Manitoba NDP Wraps Successful 2018 Convention

Brandon, MB - The Manitoba NDP 2018 Convention wrapped up today as delegates met in Brandon to focus on building towards the 2020 election and making Brian Pallister a one-term premier.

Throughout Convention 2018, delegates expressed opposition to Pallister’s heath care and education cuts that hurt Manitoba families and seniors. Resolutions were passed rejecting two-tier American-style privatized health care, calling for improved support for those dealing with addictions and mental health, condemning Pallister’s plan to close emergency rooms and urgent care centres and supporting a national universal pharmacare program.

NDP Takes Action to Protect Renters

Winnipeg, MB – Today the Manitoba NDP caucus took action to protect affordability for renters in Manitoba.

NDP Leader Wab Kinew announced that Bill 12, introduced by the government in March of 2018, will be delayed until the legislature returns in the fall. Currently, renters have the right to object to rent increases of any amount for good cause, such as a failure by the landlord to maintain their unit or building. Bill 12 would strip many renters of that right. If it is passed, only renters who are facing an increase that exceeds a specific amount will be able to object.

Cuts to Economic Development Program Will Hurt the North

Government must invest in the North: Lindsey

Winnipeg, MB – NDP MLA for Flin Flon Tom Lindsey is calling on the Pallister government to reverse its decision to cut $430,000 from the Community Economic Development Fund (CEDF), a 30% reduction in the Province’s annual contribution to the fund.

“The Pallister government says it cares about jobs in northern Manitoba. Yet after two years of promises, funds that support northern business have been cut,” said Lindsey.

Province Should Step Up On Addictions, Transit

Pallister asleep at the switch, not dealing with pressing issues: Kinew

Winnipeg, MB – NDP Leader Wab Kinew welcomed action on public safety and transit announced by Mayor Bowman in his State of the City Address today. Missing in action were any concrete initiatives from Brian Pallister to partner with the City of Winnipeg to electrify transit or stop the meth and opioids crisis.

NDP Announces Commission

Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba New Democrats announced the appointment of two women that will lead the Commission to Establish a Safe and Respectful Political Environment. The Commission is tasked with investigating the experiences of staff and elected officials who were subject to sexual harassment and misconduct.

The commission will be led by Kemlin Nembhard and Sandra Delaronde. Biographies for both are attached.

The goals of the commission will be:

An Update on the NDP Commission to Establish a Safe and Respectful Political Work Environment

Dear Friends,

Last week the Manitoba NDP Executive approved a proposal to create a Commission to Establish a Safe and Respectful Political Environment. This past week was difficult, and very triggering for many people, and we acknowledge the courage of the women who have come forward and shared their experiences about sexual harassment at work. We need to do much more to ensure safety and respect for all employees, MLAs, members and others.

Our commission will have four goals:

Manitoba New Democrats Pay Off Party Debt

Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba’s New Democratic Party announced today it has cleared outstanding debt from the 2016 election.

In year-end fundraising, the party brought in $82,500, almost twice what was raised in that same period in 2016.

NDP Leader Wab Kinew said that all money raised will now be about the 2020 election, to challenge Pallister’s agenda of cuts.