December 1994. Sanderson later called for Canadian history courses to incorporate more material from before the European conquest.
^During a private conversation, Sanderson told Granger that he had recently[when?] bought a computer from his nephew, and Granger responded by joking that it must have been stolen. Sanderson suggested that Granger was intimating all aboriginal Canadians were thieves, a charge that she denied. See Larry Kusch, "Trustee accused of racism", Winnipeg Free Press, 30 July 1993.
^Randy Turner, "School name changed", Winnipeg Free Press, 3 March 1994.
^Bill Redekop, "Board defeats gay ed motion", 19 October 1994.
^Bud Robertson, "More schools for natives?", Winnipeg Free Press, 20 April 1995.
^Aldo Santin, "Trustee demands top job", Winnipeg Free Press, 12 May 1995.
^Aldo Santin, "NDP grip on board ends", Winnipeg Free Press, 27 October 1995, A4.