Pallister Shows Disrespect for Frontline Workers With Single-minded Focus on Austerity: Lindsey

The Pallister government has once again showed its disrespect for frontline workers and their unions by refusing to work with them in good faith, NDP MLA Tom Lindsey said today.

“While we’re happy the government has finally met with labour leaders – nearly eight months after being elected – today’s meeting with Finance Minister Cameron Friesen appears to be nothing but a smokescreen with a predetermined outcome,” Lindsey said. “Despite his earlier promises, the premier didn’t bother to attend the meeting. It’s clear he’s not interested in listening to the concerns of frontline workers and doesn’t want their input into government policy. It’s also clear he’s setting the stage for tearing up contracts, freezing wages and cutting services.”

Response to the Pallister Government's Second Quarter Financial Report

Today’s report by the Pallister government is disappointing but not surprising. It’s more evidence of an austerity agenda that is shedding good jobs and making life harder for Manitoba families.

Since May, Manitoba has lost nearly 14,000 full-time jobs. This government has the worst record on creating full-time jobs west of New Brunswick and today’s update confirms that Manitoba’s projected employment forecast is negative for the year. This is combined with a minimum-wage freeze, a concerted government attack on front-line workers and a significant cut in infrastructure spending.

Pallister Government Proposes Agenda of Layoffs for Front-Line Workers While Full-Time Jobs Disappear

The Pallister Government’s agenda of cuts and layoffs for front-line workers is undermining services for families while an uncertain economy reels from thousands of full-time job losses, Interim NDP Leader Flor Marcelino said today.

“Since Pallister became premier, nearly 14,000 full-time jobs have disappeared while he wastes time and millions of dollars on ideological reviews,” Marcelino said. “His reckless commitment to austerity is damaging our economy and is hurting services for everyday families.”

NDP Urges Pallister Government to Scrap Regressive Changes To Successful Immigration Program

The Pallister government’s proposal to charge newcomers $500 and change the rules of the Provincial Nominee Program is a blatant cash grab that hurts newcomers and the province, NDP Interim Leader Flor Marcelino said today.

“The premier is making unnecessary and drastic changes to the highly successful Provincial Nominee Program and justifies it with false claims that many newcomers end up on welfare,” Marcelino said. “The reality is newcomers through the PNP program have among the most successful employment records in Canada and they put down roots in Manitoba.”

Manitoba Legislature Votes Unanimously to Accept NDP Proposals for Improved Fairness in CPP

An NDP amendment to a government motion to ensure fairness in the Canada Pension Plan for women and persons with disabilities passed unanimously in the Manitoba legislature today.

“Women and persons with disabilities should not be penalized for circumstances beyond their control,” said NDP MLA Jamie Allum, who introduced the amendment. “By calling for a drop-out provision in the expanded CPP program, Canada’s pension system will be fairer for all Canadians.”

NDP Introduces Bill to Fight Fentanyl Crisis By Restricting Possession of Pill Presses

The NDP today introduced a bill to help fight the fentanyl crisis by limiting the ownership and possession of pill presses.

“Manitobans are dying from fentanyl and carfentanil overdoses so it’s important that we do everything possible to stop the trafficking of these extremely dangerous drugs,” NDP Health Critic Matt Wiebe said today. “Pill presses are cheap and easy to obtain and dealers are using them to make pills laced with the deadly drugs.”

Pallister Government Review of Libraries Raises Fears of Service Cuts: Marcelino

The NDP is urging the Pallister government to guarantee that the review of the provincial library system doesn’t result in a reduction of services for Manitobans, NDP Interim Leader Flor Marcelino said today.

“We have seen now how this government says one thing and does another. In yesterday’s throne speech, the government said they were going to apply a ‘return-on-investment test to prioritize government investments in … social and cultural projects’,” Marcelino said. “We are deeply concerned what this will mean for valuable social and cultural assets like libraries.”