Every student deserves to feel safe

Today's NDP believes that every student deserves to feel safe on campus, and we stand against all forms of sexual violence and harassment.

The recent events at Brandon University show that we have more work to do as a society to make sure sexual assault victims aren't afraid to come forward, and we are committed to doing our part.

We're proud of the work our NDP team has done so far, like making protection orders easier to get and championing paid leave for victims of domestic violence, the first legislation of its kind in North America. But we know there's more to do.

Brian Pallister has offered nothing new

Once again, Brian Pallister has offered nothing new.

His narrow approach to the economy is limited to only business interests, while excluding working people, universities and colleges, community organizations and non-profits, and Indigenous voices. He's fixated on an isolated regional trading block, instead of improving trade with the entire country.

Pallister's Distractions

Pallister's Conservatives are trying to distract Manitobans from his reckless agenda to cut health care, education, and jobs.

Our eight-year infrastructure plan is expected to create 100,000 good jobs for Manitobans. Many of them will be young people who have benefited from an apprenticeship.

It's jobs and opportunities like these that have more people moving here and more choosing to stay here to work and raise a family, and Manitoba's population went up by over 16,200 people in 2015.

Pallister wants to cut core infrastructure, putting good jobs and economic growth at risk.

Conservatives double down on their plan to cut 1.8 billion dollars from infrastructure

As expected, the Conservatives announced no new funding for municipalities today.

In fact, they doubled down on their plan to cut 1.8 billion dollars from infrastructure spending in the next six years.

The other day, the Conservative candidate at the CBC debate called important infrastructure investments like replacing the 100-year-old Louise Bridge "pet projects."

The last time Pallister had the chance, as a senior minister in the Filmon government, they raised the gas tax but cut highways investments. And now we know that he'll cut infrastructure again.

Another confusing Liberal policy announcement

Another day, another confusing policy announcement from the Bokhari Liberals—and this one is no April Fool's joke.

The Bokhari Liberals would sink $20 million into a government-run grocery store, but they want to privatize liquor sales and cancel the new Liquor and Lotteries headquarters that would bring hundreds of people downtown and help create the critical mass needed to sustain a grocery store.

That just doesn't make sense and doesn't add up.

Pallister opposed construction on the Floodway

It's nice to see Brian Pallister take an interest in the Floodway – the last time Manitobans were facing a major flood emergency he was off vacationing in Costa Rica.

The Floodway was completed on time and on budget, but Brian Pallister opposed construction on the Floodway for his own partisan purposes.

Now he is saying that he would scrap project management and community benefit agreements that benefit local workers, local communities, and help more young people get training that leads to good jobs.

Liberal Party plans to close hospitals and schools

Brandon families and all Manitobans should be deeply concerned about the Manitoba Liberal Party's plans to close hospitals and schools in Manitoba.

In recent days, they have confirmed that they want to let school divisions unilaterally close schools with less than 100 students. That would mean 82 school closures, mainly in rural and Northern Manitoba.

And just yesterday, the Liberal candidate for Brandon West confirmed that he thinks there are "too many hospitals" in Manitoba, and that "if we take one or two hospitals [out], you will see a difference."

Steady Progress

Manitoba's economy continues to benefit from the steady progress of investment from both the public and private sectors.

That's because the Manitoba NDP understands that you don't grow the economy by cutting infrastructure and the services families count on.

Supporting Customary Care

The NDP is committed to keeping children safe, supporting families and supporting communities so that all children can get a strong start in life.

We are disappointed the Liberals will not commit to Customary Care. This is a monumental system change that Indigenous leaders and families across the province have called for and support.