Blandine Tona // Platform for St. Boniface


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Blandine on healthcare

“Your family deserves a healthcare system that is there for you when you need it. Every Manitoban should have access to quality care in an emergency. St. Boniface families understand that deep cuts to our healthcare services doesn’t improve care. Only an NDP candidate can stand up to the Pallister government’s cuts to the healthcare services you need. We believe in strong public healthcare, access to nurses and doctors and investments in prevention so that you and your family stay healthy into the future.”

What’s the problem?

The Pallister government’s rushed political plan for our healthcare system is more about cutting costs than improving patient care. Premier Pallister has cut millions from the WRHA and St. Boniface Hospital. He’s eliminated coverage for physiotherapy, expensive drugs, and knee braces. His plan to close three ERs and an Urgent Care will mean a bigger burden on St. Boniface Hospital and longer wait times for your family. His cuts have already started to cause stress in our community. Last week Manitoba nurses reported 800 incidents of mandatory overtime in just six months. Overworked, exhausted nurses mean less safe care for patients and a less efficient health care system.

Brian Pallister cares more about his own political reputation than improving the healthcare of you and your family. With more cuts to come, St. Boniface families deserve someone who stands up for their health care.

What is our solution?

Only the NDP can stand up against the Pallister government’s cuts to healthcare. We believe in strong investments in upstream prevention that keeps you healthy at home, like Pharmacare, physiotherapy, and homecare. We understand that quality, community-based healthcare like QuickCare Clinics and access to family doctors are important to improving public health outcomes. As the NDP candidate in St. Boniface, Blandine Tona is fighting hard each day to stop Pallister’s cuts and protect the public healthcare system you and your family deserve.

We commit to:

  • Building a brand-new, larger St. Boniface ER that is capable of handling the influx of patients from the Pallister government’s cuts.
  • Hiring at least 200 nurses for St. Boniface Hospital to reduce mandatory overtime rates, and immediately increase the number of nursing seats at Universite de Saint Boniface and Red River College.
  • Expand community-health services like mental health supports, personal care home beds, addictions services and supports for people living with chronic diseases.

Only the Manitoba NDP offers a credible alternative to Brian Pallister and his Conservative agenda of cuts to the healthcare system.


Blandine on Education

“As a parent of school-aged children, I want my kids to get the attention they deserve in the classroom. Teachers and schools deserve access to the resources they need to make every child successful in school. Our schools should be a place where all students belong and where they can safely learn the skills they need to succeed. We need to invest in our schools so that every student feels prepared for the university, college or the workforce.”

What is the problem?

Pallister’s government has cut funding to school divisions forcing them to cut programs for students and to consider laying off teachers.
The Pallister government cut the small class size initiative. That program kept classes small so all students have more one-on-one time with their teachers. And they cut the Bureau de L’education francaise, hitting French education hard.
Pallister’s Conservatives don’t value public education and their cuts are putting our children’s education risk.

What is our solution?

New Democrats believe that we should invest more in our students and our teachers, not less.
New Democrats have a record of making investments in our schools so that teachers have the tools they need and parents can be confident that their children are getting a high-quality education.
Our plan is to work with teachers and education experts to make sure our students are ready for the challenges of tomorrow, including targeted investments where they're needed most.

We commit to:

  • Restore support to the BEF, reinstate the Assistant Deputy Minister and increase supports for French education.
  • Bring back the k-3 small class size initiative, making sure our kids have the one-on-one time with teachers they need to thrive.
  • Ensure that post-secondary education remains affordable for all Manitobans which includes stopping the 6.6% tuition hike.

Only the Manitoba NDP offers a credible alternative to Brian Pallister and his Conservative agenda of cuts to our education system.


Blandine on the Environment

“From Whittier Park to the Whiteshell to Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba is blessed with a vibrant natural environment that we all enjoy.
We have a responsibility to do our part in the fight against climate change so that future generations can enjoy our parks, lakes and great open spaces.”

What is the problem?

The Pallister Conservatives have shown that they don’t have a plan to protect and sustain our environment.

