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.

Pallister Government Proposes Agenda of Layoffs for Front-Line Workers While Full-Time Jobs Disappear

The Pallister Government’s agenda of cuts and layoffs for front-line workers is undermining services for families while an uncertain economy reels from thousands of full-time job losses, Interim NDP Leader Flor Marcelino said today.

“Since Pallister became premier, nearly 14,000 full-time jobs have disappeared while he wastes time and millions of dollars on ideological reviews,” Marcelino said. “His reckless commitment to austerity is damaging our economy and is hurting services for everyday families.”

Manitoba Loses 10,800 Jobs Since May Under Pallister Government’s Watch

Manitoba has lost 10,800 full-time jobs since May under the Pallister government’s watch, according to the latest figures released this morning by Statistics Canada.

“This is a worrisome trend. Every one of those lost jobs represents a real person who now has to rely on Employment Insurance or move out of the province to find work so they can support themselves or their families,” said NDP Interim Leader Flor Marcelino. “Meanwhile, the Pallister government is fixated on firing hundreds of civil servants, freezing the minimum wage and picking fights with organized labour, rather than coming up with a plan to grow the economy and create jobs.”