NDP Environment Critic Rob Altemeyer today introduced a bill in the Manitoba Legislature that would help protect the province’s lakes and wetlands and help mitigate the effects of flooding.
The NDP is calling on the Pallister government on World Water Day to be honest about its “Red Tape” bill, which weakens reviews that safeguard Manitoba’s drinking water, said NDP Environment Critic Rob Altemeyer. While mandatory testing of water continues, the government is relaxing how frequently the systems that treat and distribute our drinking water are subject to reassessment, Altemeyer said.
The Pallister government has turned its back on workers by blocking an NDP bill that would have required the province to recognize and honour the constitutional right to collective bargaining, Labour Critic Tom Lindsey said today.
“All families benefit from the workplace advances that have been won through collective bargaining over many years in Manitoba,” Lindsey said. “But this government wants to tear up contracts and roll back those advances. This is completely disrespectful to workers, to families and to all Manitobans.”
Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen should stop dragging his feet and cover the exorbitant medical bill a Sprague man who suffered a heart attack and is saddled with a $118,000 medical bill after he was taken to a U.S. hospital, NDP health critic Matt Wiebe said today. He’s also refusing to say whether he will do anything to prevent other Manitobans from ending up with the same unfair burden due to a health crisis, Wiebe added.
Pallister Government Kills NDP Bill That Would Have Provided School Stability for Children in CFS Care
The Pallister government has voted down an NDP bill that would have gone a long way to providing stability in the lives of children in CFS care, Education Critic Wab Kinew said today.
“This bill would have ensured that children who’ve been taken into care would have been able to stay in the same school as before they were in care,” Kinew said. “It can be traumatizing for children who have left their families to also be taken from their familiar schools and classmates. Why would the government not want to reduce the stresses on children?”
NDP Mark International Women’s Day With call on Pallister Government To Foster a More Equitable Workplace Environment for Women
The Pallister government must work to close the wage gap, increase workplace equality, create more affordable child-care spaces and ensure equal access to the essential medicine Mifegymiso for all women, NDP MLA Nahanni Fontaine said today in marking International Women’s Day.
The NDP is calling on the Pallister government to honour its promise to quickly build 1,200 personal care home beds to meet the growing needs of families and communities, Health Critic Matt Wiebe said today.
“In his mandate letter to the minister, the premier directed him to ‘fast-track the construction of 1,200 new personal care home beds’ but not one new bed is underway a year later,” Wiebe said. “Instead of action, the health minister has thrown roadblocks in the way of any construction, shutting down PCH construction across the province.”
Today, the NDP is calling on the Pallister government to be transparent and honest about cuts it’s making to health-care services across the province, Health Critic Matt Wiebe said.
“The Pallister government has ordered regional health authorities to make deep cuts but has refused to tell families what those cuts will be,” Wiebe said. “We call on the premier to be honest and tell families exactly what services will be cut and who will be affected.”
Today, the Pallister government voted down an NDP bill to fight the Fentanyl crisis that would have limited the ownership and possession of pill presses, Health Critic Matt Wiebe said today.
“Manitobans are dying from fentanyl and carfentanil overdoses and we should do everything we can to keep pill presses out of the hands of dealers,” Wiebe said. “Why would the Pallister government vote against a bill to limit ownership and possession of pill presses?”
Pill presses are cheap and easy to obtain and dealers are using them to make pills laced with the deadly drugs, Wiebe noted.
Today, Interim NDP Leader Flor Marcelino called on the Pallister government to reverse an austerity agenda that will hit families hard while the premier takes a 20 per cent pay raise and spends two months a year in Costa Rica.
"Premier Brian Pallister took a 20 per cent pay raise and says he deserves to take two months off a year in Costa Rica without using email, and then he imposes cuts on the rest of Manitoba," Marcelino said. "It's distressing that the premier asks families to tighten their belts while he spends two months a year out of touch at his vacation home in the tropics."