The Pallister Government must commit to raising the minimum wage this year to ensure workers are compensated fairly and can make ends meet, NDP MLA Tom Lindsey said today.
On Wednesday, the Pallister government reneged on a promise to have the Public Utility Board do an independent review of Bipole III – instead his ministers paraded a U.S. consulting firm’s report as though it had discovered new and startling data that can only be a prelude to raising rates, NDP MLA James Allum said today.
The Pallister government has once again shown it has no vision for the future by forcing Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries to cancel a new headquarters that would have helped to revitalize downtown Winnipeg, NDP MLA Ted Marcelino said today.
The Pallister government has just laid off some 80 workers effective Nov. 25 with no clear plan in place to continue the work that would connect the communities on the East Side Road or grow the regional economy, NDP MLA Jim Maloway said today.
“The government has a responsibility to explain to Manitobans and especially the residents of the East Side of Lake Winnipeg whether the road construction project will continue,” Maloway said. “The future of the communities and the jobs that would come from this project are now in limbo.”
THE PAS— The Pallister government must work with resource companies to deliver real solutions to help keep the Tolko paper mill open, NDP MLA Amanda Lathlin said today.
“The crisis in The Pas is very real and will be devastating for workers and their families,” Lathlin said. “Our forests are resources that belong to all Manitobans. Government has a clear role in helping families now before they lose their livelihoods and their homes.”
Job figures released by Statistics Canada reveal an alarming drop in full-time employment under the Pallister government and its regressive policies, NDP MLA James Allum said today.
The Manitoba NDP is urging the Pallister government to give families more time to respond in a thoughtful way to the possible lifting of the ban on cosmetic use of pesticides, MLA Rob Altemeyer said today.
Pallister Government Shows Lack of Vision for the Future, no Plan to Grow Economy In Killing Winnipeg Railway Relocation Review
In killing a much-needed review of the economic advantages of moving Winnipeg’s railway lines, the Pallister government is showing a lack of any vision for the future of Manitoba’s capital city, said NDP MLA Nahanni Fontaine.
“This is a government that has no plan to grow the economy or create jobs and now it has passed on an opportunity to help transform the city,” said Fontaine. “There are so many possible advantages in planning for the future of our city, and yet this government is content to live in the past.”
Labour Day has traditionally been a time to honour the contributions of workers to creating this great province, but the Pallister government is casting a dark cloud over this year’s celebrations, NDP Finance Critic James Allum said today.
“Pallister is slamming the brakes on projects across the province and he’s already hurting the economy,” said Allum. “Pallister’s first budget cut tens of millions from infrastructure, which includes hospitals, schools and highways. Now we see they won’t help communities that are going through tough times and people are losing their jobs.”
Province Must Maintain Existing Pesticide Legislation to Continue Protecting Expectant Mothers, Children and Pets
The Pallister government must preserve legislation that reduces the risk to children and pets of exposure to synthetic pesticides for non-essential purposes, NDP MLA Rob Altemeyer said today.
“The current law reduces the risks of exposure to synthetic chemical pesticides, and was introduced after a lengthy consultation with Manitobans,” Altemeyer said. “Let’s not turn back the clock. Let’s keep these strong protections in place for expectant mothers, our children and our pets.”