There is so much wrong with Brian Pallister's plan to introduce a healthcare "premium" that its hard to know where to begin. It introduces a potentially regressive and significant tax by a government that has consistently criticized the previous government for increasing the PST by 1%. The Pallister government has promised to reverse that increase … Continue reading Brian Pallister’s Healthcare Tax
The following post was submitted by Don Sullivan. He shows how the Pallister government's policies to date show little regard for Manitoba's beloved endangered lake. Summers are short in Manitoba. Lake Winnipeg has long been the go-to place for many Manitoban's. A short drive from the city, campers and cottagers take full recreational advantage of … Continue reading Saving Lake Winnipeg: No value for money spent
Despite promises to maintain frontline services, the Pallister government has managed to make healthcare accessible to fewer and fewer Manitobans. From closures to emergency rooms and urgent care clinics in low income neighbourhoods, to the elimination of in-hospital physiotherapy and occupational therapy and the closure of the Victoria Hospital Mature Women’s Centre, it’s near impossible … Continue reading Where’s the Value in Brian Pallister’s HealthCare Plan?
CBC recently published two stories about two different vacant buildings owned by Manitoba Housing that once housed some of our province’s most vulnerable citizens. These vacant buildings could house around 400 people. But one building, located on downtown’s Smith Street, has been sitting vacant for almost a year now, and the other for two years. … Continue reading Manitoba Housing units left vacant while homelessness soars
Until very recently, Manitoba has been somewhat sheltered from the scourge of Public Private Partnerships (P3s) that have hit other parts of Canada. But Pallister’s government let that genie completely out of the bottle with the announcement that 4 new schools would be “P3d”. This link explains what’s going on in Manitoba and why it’s … Continue reading Door opened for P3s in Manitoba
After the dust, damage and self-congratulation around last week's Conservative Budget has settled, we'll each be left with our own take on that document, on what it does and what it fails to do for our various communities. The tone deaf closures of emergency facilities in North Winnipeg and the removal of the Misericordia Urgent Care are perhaps the most egregious flash points, but for … Continue reading Art and Honour of the Crown
The Conservatives may have managed to avoid a nuclear event, but don't be fooled; there will be lots of fallout in the days ahead. We'll keep you posted. For now, This blog on CBC nicely captures what yesterday's budget means for Manitobans, and it includes links to relevant background information. This analysis by the the Canadian Community … Continue reading The No News is Bad News Budget