NDP Calls on Pallister Government to Defend Public Health-Care System; End Agenda of Cuts

The Pallister government must defend the public health-care system by closing the door on credit-card medicine and by reversing its agenda of privatization and cuts to health services for families across the province, NDP Health Critic Matt Wiebe said today.

“The premier is closing a Quick Care Clinic and threatening to close access centres and emergency rooms,” Wiebe said. “It seems the only solution the premier has for health care is to open the door to private medicine available only to those who can pay.”

NDP Calls on Pallister Government to Maintain Safeguards on Drinking Water Systems

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.

Pallister Government Blocks Bill That Would Have Recognized Workers’ Rights, Protected Incomes

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 Must Stop Delaying Repayment to Heart Attack Patient on Hook for $118,000 Bill

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 Calls on Pallister Government to Honour Vow To Build Personal Care Homes

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.”

NDP calls on Pallister government to come clean on health cuts

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.”

Pallister government votes against NPD bill to fight fentanyl crisis

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.