OmniTrax’s decision to lay off its workforce is devastating for those at the Port and the community of Churchill.
Pallister’s decision to remove an Indigenous leader and strong advocate for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and a former inner-city principal from the Winnipeg Police Board to make room for partisan appointments is harmful to the future of inclusive policing, MMIWG Critic Nahanni Fontaine said today.
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.
Pallister's Conservatives' first session was a disappointment for families and an indication that this government is not only out of touch with the needs of Manitobans, but willing to mislead and exclude them, said Interim Opposition Leader Flor Marcelino.
Yesterday, Premier Brian Pallister and his Finance Minister embarrassed Manitobans on the national stage by not signing the agreement on an affordable and sustainable expansion of the Canadian Pension Plan, Finance Critic James Allum said today.
“Manitobans are embarrassed and disappointed that the Pallister government did not choose to set a tone of partnership and sound decision-making with other provinces,” said Allum. “The Conservatives chose to side with big business instead of hardworking families, women, seniors and minimum wage earners.”
Manitoba seniors are fed up with the deceptions and arbitrary decisions from Pallister’s government that impact their future, said Health, Seniors and Active Living critic Matt Wiebe today.
“This government keeps hiding reckless decisions that impact vulnerable Manitobans with a dangerous game of smoke and mirrors,” said Wiebe. “My phone's been ringing off the hook from seniors who feel deceived, confused and angry by a government that is not giving them straight answers. Pallister told Manitobans he would maintain the rebate on CJOB and a PC party representative told Maureen McGregor they would keep our government’s commitments. Enough is enough. Pallister needs to stop playing politics and come clean with seniors.”
The Manitoba NDP stands with labour leaders and working families against Bill 7 – The Labour Relations Amendment Act that was tabled in the Legislature by Pallister’s Conservative government today, said Labour critic Tom Lindsey.
“We are extremely disappointed that this government is attacking workers’ right to organize and to be protected from intimidation,” said Lindsey. “Brian Pallister has removed protections against intimidation, which we cannot accept. He has shown Manitobans that he’s in the pocket of big business and will not stand up for working families’ rights to safe workplaces, fair wages and a voice at the table.”
On May 2, Bell Canada struck a deal to buy Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS).
This would reduce options for cell services in Manitoba from four to just the big three national providers: Bell, Rogers and Telus. In Ontario, BC and Alberta, which only have the big three providers, all cell phone packages are dramatically more expensive with fewer options.
For example, none of the big three providers offer unlimited data like MTS does—and charges for going over can be huge.
But it’s not a done deal. It can still be stopped!
Statement from Interim Leader of the Opposition Flor Marcelino on the tragedy of the Orlando shootings
All our hearts go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones in the Orlando massacre yesterday, as well as to the injured and those who witnessed the tragedy unfold.
This was an act of homophobic violence against the LGBTTQ* community—not only in Orlando, but for communities and individuals around the world.
Manitoba NDP calls for every college & university to have sexual violence and sexual harassment policies in place
Today Fort Rouge MLA Wab Kinew introduced Bill 204 to the House, which would ensure that post-secondary educational institutions have policies in place to counter sexual violence and sexual harassment.
“We need to confront the issue of sexual violence and assault on campus head-on to make sure everyone can feel safe at school,” said Kinew. “We’ve heard this from students, from parents, and from administrators. It’s time for every post-secondary institution to have policies in place that will help them prevent and respond to these terrible situations, no matter how difficult.”