Manitoba NDP Welcomes the Federal Government Apology For the Forced Relocation of the Sayisi Dene

Tadoule Lake, MB--Tom Lindsey, the NDP MLA for Flin Flon, today welcomed the Government of Canada’s apology for the forced relocation of the Sayisi Dene from their homelands in 1956.

“The tragic results are one of the shameful stories in Canadian history,” said Lindsey. “More than a third of the 250 band members died after the government moved them from their traditional land at Little Duck lake to an exposed piece of tundra near Churchill.”

Pallister Government’s First 100 Days Fail Manitoba Families, Put Brakes on Job Creation and Stall the Economy

Brian Pallister promised “change for the better” in his first 100 days in office—what families got instead was a lump of coal and a cold shoulder, Opposition Leader Flor Marcelino said today.

“In opposition, Pallister made sweeping promises about making Manitoba the ‘most improved province in Canada’ but he seems determined to do the opposite now that he’s in power,” Marcelino said. “On his watch the unemployment rate has climbed, investments in infrastructure have stalled, families who need child care are being ignored, the North is being snubbed and the environment is suffering.”

Provincial Government Must Take Immediate Action to Help Laid-off Workers and Ensure Resumption of Grain Shipments from Port of Churchill

It has been two weeks since Omnitrax shut down grain shipments and laid off port workers, but the Pallister government has not offered any solutions to save the 2016 shipping season or any support for workers and their families, NDP MLA for Flin Flon Tom Lindsey said today.

“People in Churchill and the surrounding communities are worried about their future, and the longer this drags on without a solution, the harder it is for them,” Lindsey said. “The provincial government can’t continue to sit back and do nothing. They have to assure the people of Churchill the province is actively working with the private sector, including the owner of the railway and port to see the grain elevator re-open this season.”

NDP Call for Leadership in Response to Crisis in the North: Loss of Freight Service Adding Insult to Injury

Pallister and his cabinet are failing families in Churchill, in the North and across Canada by not taking leadership to find a solution to the devastating impact of OmniTRAX’s abrupt decision to layoff staff in Churchill and cut back on freight rail service, MLA for Flin Flon Tom Lindsey said today.

Sources have informed the Manitoba NDP that OmniTRAX is also cutting freight shipments by rail from twice a week to once a week starting July 29th.

Pallister embarrasses Manitoba on national stage

Yesterday, Premier Brian Pallister and his Finance Minister embarrassed Manitobans on the national stage by not signing the agreement on an affordable and sustainable expansion of the Canadian Pension Plan, Finance Critic James Allum said today.

“Manitobans are embarrassed and disappointed that the Pallister government did not choose to set a tone of partnership and sound decision-making with other provinces,” said Allum. “The Conservatives chose to side with big business instead of hardworking families, women, seniors and minimum wage earners.”