They cut the 50/50 transit funding formula with the city of Winnipeg, failed to properly listen to the community’s concerns about air and ground pollution in the Mission industrial park, lifted the hog barn moratorium that helped protect Lake Winnipeg, and cut water testing that keeps our communities safe.

The Pallister government has no plan to help Manitobans transition to a greener way of life and have refused to invest in green initiatives like transit, electric buses, energy retrofits or supports for low-income Manitobans.

What is our solution?

New Democrats know that we must take action now - we need to make sure our environment is clean and safe for generations to come. That’s why we need to collaborate with all levels of government, industry and business to protect our environment against climate change. And that’s why we need to have a plan that invests in services that help Manitobans transition to a Green economy while keeping life affordable.

We commit to:

  • Reinstate the 50/50 transit funding model, and invest in green initiatives right here in Manitoba like building electric buses so that we can create green jobs, protect our environment, and middle-class families.
  • Restore evidence-based water standards and regulations to protect our communities, lakes and rivers, from the Seine River to Lake Winnipeg.
  • Reinstate the Rail Relocation Task Force, created by the NDP, to work with industry, the city, and the federal government to move the rail lines out of St. Boniface.

Only the Manitoba NDP offers a credible alternative to Brian Pallister and his Conservative inaction on protecting our environment.

"I have heard from members of the community regarding their concerns with the multiple shredder operations in the Mission Industrial Park which are extremely close to St. Boniface homes."

"I was shocked by the information provided by the South St Boniface Residents Association (SSBRA), as I live directly across the river from the shredder operations and was unaware of where the source of the loud crashing sounds I was hearing from my home."

"I stand in solidarity with the SSBRA efforts to pressure the province to decline the upgraded license Rakowski is seeking. I also encourage the City to review Rakowski`s outdated Conditional Use allowing heavy industrial uses so close to residents. I personally signed the SSBRA petition in early spring, and will work with community members as their MLA to ensure that families are safe from pollution in all forms."

Blandine Tona


Blandine on Francophone Culture

“It has always been a priority of the NDP to invest in the Francophone community, support language rights and encourage economic and cultural development in St Boniface. We know the value of community programs and cultural organizations. I have worked extensively with the SFM, L’Universite de Saint-Boniface, Accueil Francophone and Alliances des femmes de la francophonie canadienne, and am ready to stand up against the cuts to our organizations.

What is the problem?

Over the past 2 years, the Pallister Government has been making cuts to our cultural programs and institutions.

  • CUT 25% of the World Trade Centre Budget
  • CUT 37% of the funding to Centre Flavie-Laurent
  • CUT 50% of the funding for Maison Gabrielle-Roy
  • CUT 20% of the funding for CDEM
  • CUT $300,000 from Festival du Voyageur

What is our solution?

The NDP knows supports for community organizations is key to building our Francophone community. Cuts to programs hurt our artistic and cultural legacy. We need more supports, not less.

We commit to:

  • Reinstate the cut funding to our St Boniface cultural organizations that support and advance the gifts of our Francophone community programs.
  • Increase supports for non-profit organizations, like Centre Flavie-Laurent and invest in community services, like a new pool for the Norwood Community Centre.

Blandine on Seniors

“St Boniface is home to many seniors, who are valuable members of society that make our historical neighborhood beautiful and vibrant. Because of our aging population, we need more services to those who want to stay at home, and new supports for those who need a little more help.”

What is the problem?

The Pallister government’s healthcare cuts are putting our seniors at risk. From hospital closures which route too many patients to the St Boniface ER and overwork nurses, to contracting out home care services, which will cost more and deliver worse service for seniors, the PC’s have shown that they don’t really care about the needs of Manitoba’s seniors. They have cancelled construction of personal care homes while imposing new financial restrictions that will make it almost impossible for communities to build new care homes. And existing homes like ActionMarguerite have had their funding cut.

We commit to:

  • Reversing Pallister’s cuts to drug programs and advocating for a universal pharmacare program;
  • Improving our homecare services so workers can spend more time with our seniors;
  • Investing in new personal care home beds for communities like St. Boniface

On July 17th, Vote for Blandine Tona to protect Healthcare, Education, the Environment, and our Culture.