Pallister Government Refuses to Support NDP Bill That Would Have Ensured The Best Interests of Children Were Paramount in Family Court Cases

Today, the Pallister government refused to support an NDP bill that would have put children first in court cases involving families in conflict.

“This bill would have given voice to the concerns of children in cases that deal with custody, access and support,” said NDP MLA Andrew Swan, who introduced the bill in the Legislative Assembly today. “It’s unfortunate that the government saw fit to vote against a bill that would have helped resolve disputes in family breakdowns and reduce stress on children.”

NDP Candidate Bernadette Smith Condemns Pallister's Funding Cuts to North End Organizations

WINNIPEG – Bernadette Smith, the NDP candidate for Point Douglas, strongly condemns the Pallister government's decision to cut funding for North End non-profit organizations, including the North Point Douglas Women's Centre and North End Women's Centre.

“Cutting funding for organizations that provide critical front-line services to the most vulnerable is shameful," said Smith. "Instead of investing in our future, the Pallister government has once again broken its promise to protect front-line services that serve Point Douglas women and families."

NDP Calls on Pallister Government to Urge Ottawa to Recognize Indigenous People as Founding Nations

NDP MLA Amanda Lathlin today urged the Pallister government to call on the federal government to recognize Indigenous People as founding nations of Canada.

“This year, Canadians celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. It’s time to recognize Indigenous people as founders of Canada,” Lathlin said. “Recognizing the role of Indigenous nations and people in the founding of Canada is a step towards building a meaningful nation-to-nation relationship and an important step toward reconciliation.”

NDP Candidate Bernadette Smith excited for the start of Point Douglas Byelection

WINNIPEG – Bernadette Smith, the NDP candidate for Point Douglas, welcomes the start of the Point Douglas byelection.

“I’m excited for the official start of this campaign and eager to debate ideas to make this a more vibrant community for our families,” said Smith. “I’m proud to carry the NDP banner and look forward to continuing the legacy of social justice, community building and strong representation of former NDP MLA Kevin Chief.”

NDP Calls on Premier Pallister to Follow Brad Wall’s Example; Stop Using Private Email for Government Business: Swan

Premier Brian Pallister must follow Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall’s example and stop using his private email for government business, NDP Justice Critic Andrew Swan said today.

“When it was revealed yesterday that Premier Wall was using his private email for government business he said the practice will stop,” Swan said. “Premier Wall recognized that he was wrong and Premier Pallister should do the same.”

Pallister Government Refuses to Support NDP Motion Asking Province to Extend Services for Children in Care to Age 25

The Pallister government today refused to support an NDP motion to raise the age for youth in care to be eligible for support services from 21 to 25, which would have allowed them to receive the vital services they need to succeed as adults.

“In a rapidly changing and more complex world it is no longer sufficient to end services for youth in care at age 21,” said NDP MLA Andrew Swan. “Many youth are aging out of care at 21 but still require additional supports.”