It’s time to scrap Manitoba Budget 2020 and get money out the door

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

Manitoba Families 12 Month Strategy

Early in 2020 Manitoba's Department of Families issued a 12-page document: Shared Priorities, Sustainable Progress: The Department of Families 12-Month Strategy. The document received little attention in the media and most Manitobans will have not heard of it.  That's too bad. It provides further insight into the provincial governments plans in a number of policy … Continue reading Manitoba Families 12 Month Strategy

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”

Manitoba Speech from the Throne 2017

As is typical of government speeches from the throne, the 2017 Manitoba speech contains a lot of platitudes and little more. It hits on topics of importance to many Manitobans including a promise of "better health care sooner" and building "a better place for all of us for generations to come".  It gives a nod to … Continue reading Manitoba Speech from the Throne 2017