Pallister Government’s Cuts to Doctor Recruitment Program Will Hurt Rural and Northern Families

deserve, NDP MLAs Amanda Lathlin and Tom Lindsey said today.

“Families in the North and in rural areas need to know they and their children will be able to see a doctor in their own community when illness or accidents happen,” said Lathlin, the MLA for The Pas. “But now, the Pallister government has eliminated a grant program and tax rebates that helped attract doctors to rural and northern Manitoba.”

NDP Demands Transparency in Public-Private Partnerships; Pallister Government’s Legislation Reduces Accountability

The NDP demands that the Pallister government ensure transparency and accountability in public-private partnerships to ensure Manitobans get real value for money on government projects, NDP MLA James Allum said today.

“The Pallister government is failing to ensure that private-public partnerships are subject to public scrutiny,” Allum said. “P3 deals should not be done in secrecy or without assurance that the public’s money is being spent wisely.”

Town Hall to Air Concerns of Families Affected by Concordia ER Cut and other Health-care Cuts in Northeast Winnipeg

Families in northeast Winnipeg will have a chance to voice their concerns over major cuts to health-care services at a town hall today at 6 p.m. at East Elmwood Community Centre in the multipurpose room (490 Keenleyside St).

Daniel Blaikie, NDP MP for Elmwood-Transcona, and Matt Wiebe, NDP MLA for Concordia will ensure the voices of families in the community are heard by the provincial and federal governments.

Pallister Government Would put Families at Risk by Ending Ban On Potentially Harmful Pesticides

The Pallister government may be putting families at risk with proposed legislation that could see the end of the ban on some pesticides for cosmetic purposes, said NDP Environment Critic Rob Altemeyer.

“The government has failed to provide any new scientific evidence to justify removing the ban on the use of pesticides for purely cosmetic purposes,” Altemeyer said. “In contrast to consultation with experts and scientific evidence, the government is basing this move on a poorly constructed survey and is refusing to release the results of their supposed consultation with Manitobans.”

Pallister Government Shutters Green Manitoba, Leaving Environmental Future of Province in Doubt

On the cusp of Earth Day, the Pallister government has quietly shut down Green Manitoba Eco Solutions, an agency that worked with communities to deliver programs and information to help preserve and protect the environment and keep waste out of landfills.

“The Pallister government needs to be open about why it’s shutting down this agency,” said NDP Environment Critic Rob Altemeyer. “At a time when it’s more important than ever to preserve our environment, is this a sign the government no longer wants to invest in the future of our children?”

Pallister Government Misleads Families by Repackaging Bursary Program for Post-Secondary Students

The Pallister government is misleading families by trying to portray funding announced today as something new, NDP Education Critic Wab Kinew said.

“Today, the Pallister government tried to claim it was doing students a favour ¬– two days after they said they’ll make students play $58 million more in taxes,” Kinew said. “In reality, the amount of funding announced today is the same as last year – it’s just repackaged with earlier availability dates,” Kinew said.

Pallister Government’s Budget Hits North Hard, Ignores Needs of Northern Families

Families and communities in the North were hit hard by the latest budget from the Pallister Government, NDP MLAs Amanda Lathlin and Tom Lindsey said today.

“At a time when the North needs investments in health care, education and jobs, the Pallister government has turned its back on families,” said Lindsey, the MLA for Flin Flon. “The North needs a jobs and training strategy that will ensure long-term economic growth and provide families hope for a brighter future for their children.”

Pallister Budget Cuts Health and Education, Hurts Frontline Services, Undermines Economy

The Pallister government’s budget cuts frontline health and education services, hits students with a tax increase while raising tuition fees and fails to address the needs of families across Manitoba, Interim NDP Leader Flor Marcelino said today.

“This is a badly designed budget that is putting Manitoba on the wrong track,” Marcelino said. “Manitobans want a balanced approach, not one that shuts ERs, cuts the health-care infrastructure budget by 20 per cent and makes no commitment to new schools, gyms or labs for our education system.”

Pallister Government’s Plan to Shut Winnipeg Emergency Rooms Will Undermine Patient Care; a Broken Promise

The NDP condemns the Pallister government’s plan to shut down emergency rooms in Winnipeg – a move that will undermine patient care across Winnipeg, Health Critic Matt Wiebe said.

“The Pallister government introduced a plan today that will force more patients to use fewer emergency rooms without adding more resources to those surviving hospitals,” Wiebe said. “Cutting emergency rooms does not help families get the care they need when they need it.”

NDP Holds Three More Pallister Government Bills To Allow Manitobans Greater Chance to Voice Concerns: Lindsey

The NDP is today forcing the Pallister government to hold three bills that have long-term negative impacts on Manitobans, MLA Tom Lindsey said. The bills would make it harder to vote in provincial elections; would weaken standards for the assessment of drinking water systems and protection of provincial watersheds; and would put the livelihoods of fishing communities at risk, Lindsey said.