NDP Demands Transparency in Public-Private Partnerships; Pallister Government’s Legislation Reduces Accountability

The NDP demands that the Pallister government ensure transparency and accountability in public-private partnerships to ensure Manitobans get real value for money on government projects, NDP MLA James Allum said today.

“The Pallister government is failing to ensure that private-public partnerships are subject to public scrutiny,” Allum said. “P3 deals should not be done in secrecy or without assurance that the public’s money is being spent wisely.”

Town Hall to Air Concerns of Families Affected by Concordia ER Cut and other Health-care Cuts in Northeast Winnipeg

Families in northeast Winnipeg will have a chance to voice their concerns over major cuts to health-care services at a town hall today at 6 p.m. at East Elmwood Community Centre in the multipurpose room (490 Keenleyside St).

Daniel Blaikie, NDP MP for Elmwood-Transcona, and Matt Wiebe, NDP MLA for Concordia will ensure the voices of families in the community are heard by the provincial and federal governments.

Pallister Government Would put Families at Risk by Ending Ban On Potentially Harmful Pesticides

The Pallister government may be putting families at risk with proposed legislation that could see the end of the ban on some pesticides for cosmetic purposes, said NDP Environment Critic Rob Altemeyer.

“The government has failed to provide any new scientific evidence to justify removing the ban on the use of pesticides for purely cosmetic purposes,” Altemeyer said. “In contrast to consultation with experts and scientific evidence, the government is basing this move on a poorly constructed survey and is refusing to release the results of their supposed consultation with Manitobans.”

Pallister Government Shutters Green Manitoba, Leaving Environmental Future of Province in Doubt

On the cusp of Earth Day, the Pallister government has quietly shut down Green Manitoba Eco Solutions, an agency that worked with communities to deliver programs and information to help preserve and protect the environment and keep waste out of landfills.

“The Pallister government needs to be open about why it’s shutting down this agency,” said NDP Environment Critic Rob Altemeyer. “At a time when it’s more important than ever to preserve our environment, is this a sign the government no longer wants to invest in the future of our children?”

Pallister Government Misleads Families by Repackaging Bursary Program for Post-Secondary Students

The Pallister government is misleading families by trying to portray funding announced today as something new, NDP Education Critic Wab Kinew said.

“Today, the Pallister government tried to claim it was doing students a favour ¬– two days after they said they’ll make students play $58 million more in taxes,” Kinew said. “In reality, the amount of funding announced today is the same as last year – it’s just repackaged with earlier availability dates,” Kinew said.