Pallister Budget Cuts Health and Education, Hurts Frontline Services, Undermines Economy

The Pallister government’s budget cuts frontline health and education services, hits students with a tax increase while raising tuition fees and fails to address the needs of families across Manitoba, Interim NDP Leader Flor Marcelino said today.

“This is a badly designed budget that is putting Manitoba on the wrong track,” Marcelino said. “Manitobans want a balanced approach, not one that shuts ERs, cuts the health-care infrastructure budget by 20 per cent and makes no commitment to new schools, gyms or labs for our education system.”

Pallister Government’s Plan to Shut Winnipeg Emergency Rooms Will Undermine Patient Care; a Broken Promise

The NDP condemns the Pallister government’s plan to shut down emergency rooms in Winnipeg – a move that will undermine patient care across Winnipeg, Health Critic Matt Wiebe said.

“The Pallister government introduced a plan today that will force more patients to use fewer emergency rooms without adding more resources to those surviving hospitals,” Wiebe said. “Cutting emergency rooms does not help families get the care they need when they need it.”

NDP Holds Three More Pallister Government Bills To Allow Manitobans Greater Chance to Voice Concerns: Lindsey

The NDP is today forcing the Pallister government to hold three bills that have long-term negative impacts on Manitobans, MLA Tom Lindsey said. The bills would make it harder to vote in provincial elections; would weaken standards for the assessment of drinking water systems and protection of provincial watersheds; and would put the livelihoods of fishing communities at risk, Lindsey said.

NDP Calls on Pallister Government to Defend Public Health-Care System; End Agenda of Cuts

The Pallister government must defend the public health-care system by closing the door on credit-card medicine and by reversing its agenda of privatization and cuts to health services for families across the province, NDP Health Critic Matt Wiebe said today.

“The premier is closing a Quick Care Clinic and threatening to close access centres and emergency rooms,” Wiebe said. “It seems the only solution the premier has for health care is to open the door to private medicine available only to those who can pay.”