The Conservatives' accusations are completely unfounded. These are last-minute, desperate attempts to divert attention from Brian Pallister's web of cover-ups on the same day that he has been caught misleading Manitobans once again.
Brian Pallister and his Conservatives are trying to deflect from the many glaring holes in their own platform:
Like the fact that they still haven't accounted for how they will cut $300 million dollars from services by lowering the PST by 1%.
Like the fact that they haven't been honest with Manitobans about what they will cut to find tens of millions of dollars in so-called ‘savings.’
Brian Pallister continues to evade giving Manitobans specific answers about what health care services he wants to cut and privatize, so maybe Heather Stefanson will actually answer them:
Will they reduce parking fees at hospitals and support transport programs for patients of chronic diseases, as committed to by the NDP?
Will they try to privatize home care and bring in user fees, as Pallister and the Filmon Conservatives did last time they were in power?
Our NDP team knows the best place for a child is with their family, in their community. That’s why we worked hard to implement Customary Care and are reviewing the funding model for children in care.
We recognize the need to develop a prevention-based funding model and have made steady progress with agencies and authorities on developing a global funding model. This makes sure agencies still have the money they need to support families and communities as the numbers of children in care go down.
We recognize this is an important day and a landmark decision for Métis and non-status First Nations people.
I want to send my best wishes to everyone in Manitoba and around the world celebrating the festival of Vaisakhi.
This week, Manitoba's Gurdwaras are alive with celebration as families join together to mark the founding of Khalsa. Manitoba is home to such a vibrant Sikh community, and I feel so fortunate to have been a part of these celebrations over the years and to have learned about the rich history behind Vaisakhi.
The Bokhari Liberals seem to be unaware that Manitoba already has a Minister responsible for Lake Winnipeg: the Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship.
Our NDP government passed the Save Lake Winnipeg Act to keep phosphorus out of Lake Winnipeg, cracking down on hog manure entering our waterways and protecting wetlands.
We are the only party committed to funding upgrades to the City of Winnipeg's Wastewater Treatment Plants, which is the single largest source of pollution to Lake Winnipeg -- upgrades the Conservatives called "a complete waste of money."
Brian Pallister's reckless agenda is becoming more evident every day. In last night's debate, Brian Pallister made it clear that that he is open to privatized, two-tier health care. Today, the Conservatives released the blueprint for their first hundred days of cuts and privatization.
On CJOB radio this morning, Brian Pallister said we need to spend on health care -- but refused to give any details. That's because the only commitment he will make to health care is a committee to look at cuts and privatization.
We know you can't invest in health care and make deep budget cuts of half a billion dollars at the same time.
He also said he would listen to front-line workers when he conducts his corporate review of health care.
Brian Pallister will not rule out raising other taxes to cover the loss of revenue from bringing down the PST. He has been pressed by media at several announcements, and he refuses to rule out raising taxes that have a real impact on families and on small business -- and he refuses to commit to keeping the Seniors' School Tax Rebate.