Just like Pallister’s so-called review of regulations in the 1990s, this announcement is for show, not about substance – there is no need for a government to legislate this rule. By introducing such a law, the Pallister government is potentially hamstringing itself or any future government by forcing it to eliminate regulations merely for the sake of show.
The Brandon Sun revealed today that Premier Pallister claimed in a closed door party meeting there is a ‘race war’ in Manitoba, before leaving for Costa Rica.
“Premier Pallister’s ‘race war’ comments are a divisive and unhelpful intervention in an already over-heated conversation”, Wab Kinew, NDP MLA for Fort Rouge said today.
“To claim behind closed doors that there is a ‘race war’ in your province and to then leave for a multi-week vacation in Costa Rica is not leadership – it’s irresponsible. The Premier should return to Manitoba immediately, apologize for his insensitive comments, and start discussions on solutions that work for everyone” said Kinew.
The NDP has named a new caucus chair and new roles for two MLAs, Interim Leader Flor Marcelino said today.
The new caucus roles take effect immediately and include:
- Tom Lindsey, MLA for Flin Flon, will assume the role of caucus chair;
- James Allum, MLA for Fort Garry-Riverview, will add the critic role for Growth, Enterprise and Trade to his other duties; and
- Nahanni Fontaine, MLA for St. Johns, will add the critic role for Children and Youth Opportunities to her other duties.
Today, Kevin Chief announced his resignation as the MLA for Point Douglas, which will take effect at the end of the year. He is a valued colleague and member of our NDP team. We will miss his experience, his wisdom, his guidance and his friendship. We fully support his desire to devote more time to his wife, Melanie, and his young children, Hayden, Kellan and Dax.
“We have learned today that the Pallister government directly interfered for political reasons in an ongoing labour negotiation,” said NDP MLA Wab Kinew. "The U of M and the faculty association have been bargaining for months and were already in mediation, but the Pallister government has forced them to start over by appearing to impose a wage freeze on all public sector employees.
It is with great sadness that we learned today of the death of Jim Prentice. On behalf of the Manitoba NDP caucus, I want to offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Prentice. Mr. Prentice was a tireless and dedicated worker for the people of Alberta in his time as premier and for all Canadians when he served as a federal cabinet minister. His passing is a great loss, not just for his family and friends, but for all Canadians. He was a true statesman and a great Canadian.
“What is clear today is there are no limits to how far the PC government will go to refight the last election. They promised during the election they would deliver an independent review of Bipole III by the Public Utilities Board. Instead, they reneged on that promise and a U.S. consultant was hired.
As the AG points out, the East Side Road is not a typical infrastructure project. This was designed to connect 13 isolated First Nations communities while developing training and creating good jobs.
This work is a massive undertaking, and we agree with the AG’s recommendations that improvements were needed in the processes.
While in government, we recognized the need for more midwife training and had found a solution we committed to fulfilling through a joint program. Over the last few months, we have called on the government to make sure midwifery programming continues. It is positive that the PC government is now alert to the need for immediate action to ensure courses continue in the fall. However, we are uncertain what this means for Northern partnerships. We are hopeful that the announcement today meets the needs of students, though we are unaware whether any of the students were notified of these new plans.
Today reflects the thirty-plus years of courageous and resilient work that families of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls across the country have pursued in honour of their loved ones. Today marks the culmination of a long and difficult journey in gaining recognition and justice for MMIWG families' daughters, mothers, sisters, grandmothers, cousins, lovers and friends.
This is an historic moment for Canada, and indeed, for families and communities across the country.