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.”

Manitoba Loses 10,800 Jobs Since May Under Pallister Government’s Watch

Manitoba has lost 10,800 full-time jobs since May under the Pallister government’s watch, according to the latest figures released this morning by Statistics Canada.

“This is a worrisome trend. Every one of those lost jobs represents a real person who now has to rely on Employment Insurance or move out of the province to find work so they can support themselves or their families,” said NDP Interim Leader Flor Marcelino. “Meanwhile, the Pallister government is fixated on firing hundreds of civil servants, freezing the minimum wage and picking fights with organized labour, rather than coming up with a plan to grow the economy and create jobs.”

NDP will support 1,500 more apprenticeship students a year, helping more Manitobans get good jobs

Today’s NDP will invest to help up to 1,500 more apprentices get apprenticeship training and good jobs, announced NDP Leader Greg Selinger.

"These investments will help young Manitobans get the skills they need to get a head start on a good job after they graduate,” said Selinger. “Businesses tell us they need more skilled workers to meet the demands of our growing economy, and these strategic investments mean a brighter
future for Manitoba’s young people. Brian Pallister’s cuts to infrastructure alone will be mean 20,000 fewer jobs compared to our strategic infrastructure plan.”

NDP will create more good jobs in the Parklands, invest to expand rural cell phone and Internet coverage

Today’s NDP will make significant upgrades to Parklands highways, upgrade the carpentry shop and culinary arts program at Dauphin Regional Comprehensive Secondary School, and create a $5-million fund to partner with industry to expand cell phone and broadband Internet coverage in rural and Northern Manitoba, NDP Leader Greg Selinger said.