Letter to the editor from Amanda Lathlin, NDP MLA for The Pas and NDP critic for Indigenous and northern affairs

Manitobans deserve leadership that brings them together, rather than divides them. Manitobans deserve leadership that emphasizes our common values, rather than inflaming tensions and inciting emotions.

Premier Brian Pallister, however, has made inflammatory comments on the issue of night hunting over the past several weeks. He first said it was becoming a “race war” in a private closed-door meeting with party supporters. He refused to clarify or to withdraw his irresponsible comments at the time.

Health Minister Must Overturn Ruling That put Heart Attack Patient on Hook for $118,000 Bill

Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen should overturn a ruling by his department that dismissed a heart attack patient’s request for help with his $118,000 medical bill from a U.S. hospital, NDP health critic Matt Wiebe said today.

“Through no fault of his own, Robin Milne was handed a huge medical bill after being sent from his home in Sprague to the U.S., where doctors saved his life,” Wiebe said. “The Pallister government should pay that bill and ensure that no other Manitobans face the same traumatic shock when fighting for their lives.”

Pallister Government Breaks Promise To Reveal Results of “Value for Money Audit”

Despite promising to show Manitobans the results of his “value for money” audit of government programs, Premier Brian Pallister is now refusing to reveal any information about it, documents received by the NDP show.

“Last June, the Pallister government vowed it would be transparent and promised it would release 97 per cent of the information in the audit of government programs,” NDP MLA James Allum said today. “Manitobans paid for this audit but the premier is now refusing to release any information. He is clearly breaking his promise of transparency and accountability.”

The premier launched his “value for money” audit of all government programs last summer. The audit was done by accounting firm KPMG for $740,000 and completed before the end of 2016.

Pallister Shows Disrespect for Frontline Workers With Single-minded Focus on Austerity: Lindsey

The Pallister government has once again showed its disrespect for frontline workers and their unions by refusing to work with them in good faith, NDP MLA Tom Lindsey said today.

“While we’re happy the government has finally met with labour leaders – nearly eight months after being elected – today’s meeting with Finance Minister Cameron Friesen appears to be nothing but a smokescreen with a predetermined outcome,” Lindsey said. “Despite his earlier promises, the premier didn’t bother to attend the meeting. It’s clear he’s not interested in listening to the concerns of frontline workers and doesn’t want their input into government policy. It’s also clear he’s setting the stage for tearing up contracts, freezing wages and cutting services.”

Response to the Pallister Government's Second Quarter Financial Report

Today’s report by the Pallister government is disappointing but not surprising. It’s more evidence of an austerity agenda that is shedding good jobs and making life harder for Manitoba families.

Since May, Manitoba has lost nearly 14,000 full-time jobs. This government has the worst record on creating full-time jobs west of New Brunswick and today’s update confirms that Manitoba’s projected employment forecast is negative for the year. This is combined with a minimum-wage freeze, a concerted government attack on front-line workers and a significant cut in infrastructure spending.