Manitoba’s Housing Strategy: Subsidies for Luxury Living Downtown

There have been a number of decisions made by the Pallister government that are raising some eyebrows on the housing front. We've written about some of these in previous posts. But the recent True North Square deal, juxtaposed against a soon to be eliminated tax credit aimed at stimulating the development of affordable units, are … Continue reading Manitoba’s Housing Strategy: Subsidies for Luxury Living Downtown

Housing just got less affordable for low-income Manitobans

On Thursday April 12th, the Pallister Government announced that it will reduce the benefits received through Rent Assist.  It's the second cut since this government was elected in 2016.  This CBC article explains the Province's rationale. It makes no sense.  Especially for a government that has promised to be "the most improved province in Canada". … Continue reading Housing just got less affordable for low-income Manitobans

Post-secondary education supports bite the dust

Now that Manitoba’s universities have had time to digest what the 2018 budget cuts mean for them, they are starting to react. Anyone who has been to university, or works at one, understands the importance of the campus library. The library provides, intellectually speaking, essential services to students, professors and instructors. It seems unthinkable that … Continue reading Post-secondary education supports bite the dust

Brian Pallister’s so called “best budget ever”

On Monday March 12th, the Manitoba government released its 2nd budget since being elected in 2016.  The often socially awkward Premier chose to use a kind of Trump-esque communication style by describing the 2018 budget as "the best budget ever. As described in our post outlining the fall Throne Speech, we had a pretty good … Continue reading Brian Pallister’s so called “best budget ever”

Wow! Brian Pallister really IS running with scissors!

Brian Pallister has returned from his tropical paradise well rested with scissors sharpened. Value Manitoba is trying to keep a tally of the measures that (supposedly) will make Manitoba the “most improved province in Canada”.  It’s a bit of challenge though. The attack on working people and front-line services has escalated and announcements of cuts are […]

Immigrants unite against Pallister’s changes to Manitoba’s Provincial Nominee Program

By: Anthony Huynh On November 25, 2016, Premier Brian Pallister announced changes to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). Effective April 2017, nominated "skilled worker" applicants must pay a $500 fee, which many have argued is reminiscent of the Chinese Head Tax that was imposed on the Chinese in the early 1900s. In response, members … Continue reading Immigrants unite against Pallister’s changes to Manitoba’s Provincial Nominee Program

Lying and Race-baiting

Perhaps the Manitoba Tories have been emboldened by politics south of the border. This week alone we’ve seen Manitoba’s health Minister lie about federal transfer payments and the Premier repeatedly ignore the Constitution while fanning the flames of racist resentment. This shameful trend to brazen and harmful misrepresentation isn’t the stuff of the responsible, responsive, transparent government that the Manitoba Conservatives promised and promised and promised again.