NDP Calls on Pallister Government to Defend Public Health-Care System; End Agenda of Cuts

The Pallister government must defend the public health-care system by closing the door on credit-card medicine and by reversing its agenda of privatization and cuts to health services for families across the province, NDP Health Critic Matt Wiebe said today.

“The premier is closing a Quick Care Clinic and threatening to close access centres and emergency rooms,” Wiebe said. “It seems the only solution the premier has for health care is to open the door to private medicine available only to those who can pay.”

NDP Calls on Pallister Government to Maintain Safeguards on Drinking Water Systems

The NDP is calling on the Pallister government on World Water Day to be honest about its “Red Tape” bill, which weakens reviews that safeguard Manitoba’s drinking water, said NDP Environment Critic Rob Altemeyer. While mandatory testing of water continues, the government is relaxing how frequently the systems that treat and distribute our drinking water are subject to reassessment, Altemeyer said.

Pallister Government Blocks Bill That Would Have Recognized Workers’ Rights, Protected Incomes

The Pallister government has turned its back on workers by blocking an NDP bill that would have required the province to recognize and honour the constitutional right to collective bargaining, Labour Critic Tom Lindsey said today.

“All families benefit from the workplace advances that have been won through collective bargaining over many years in Manitoba,” Lindsey said. “But this government wants to tear up contracts and roll back those advances. This is completely disrespectful to workers, to families and to all Manitobans.”

Health Minister Must Stop Delaying Repayment to Heart Attack Patient on Hook for $118,000 Bill

Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen should stop dragging his feet and cover the exorbitant medical bill a Sprague man who suffered a heart attack and is saddled with a $118,000 medical bill after he was taken to a U.S. hospital, NDP health critic Matt Wiebe said today. He’s also refusing to say whether he will do anything to prevent other Manitobans from ending up with the same unfair burden due to a health crisis, Wiebe added.