NDP government focused on priorities of families through uncertainty

NOVEMBER 21, 2012

The Government of Manitoba will keep moving forward through economic uncertainty by focusing on the things that matter most to Manitoba families, announced NDP Premier Greg Selinger in the government’s Speech from the Throne.

“Throne speeches are about priorities. With the global financial crisis ongoing, it’s clear that uncertainty is the new reality for economies everywhere, and through it all, our priority is protecting the things that matter most to Manitoba families,” said Premier Selinger. “Manitoba’s fundamentals our strong and our plan will keep our economy growing, improve health care, create opportunities and ensure Manitoba remains a great place to live.”

See just some of the highlights from the Speech from the Throne:

Improving health care

Better care for seniors with improvements to home care and 200 new personal-care home beds in Winnipeg.
Faster, more convenient access to testing and treatment for cancer patients with new CancerCare hubs in rural Manitoba.
Improved access to family doctors with additional nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and dieticians for medical practices taking new patients.
Creating more opportunities

Better education and training opportunities with new primary schools and new support for high school students to transition into apprenticeships.
More support for universities and colleges to increase enrolment by promoting Manitoba as a top destination for international students.
More mentorship opportunities for students with a new after-school leaders program.
Making Manitoba an even better place to live

New measures to protect families dealing with new home construction, vehicle purchases and cable bills; and new tools to help low-income Manitobans purchase a home.
Improvements to parks and park amenities, and the creation of new parks.
Support for new research projects that will restore the health of Lake Winnipeg and protect the province’s water.
Growing the economy, creating jobs

New rural economic development and improvements to cities with new road infrastructure, building on already historic road investments.
Better supports for businesses with a new business succession resource centre and a single point of contact for Manitoba’s entrepreneurs.
Steady economic growth with the addition of 75,000 workers to Manitoba’s labour force by 2020.

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