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.”

Pallister government interferance in bargaining puts U of M school year in joepardy: Wab Kinew

“We have learned today that the Pallister government directly interfered for political reasons in an ongoing labour negotiation,” said NDP MLA Wab Kinew. "The U of M and the faculty association have been bargaining for months and were already in mediation, but the Pallister government has forced them to start over by appearing to impose a wage freeze on all public sector employees.

Statement from Matt Wiebe on midwifery programming

While in government, we recognized the need for more midwife training and had found a solution we committed to fulfilling through a joint program. Over the last few months, we have called on the government to make sure midwifery programming continues. It is positive that the PC government is now alert to the need for immediate action to ensure courses continue in the fall. However, we are uncertain what this means for Northern partnerships. We are hopeful that the announcement today meets the needs of students, though we are unaware whether any of the students were notified of these new plans.

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.”