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.

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.”

Manitobans Deserve More than A Part-time Premier

Today, Interim NDP Leader Flor Marcelino called on the Pallister government to reverse an austerity agenda that will hit families hard while the premier takes a 20 per cent pay raise and spends two months a year in Costa Rica.

"Premier Brian Pallister took a 20 per cent pay raise and says he deserves to take two months off a year in Costa Rica without using email, and then he imposes cuts on the rest of Manitoba," Marcelino said. "It's distressing that the premier asks families to tighten their belts while he spends two months a year out of touch at his vacation home in the tropics."

NDP Calls on Pallister Government To Use Carbon Tax Revenues for Clean Buses & Cars

The Pallister government must commit to using the new carbon tax to put more electric buses and cars on Manitoba roads, NDP MLA Rob Altemeyer said today.

“Pallister will soon be receiving millions of dollars, thanks to the new federal carbon tax,” Altemeyer said. “He must commit to using some of that revenue to provide interest-free loans to municipalities and individual Manitobans for the purchase of electric vehicles to reduce climate emissions right away and save money over the long term.”

NDP Calls on Pallister Government to Lobby Ottawa To Protect Refugees and Support Emerson Residents

The NDP is urging the Pallister government to lobby Ottawa to suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement with the U.S. in order to protect refugee asylum seekers and support Emerson residents, immigration critic Nahanni Fontaine said today. Fontaine also urged the provincial government to work with Ottawa to lift the cap on private sponsorship of refugees.

Pallister Government Breaks Promise to Release Review of Health-Care System: Wiebe

The Pallister government is hiding a review of the province’s health-care system it promised to make public and is running roughshod over the right of Manitobans to know what cuts and changes it’s planning, NDP Health Critic Matt Wiebe said today.

“The government has had this review of the health-care system in its hands for weeks, but Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen won’t allow Manitobans to know what’s in it or what their plans are,” Wiebe said. “Once again, Pallister and his minister are reneging on their promise to be transparent and accountable.”

Pallister Government’s Handpicked Hydro Board Slashing Jobs, Undermining Economy, Making Life More Expensive

By cutting 900 frontline workers and planning massive rate hikes, the Pallister government’s hand-picked Hydro board is undermining Manitoba’s most important Crown corporation, hurting our economy and making life more expensive for families and businesses, NDP labour critic Tom Lindsey said today.

“Cutting 900 frontline workers – 15 per cent of Hydro’s workforce – is a terrible blow to these individuals, their families and communities across this province,” Lindsey said. “This is a shocking and shortsighted move by the Pallister government's hand-picked board.”

Pallister Government Hurting Schools; Setting Stage for Worse Outcomes for Students

The Pallister government’s refusal to properly fund public schools will hurt students by making it tougher for teachers to offer the high-quality education families expect and deserve, NDP education critic Wab Kinew said today.

“The world is changing and we need to prepare students for the jobs and society of the future, which means we need to invest more in education, not less.” Kinew said. “But today, the Pallister government has said it will give public schools millions less than they will need to keep up with inflation and rising costs.”

Bernadette Smith nominated NDP candidate for Point Douglas

The Manitoba NDP is proud to have Bernadette Smith officially nominated as a candidate for the Point Douglas by-election, President Ovide Mercredi announced today.

“Point Douglas has an exceptionally qualified candidate in Bernadette,” Mercredi said. “Her longstanding advocacy for women’s and Indigenous rights, as well as her extensive experience working within the community have well-prepared her to serve the people of Point Douglas.”