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.
NDP Supports Fishers in Fight to Save Livelihoods from Pallister Government's Reckless Attack on Industry
The NDP today joined forces with hundreds of fishers who will lose their livelihoods if the Pallister government refuses to reverse its ideologically driven decision to leave the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation.
Pallister Government Proposes Agenda of Layoffs for Front-Line Workers While Full-Time Jobs Disappear
The Pallister Government’s agenda of cuts and layoffs for front-line workers is undermining services for families while an uncertain economy reels from thousands of full-time job losses, Interim NDP Leader Flor Marcelino said today.
“Since Pallister became premier, nearly 14,000 full-time jobs have disappeared while he wastes time and millions of dollars on ideological reviews,” Marcelino said. “His reckless commitment to austerity is damaging our economy and is hurting services for everyday families.”
The Pallister government’s proposal to charge newcomers $500 and change the rules of the Provincial Nominee Program is a blatant cash grab that hurts newcomers and the province, NDP Interim Leader Flor Marcelino said today.
“The premier is making unnecessary and drastic changes to the highly successful Provincial Nominee Program and justifies it with false claims that many newcomers end up on welfare,” Marcelino said. “The reality is newcomers through the PNP program have among the most successful employment records in Canada and they put down roots in Manitoba.”
An NDP amendment to a government motion to ensure fairness in the Canada Pension Plan for women and persons with disabilities passed unanimously in the Manitoba legislature today.
“Women and persons with disabilities should not be penalized for circumstances beyond their control,” said NDP MLA Jamie Allum, who introduced the amendment. “By calling for a drop-out provision in the expanded CPP program, Canada’s pension system will be fairer for all Canadians.”
The NDP today introduced a bill to help fight the fentanyl crisis by limiting the ownership and possession of pill presses.
“Manitobans are dying from fentanyl and carfentanil overdoses so it’s important that we do everything possible to stop the trafficking of these extremely dangerous drugs,” NDP Health Critic Matt Wiebe said today. “Pill presses are cheap and easy to obtain and dealers are using them to make pills laced with the deadly drugs.”
The NDP is calling on the Pallister government to keep the current legislation on public-private partnerships (P3s) to maintain accountability and transparency while protecting taxpayers from financial losses from bad deals, NDP MLA James Allum said today.
The NDP is urging the Pallister government to guarantee that the review of the provincial library system doesn’t result in a reduction of services for Manitobans, NDP Interim Leader Flor Marcelino said today.
“We have seen now how this government says one thing and does another. In yesterday’s throne speech, the government said they were going to apply a ‘return-on-investment test to prioritize government investments in … social and cultural projects’,” Marcelino said. “We are deeply concerned what this will mean for valuable social and cultural assets like libraries.”
NDP Urges Pallister Government to Commit to Progressive Measures In Throne Speech to Help Families, Create Jobs and Boost Economy: Marcelino
In this legislative session, the Pallister government must commit to real investments in health care, education, infrastructure, job creation, poverty reduction, the environment and to improving the lives of all families, especially Indigenous families, Interim NDP Leader Flor Marcelino said today.
The NDP team worked hard to improve health and other services for families in the first session under Brian Pallister’s new government while challenging the premier and his ministers to reverse course on their regressive policies, NDP Interim Leader Flor Marcelino said today.