This is another blow for health care in Manitoba. The firing of so many employees at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and at Prairie Mountain Health is misguided. At a time when the government has caused so much disruption and confusion in the system, they are also firing people who support patient care.
The Manitoba NDP condemns Pallister's PC government's cuts to Rent Assist Benefits for Manitobans that need it most.
"The Pallister government is trying to hide another cut to services for vulnerable Manitobans by waiting until after the legislative session ended," said Bernadette Smith, NDP candidate for Point Douglas. "This program is supposed to help low-income and working Manitobans pay their rent and lift themselves out of poverty — all candidates in this race should condemn this cut."
NDP Calls on Pallister Government to Ensure Churchill and Any Communities Isolated by Floods Receive Critical Food and Medical Supplies by Air
The NDP is calling on the Pallister government to ensure the Town of Churchill and any other remote communities cut off by flooding receive critical food and medical supplies by air until the train can reach them once again.
“The provincial government has a responsibility to all Manitobans wherever they live to ensure they have food security and access to medical care,” said Tom Lindsey, the NDP MLA for Flin Flon. “We call on the province to live up to that duty and immediately organize flights of food and medical supplies to isolated communities.”
The NDP agrees with the concerns of the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba and urges the Pallister government to reverse its decision to close the Misericordia Urgent Care Centre. The province should listen to patients and the medical experts and keep the urgent care centre open. Closing the urgent care centre will hurt patients in the communities that rely on it and will further clog emergency rooms at other hospitals.
Assembly Passes Two Important NDP Bills Honouring Manitoba’s Indigenous Peoples
The spring sitting of the Manitoba legislature is ending with a string of broken promises from the Pallister government whose austerity program will undermine health care, weaken education and make life more expensive for families, NDP Interim Leader Flor Marcelino said today.
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.”
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 Urges Pallister Government to Restore Funding For Women’s Centre in Winnipeg’s North Point Douglas Community
The Pallister government must immediately restore funding to the North Point Douglas Women’s Centre so it can continue its important work helping women and children escape poverty and violence, improve their health and connect with training and supports, NDP MLA Nahanni Fontaine said today.
The Manitoba Legislative Assembly voted unanimously this morning to set aside Oct. 4 each year as an official day to honour and bring attention to Manitoba’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and raise awareness of the systemic levels of violence against Indigenous women and girls.
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.”