Pallister Government Must Ensure Essential Medicine Mifegymiso Is Accessible and Affordable for all Women: Fontaine

The Manitoba NDP urges the Pallister government to develop a dispensing and regulation plan for Mifegymiso and include it in the provincial Pharmacare plan to ensure that all women have easy access to it, MLA Nahanni Fontaine said today.

“Mifegymiso is listed by the World Health Organization as an ‘essential medicine’ and was approved by Health Canada in July,” Fontaine said. “When the abortion pill becomes available this month it will be too expensive and too difficult to obtain for many women unless the government ensures it is affordable and accessible.”

Manitoba MLAs Voted Unanimously Across Party Lines Today To Work Toward Improving Services in First Nations Communities

Manitoba MLAs from all parties put aside partisan politics today to voice their concerns about the federal government’s failure to meet its duty to fully fund services such as education, health-care services and services for children in care in First Nations communities.

The vote in the Legislative Assembly this afternoon (Oct. 26, 2016) was in response to a motion by NDP MLA Wab Kinew. The motion stated: “That the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba condemn the Federal Government’s inaction in equitably funding social services for First Nations people.”

Pallister Government Delays its Own Legislation To Muzzle Voices of Public & MLAs: Lindsey

The Pallister government is intentionally delaying introducing its own anti-labour bill in order to limit the time the public and members of the Legislative Assembly can voice their concerns, NDP MLA Tom Lindsey said today.

“Manitobans deserve a debate on Bill 7,” Lindsey said. “The only reason to delay introducing it is to muzzle the voices of Manitobans and members of the Legislative Assembly who know this anti-labour legislation is going to make it harder for workers to improve conditions in the workplace.”

Manitoba Loses 10,800 Jobs Since May Under Pallister Government’s Watch

Manitoba has lost 10,800 full-time jobs since May under the Pallister government’s watch, according to the latest figures released this morning by Statistics Canada.

“This is a worrisome trend. Every one of those lost jobs represents a real person who now has to rely on Employment Insurance or move out of the province to find work so they can support themselves or their families,” said NDP Interim Leader Flor Marcelino. “Meanwhile, the Pallister government is fixated on firing hundreds of civil servants, freezing the minimum wage and picking fights with organized labour, rather than coming up with a plan to grow the economy and create jobs.”

Pallister Government Failing to Stand up For Working Manitobans

The Pallister government has abandoned working families and individuals by refusing to protect their right to be paid a living wage and by undermining long-standing practices that create fairness in the workplace, Interim NDP Leader Flor Marcelino said today.

“This government is showing a disregard for workers who face rising costs for food and to put a roof over their heads,” Marcelino said. “Brian Pallister keeps saying he has a plan to make Manitoba the most improved province but he’s actually making it worse for working individuals and families.”

Pallister Government Undercutting Manitoba’s Affordability Advantage

Manitoba families are in danger of losing their affordability advantage under a Pallister government that has no plan to grow the economy and sits on its hands while costs threaten to rise, NDP Interim Leader Flor Marcelino said today.

“Instead of putting forward real plans to invest in the economy, create jobs and maintain one of the lowest costs of living in the country, the Pallister government is content to conduct endless reviews,” Marcelino said. “We urge the premier to stop ducking his responsibility and instead work on behalf of Manitoba families.”