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.”

NDP Call for Leadership in Response to Crisis in the North: Loss of Freight Service Adding Insult to Injury

Pallister and his cabinet are failing families in Churchill, in the North and across Canada by not taking leadership to find a solution to the devastating impact of OmniTRAX’s abrupt decision to layoff staff in Churchill and cut back on freight rail service, MLA for Flin Flon Tom Lindsey said today.

Sources have informed the Manitoba NDP that OmniTRAX is also cutting freight shipments by rail from twice a week to once a week starting July 29th.

Pallister embarrasses Manitoba on national stage

Yesterday, Premier Brian Pallister and his Finance Minister embarrassed Manitobans on the national stage by not signing the agreement on an affordable and sustainable expansion of the Canadian Pension Plan, Finance Critic James Allum said today.

“Manitobans are embarrassed and disappointed that the Pallister government did not choose to set a tone of partnership and sound decision-making with other provinces,” said Allum. “The Conservatives chose to side with big business instead of hardworking families, women, seniors and minimum wage earners.”

Pallister government further deceived Manitoba seniors

Manitoba seniors are fed up with the deceptions and arbitrary decisions from Pallister’s government that impact their future, said Health, Seniors and Active Living critic Matt Wiebe today.

“This government keeps hiding reckless decisions that impact vulnerable Manitobans with a dangerous game of smoke and mirrors,” said Wiebe. “My phone's been ringing off the hook from seniors who feel deceived, confused and angry by a government that is not giving them straight answers. Pallister told Manitobans he would maintain the rebate on CJOB and a PC party representative told Maureen McGregor they would keep our government’s commitments. Enough is enough. Pallister needs to stop playing politics and come clean with seniors.”

Manitoba NDP denounce attack on workers

The Manitoba NDP stands with labour leaders and working families against Bill 7 – The Labour Relations Amendment Act that was tabled in the Legislature by Pallister’s Conservative government today, said Labour critic Tom Lindsey.

“We are extremely disappointed that this government is attacking workers’ right to organize and to be protected from intimidation,” said Lindsey. “Brian Pallister has removed protections against intimidation, which we cannot accept. He has shown Manitobans that he’s in the pocket of big business and will not stand up for working families’ rights to safe workplaces, fair wages and a voice at the table.”

Help stop Manitoba's cell phone rates from skyrocketing 

On May 2, Bell Canada struck a deal to buy Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS).

This would reduce options for cell services in Manitoba from four to just the big three national providers: Bell, Rogers and Telus. In Ontario, BC and Alberta, which only have the big three providers, all cell phone packages are dramatically more expensive with fewer options.

For example, none of the big three providers offer unlimited data like MTS does—and charges for going over can be huge.

But it’s not a done deal. It can still be stopped!

Manitoba NDP calls for every college & university to have sexual violence and sexual harassment policies in place

Today Fort Rouge MLA Wab Kinew introduced Bill 204 to the House, which would ensure that post-secondary educational institutions have policies in place to counter sexual violence and sexual harassment.

“We need to confront the issue of sexual violence and assault on campus head-on to make sure everyone can feel safe at school,” said Kinew. “We’ve heard this from students, from parents, and from administrators. It’s time for every post-secondary institution to have policies in place that will help them prevent and respond to these terrible situations, no matter how difficult.”