Today, Kevin Chief announced his resignation as the MLA for Point Douglas, which will take effect at the end of the year. He is a valued colleague and member of our NDP team. We will miss his experience, his wisdom, his guidance and his friendship. We fully support his desire to devote more time to his wife, Melanie, and his young children, Hayden, Kellan and Dax.
“We have learned today that the Pallister government directly interfered for political reasons in an ongoing labour negotiation,” said NDP MLA Wab Kinew. "The U of M and the faculty association have been bargaining for months and were already in mediation, but the Pallister government has forced them to start over by appearing to impose a wage freeze on all public sector employees.
It is with great sadness that we learned today of the death of Jim Prentice. On behalf of the Manitoba NDP caucus, I want to offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Prentice. Mr. Prentice was a tireless and dedicated worker for the people of Alberta in his time as premier and for all Canadians when he served as a federal cabinet minister. His passing is a great loss, not just for his family and friends, but for all Canadians. He was a true statesman and a great Canadian.
“What is clear today is there are no limits to how far the PC government will go to refight the last election. They promised during the election they would deliver an independent review of Bipole III by the Public Utilities Board. Instead, they reneged on that promise and a U.S. consultant was hired.
As the AG points out, the East Side Road is not a typical infrastructure project. This was designed to connect 13 isolated First Nations communities while developing training and creating good jobs.
This work is a massive undertaking, and we agree with the AG’s recommendations that improvements were needed in the processes.