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.”

Brian Pallister puts Manitoba’s public health care on the table for privatization

Brian Pallister finally revealed that privatizing Manitoba’s public health care is also on the table in his plan to cut half a billion dollars from the public services families rely on, NDP Leader Greg Selinger said today.

“Privatizing health care means that the quality of your care will come down to how much money you have, not how sick you are,” said Selinger. “That is fundamentally wrong. Our public health care is not for sale.”