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.
We understand how valuable the Port of Churchill and the Bay Line are to economic development in the North and to the future of the community.
Our critic, Tom Lindsey, is on the ground in Churchill today. He’s talking to those affected by OmniTrax’s decision who are not hearing from the government.
OmniTrax’s decision to lay off its workforce is devastating for those at the Port and the community of Churchill.
We’re relieved that the Conservative government has finally woken up to the fact that Manitoba working families overwhelming wanted their government to sign on to improvements to the CPP. As longtime supporters of the CPP, we’re disappointed that it took Brian Pallister so long to join the national consensus, but we urge him to remain at the table for regularly scheduled reviews of CPP. We stand with working families to ensure they have a national CPP plan that works for them.