The Pallister Government needs to guarantee supports for children with special needs, not cut them, NDP Families Critic Nahanni Fontaine said today. The Pallister government recently paused funding to the Child Care Inclusion Support Program during a review, only to restore it after significant pressure from parents and families.
The Pallister Government is hiding their secret reports from the public, using false excuses to mask their plans for cuts and privatization, revealed NDP Finance Critic James Allum and Health Critic Matt Wiebe today.
“Brian Pallister promised every Manitoban that he would release 97% of the KPMG fiscal performance review, but broke his word and claimed that he couldn’t because the report belonged to the consultant. After misleading the public for months, we now know the premier’s claims are a complete fabrication,” said Allum.
The Pallister Government is ignoring its commitment to the most vulnerable Manitobans by not providing support to new applicants through the Child Care Inclusion Support Program, said NDP Families Critic Nahanni Fontaine.
“The Minister is obstructing families’ access to critical supports and forcing parents of children with special needs to make hard decisions,” Fontaine said. “The Pallister government is failing parents and children who need our support the most.”
NDP Urges Premier to Take Action to Assist Churchill: Lindsey Calls on Province to Send Inspection Teams
The Pallister government can take action immediately by sending provincial inspectors to assess the extent of damage on the Churchill rail line, Tom Lindsey, MLA for Flin Flon, said today.
Pallister Government’s Refusal to Keep MPI Rates Affordable An Abdication of Responsibility to Families, Businesses
The Pallister government has again abandoned Manitobans by sitting back and allowing MPI rates to rise by more than a projected six per cent over two years, said NDP MLA Andrew Swan.
“Once again, the premier and his cabinet are sitting on their hands while their Crown corporation seeks to impose rate hikes,” Swan said. “The government has a duty to keep vehicle insurance rates affordable for families and businesses and it’s failing to uphold that duty.”
Pallister Government’s Failure to Sign on to National Climate Accord A Lost Opportunity to be a Leader, Reduce Emissions, Create Green Jobs
The NDP is calling on the Pallister government to stop dragging its heels and sign on to the national climate change agreement before it loses out on millions in federal funding earmarked for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“Ottawa has made it clear that Manitoba must sign on before the end of this year or we risk losing an estimated $66 million that would help the province reduce emissions and create green jobs,” said NDP Environment Critic Rob Altemeyer. “Pallister’s negotiating games with the federal government may cost Manitoba businesses and consumers millions.”
The Manitoba NDP condemns Pallister's PC government's cuts to Rent Assist Benefits for Manitobans that need it most.
"The Pallister government is trying to hide another cut to services for vulnerable Manitobans by waiting until after the legislative session ended," said Bernadette Smith, NDP candidate for Point Douglas. "This program is supposed to help low-income and working Manitobans pay their rent and lift themselves out of poverty — all candidates in this race should condemn this cut."
NDP Calls on Pallister Government to Ensure Churchill and Any Communities Isolated by Floods Receive Critical Food and Medical Supplies by Air
The NDP is calling on the Pallister government to ensure the Town of Churchill and any other remote communities cut off by flooding receive critical food and medical supplies by air until the train can reach them once again.
“The provincial government has a responsibility to all Manitobans wherever they live to ensure they have food security and access to medical care,” said Tom Lindsey, the NDP MLA for Flin Flon. “We call on the province to live up to that duty and immediately organize flights of food and medical supplies to isolated communities.”
Assembly Passes Two Important NDP Bills Honouring Manitoba’s Indigenous Peoples
The spring sitting of the Manitoba legislature is ending with a string of broken promises from the Pallister government whose austerity program will undermine health care, weaken education and make life more expensive for families, NDP Interim Leader Flor Marcelino said today.
Pallister Government Refuses to Support NDP Bill That Would Have Ensured The Best Interests of Children Were Paramount in Family Court Cases
Today, the Pallister government refused to support an NDP bill that would have put children first in court cases involving families in conflict.
“This bill would have given voice to the concerns of children in cases that deal with custody, access and support,” said NDP MLA Andrew Swan, who introduced the bill in the Legislative Assembly today. “It’s unfortunate that the government saw fit to vote against a bill that would have helped resolve disputes in family breakdowns and reduce stress on children.”