In his 2014 book, Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education, Henry Giroux described neoliberalism as: "an attack undermining all forms of solidarity capable of challenging market driven values and social relations, promoting the virtues of an unbridled individualism almost pathological in its disdain for community, social responsibility, public values and the public good” This pretty much … Continue reading Brian Pallister’s Dystopian Plan for Postsecondary Education in Manitoba
Brian must really think Manitobans are stupid. His recent plan to send seniors in Manitoba a cheque for $200, regardless of need, to help them with the added costs of Covid-19 is political pandering, plain and simple. He defends his decision, stating it “shows a little respect” for seniors who are spending more during the … Continue reading Show a Little Respect, Brian
As outlined in this article by Shauna MacKinnon and Talia Syrie, there is a growing resistance across the political spectrum to Premier Pallister's pathetic COVID-19 plan. If you can call it a plan. It's more like a strategy to off load as much responsibility as possible onto other levels of government and Manitobans themselves. All … Continue reading Premier Pallister’s COVID-19 ‘plan’: Riding coattails and ramping up austerity.
Brian Pallister needs to get his head out of the sand. Fast. And when he dusts himself off, his first order of business should be to scrap Budget 2020. It's not going to do us a lick of good as we all battle through the Covid-19 crisis. His strategy to deal with the social and … Continue reading It’s time to scrap Manitoba Budget 2020 and get money out the door
We've been slacking off over the summer here at Value Manitoba, but that doesn't mean there hasn't been a ton of things going on. The provincial election is September 10th and unless sanity suddenly prevails, the Pallister government will be back at the helm, emboldened to continue its hacking away at public services. Premier Pallister … Continue reading The Pallister Record: “Is the Worst Yet to Come?”
The Conservatives have been ringing the alarm bells about our economy ever since they've taken power. But the issues they raise don't qualify as a crisis. As this article explains, they better start keeping their eye on the ball, or they could end up with a real crisis.
This cut seems particularly cruel. As reported in the Winnipeg Free Press, residents at Deer Lodge in Winnipeg, some of them Veterans, will receive fewer hours of recreational therapy. According to Bob Moroz, head of the Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals, "The WRHA is taking advantage of this opportunity to try and slide in … Continue reading Cuts to staffing at Deer Lodge
This Winnipeg Free Press article reveals a long list of studies by private consultants ordered by the Pallister government since they took office in 2016. The article quotes Winnipeg political scientist Paul Thomas, who comments on the trend to rely on outside consultants as it reduces the number of in-house policy analysts. This is a … Continue reading The Pallister Government and Private Consultants: Are they giving us ‘value’ for our money?
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