The newly sworn-in Manitoba NDP Caucus has assigned critic roles that reflect the issues that are important to everyday Manitobans, Interim Leader Flor Marcelino said today.
“We are getting to work right away on protecting services that Manitobans count on every day, such as public health care, education and affordable, accessible child care,” said Marcelino. “We also heard from many in the community who are worried the PC Cabinet portfolios seem to leave out many issues that are important to Manitobans—such as disability and LGBTTQ* rights—and we intend to ensure their voices are heard.”
The Manitoba NDP Caucus worked together to develop a bold approach to critic roles. MLAs are assigned to each new government portfolio, but are also responsible for additional issues important to families and communities across Manitoba, including Housing, Reconciliation, Francophone Affairs, Climate Change and Labour.
“Over a third of all hard-working Manitobans fall under collective agreements and are concerned about job security, particularly those in front-line services and in the North,” said Tom Lindsey, MLA for Flin Flon and critic for Labour, Mineral Resources, Sports, Culture and Heritage. “I will make sure government has their best interests in mind, keeping workers safe and protecting jobs across our province.”
“We heard from Manitobans that reconciliation with Indigenous peoples is a top priority and I intend to bring these voices to the House and keep government accountable to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action,” said Wab Kinew, MLA for Fort Rouge and spokesperson for Reconciliation. “The Path to Reconciliation Act mandates that a Minister responsible for reconciliation develop a strategy for TRC implementation and I look forward to working together on this.”
Kinew is also critic for Education, Advanced Learning and Training, as well as Housing and Community Development.
The diversity of experience in the NDP Caucus has resulted in a strong Opposition where every MLA has expertise in their portfolios. The entire Caucus has been working together every day on preparing for the upcoming session and look forward to getting to the work of keeping government accountable and protecting the rights and well-being of all Manitobans.