Pallister government fails to deliver their promised plan for child care

Nahanni Fontaine, MLA for St. Johns, pressed the government today to level with Manitobans about their lack of a plan for accessible, affordable child care for Manitoba families.

“Hardworking Manitoba families need affordable, accessible and high-quality child care, and they expect the government to deliver on promises made in the election,” said Fontaine. “Without a comprehensive strategy outlined in their Throne Speech, and with only unsubstantiated campaign commitments to go on, families are left to worry if they’ll have to pay higher fees for fewer spaces.”

Pallister government continues to endorse Bell-MTS deal, siding with big business over regular Manitobans

In Question Period today, Premier Brian Pallister continued to throw his support behind the Bell-MTS deal, despite the fact that it will almost certainly mean higher prices for regular Manitobans, said Jim Maloway, MLA for Elmwood.

“The Premier himself said he wouldn’t be surprised if cell phone prices go up, but is supporting the deal anyway,” said Maloway. “He’s become an advocate for selling off MTS—again—before the Competition Bureau, the CRTC and Manitobans themselves have had their say.”

MLA Jim Maloway Opposes MTS Sale

MLA for Elmwood Jim Maloway today announced serious concerns about the proposed sale of MTS to Bell Canada, calling it a bad deal for Manitobans. In particular, Maloway highlighted that everywhere there is a reduction of competition in cellular service, there is a commiserate increase in rates for consumers.

New Manitoba NDP Caucus Members Take Oath

Members of the Manitoba NDP Caucus celebrated with an oath taking ceremony at the Manitoba Legislative Building today.

“We are so proud to welcome this incredible and diverse group to our caucus,” said interim NDP Leader Flor Marcelino, who also took her oath this afternoon. “We’re ready in our new role as the Official Opposition to stand up for the things that matter to Manitoban families all across our great province.”

Flor Marcelino Elected Manitoba NDP Interim Leader

The Manitoba NDP is excited that Flor Marcelino has been elected and confirmed as interim leader, party president Ovide Mercredi said today.

“We are very proud to have Flor as our interim leader during this time of reflection and renewal within our party,” said Mercredi. “Her several years of experience as both an MLA and minister will make her a formidable Opposition leader, and her strong ties to diverse communities across Manitoba will prove invaluable for our party's positive, progressive agenda moving forward.”

Will Brian Pallister’s cuts to health care mean charging for cancer care drugs? Manitobans deserve to know

After weeks of hiding his plans from Manitobans, families deserve to know whether Brian Pallister’s agenda to cut and privatize health care services will make Manitobans pay for cancer care drugs, said NDP Leader Greg Selinger.

“More than 6,000 Manitobans are diagnosed with cancer each year, and that number is expected to go up by 40 to 50 per cent in the next ten years,” continued Selinger. “Those families deserve a straight answer from Brian Pallister on whether their cancer care services are at risk before they cast their vote.”