Province Must Maintain Existing Pesticide Legislation to Continue Protecting Expectant Mothers, Children and Pets

The Pallister government must preserve legislation that reduces the risk to children and pets of exposure to synthetic pesticides for non-essential purposes, NDP MLA Rob Altemeyer said today.

“The current law reduces the risks of exposure to synthetic chemical pesticides, and was introduced after a lengthy consultation with Manitobans,” Altemeyer said. “Let’s not turn back the clock. Let’s keep these strong protections in place for expectant mothers, our children and our pets.”

Pallister Raises Concerns for Human Rights With Appointment of Socially Conservative Activist to Cabinet

The Pallister government has created concerns by appointing socially conservative MLA Andrew Micklefield to cabinet as the new government house leader, NDP MLA Wab Kinew said today.

“The Rossmere MLA has long made it clear he is against equal rights for LGBTTQ* Manitobans,” Kinew said. “He has gone so far as to say there is harm in same-sex marriage.”

Pallister Government Must Act Quickly to Prevent Economic Crisis in Wake of Tolko’s Announced Closing in The Pas: Lathlin

The closure of the Tolko Industries mills in The Pas will throw hundreds of people out of work and devastate the local economy, NDP MLA Amanda Lathlin said today. The Pallister government must act quickly to protect good jobs and build an economy for the future of the community, added Lathlin, the MLA for The Pas.

Manitoba NDP Welcomes the Federal Government Apology For the Forced Relocation of the Sayisi Dene

Tadoule Lake, MB--Tom Lindsey, the NDP MLA for Flin Flon, today welcomed the Government of Canada’s apology for the forced relocation of the Sayisi Dene from their homelands in 1956.

“The tragic results are one of the shameful stories in Canadian history,” said Lindsey. “More than a third of the 250 band members died after the government moved them from their traditional land at Little Duck lake to an exposed piece of tundra near Churchill.”

Pallister Government’s First 100 Days Fail Manitoba Families, Put Brakes on Job Creation and Stall the Economy

Brian Pallister promised “change for the better” in his first 100 days in office—what families got instead was a lump of coal and a cold shoulder, Opposition Leader Flor Marcelino said today.

“In opposition, Pallister made sweeping promises about making Manitoba the ‘most improved province in Canada’ but he seems determined to do the opposite now that he’s in power,” Marcelino said. “On his watch the unemployment rate has climbed, investments in infrastructure have stalled, families who need child care are being ignored, the North is being snubbed and the environment is suffering.”

Provincial Government Must Take Immediate Action to Help Laid-off Workers and Ensure Resumption of Grain Shipments from Port of Churchill

It has been two weeks since Omnitrax shut down grain shipments and laid off port workers, but the Pallister government has not offered any solutions to save the 2016 shipping season or any support for workers and their families, NDP MLA for Flin Flon Tom Lindsey said today.

“People in Churchill and the surrounding communities are worried about their future, and the longer this drags on without a solution, the harder it is for them,” Lindsey said. “The provincial government can’t continue to sit back and do nothing. They have to assure the people of Churchill the province is actively working with the private sector, including the owner of the railway and port to see the grain elevator re-open this season.”

Statement from Matt Wiebe on midwifery programming

While in government, we recognized the need for more midwife training and had found a solution we committed to fulfilling through a joint program. Over the last few months, we have called on the government to make sure midwifery programming continues. It is positive that the PC government is now alert to the need for immediate action to ensure courses continue in the fall. However, we are uncertain what this means for Northern partnerships. We are hopeful that the announcement today meets the needs of students, though we are unaware whether any of the students were notified of these new plans.

Statement from Nahanni Fontaine on the National Inquiry on MMIWG

Today reflects the thirty-plus years of courageous and resilient work that families of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls across the country have pursued in honour of their loved ones. Today marks the culmination of a long and difficult journey in gaining recognition and justice for MMIWG families' daughters, mothers, sisters, grandmothers, cousins, lovers and friends.

This is an historic moment for Canada, and indeed, for families and communities across the country.