Dougald Lamont

Dougald Lamont

St. Boniface constituency report

Dougald Lamont is the MLA for St. Boniface and leader of the Liberal Party of Manitoba.

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Health-care system needs fair funding fix

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Health-care system needs fair funding fix

Dougald Lamont 3 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022

We all know our health-care system is in big trouble — nurses are burning out, doctors are hard to find and provinces are struggling to pay for it — or they say they are.

Canada’s premiers are blaming the federal government for problems in the health systems they run, and for which they set budgets. While the federal government needs to change health funding, we can’t let the premiers off the hook.

The premiers are ignoring a deeper problem — fixing Canada’s health system requires that funding flows to the people who need it the most. It doesn’t.

If we are going to have a truly national health-care system, it only makes sense to consider provinces’ real extra costs. This includes rural and northern populations, whether there are more seniors, or whether more people have cancer or diabetes.

Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022

We all know our health-care system is in big trouble — nurses are burning out, doctors are hard to find and provinces are struggling to pay for it — or they say they are.

Canada’s premiers are blaming the federal government for problems in the health systems they run, and for which they set budgets. While the federal government needs to change health funding, we can’t let the premiers off the hook.

The premiers are ignoring a deeper problem — fixing Canada’s health system requires that funding flows to the people who need it the most. It doesn’t.

If we are going to have a truly national health-care system, it only makes sense to consider provinces’ real extra costs. This includes rural and northern populations, whether there are more seniors, or whether more people have cancer or diabetes.

Seniors’ whistleblowers must be protected

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Seniors’ whistleblowers must be protected

Dougald Lamont 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

You may have heard about a tragic case of elder abuse in a Winnipeg care home. In June, family members of 15 residents were notified that their relatives in care had allegedly been abused and assaulted.

The people who were allegedly hurt were seniors, some with dementia, some in their 90s. They were defenceless and in some cases, couldn’t even speak. My heart breaks for them and their families.

A whistleblower complaint was ignored until a second one was made at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Both the health authority and Extendicare admitted policies and procedures weren’t followed.

This shouldn’t happen to anyone, not even once. If it happens even once, people need to be free to speak up without fear of reprisal.

Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

You may have heard about a tragic case of elder abuse in a Winnipeg care home. In June, family members of 15 residents were notified that their relatives in care had allegedly been abused and assaulted.

The people who were allegedly hurt were seniors, some with dementia, some in their 90s. They were defenceless and in some cases, couldn’t even speak. My heart breaks for them and their families.

A whistleblower complaint was ignored until a second one was made at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Both the health authority and Extendicare admitted policies and procedures weren’t followed.

This shouldn’t happen to anyone, not even once. If it happens even once, people need to be free to speak up without fear of reprisal.

The politics of scrap metal bills

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The politics of scrap metal bills

Dougald Lamont 3 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 1, 2022

There’s an old saying: “It’s amazing what can get done when you don’t care about who gets the credit.”

In the Manitoba Legislature, sometimes getting credit seems to be more important than getting things done. Let me explain what I mean.

Since before I was elected MLA for St. Boniface, I have been hearing about problems with scrap metal theft, so I introduced a private member’s bill to regulate it.

In parts of St Boniface and St. Vital, people were seeing property crime triple, as bikes were being stolen and chopped up and even barbecues were disappearing. People would pull up to a mall and come out only to discover that the catalytic converter had been cut off their cars.

Wednesday, Jun. 1, 2022

Partisan political games have prevented the Manitoba Legislature from passing a bill regulating the sale of scrap metal, much of which is stolen.

Together, we’ve saved lives

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Together, we’ve saved lives

Dougald Lamont 5 minute read Friday, Feb. 18, 2022

It has been an incredibly stressful time in Manitoba and Canada — we’ve all had our lives turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic, changes to rules and so much more. Let’s start by celebrating the fact that we are all still here because of each other, and for each other. Yes, it has been hard, and exhausting, because it is hard work to keep each other safe. And it is important to say this — because the premier has said we’re on our own, and we are going to be re-opening very fast. To lots of people, that’s a big relief. Others are anxious because it can feel like we’ve been working hard — and if we’re giving up all the rules, it may seem unfair. The answer is that we have all saved lives. All of you. The science is absolutely clear — that the actions we took, together, saved lives. Together, we protected people. Together, we kept each other safe, and together we cared for each other — even from a distance. That’s because science shows that masks, and vaccines, and basic measures to keep people safe have prevented thousands and thousands of serious cases of COVID and deaths. Thank you to the doctors, nurses and health care workers in emergency rooms and intensive care units who have worked to the breaking point to save the very sickest patients from dying. You have been miracle workers. The number of people who have stepped up is incredible, because wearing masks saved lives. Getting vaccinated saved lives. Delivering food and checking on neighbours and loved ones saved lives.While we talk about division, the reality is that the vast majority of Manitobans have been united in this fight. We have pulled together — the way we do in emergencies. And even when there were political squabbles, everyone else rolled up their sleeves to work and got vaccinated. Every one of us has had a role to play — and we did. That’s important to remember. Of course, we still need to be cautious because this pandemic keeps throwing us curveballs. We need to apply the lessons we’ve learned. But you should all know this — that we have made it this far because each and every one of you made a difference in some way in making each other’s lives better. Thank you. 

It has been an incredibly stressful time in Manitoba and Canada — we’ve all had our lives turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic, changes to rules and so much more. 

Let’s start by celebrating the fact that we are all still here because of each other, and for each other. Yes, it has been hard, and exhausting, because it is hard work to keep each other safe. 

And it is important to say this — because the premier has said we’re on our own, and we are going to be re-opening very fast. To lots of people, that’s a big relief. 

Friday, Feb. 18, 2022

It has been an incredibly stressful time in Manitoba and Canada — we’ve all had our lives turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic, changes to rules and so much more. Let’s start by celebrating the fact that we are all still here because of each other, and for each other. Yes, it has been hard, and exhausting, because it is hard work to keep each other safe. And it is important to say this — because the premier has said we’re on our own, and we are going to be re-opening very fast. To lots of people, that’s a big relief. Others are anxious because it can feel like we’ve been working hard — and if we’re giving up all the rules, it may seem unfair. The answer is that we have all saved lives. All of you. The science is absolutely clear — that the actions we took, together, saved lives. Together, we protected people. Together, we kept each other safe, and together we cared for each other — even from a distance. That’s because science shows that masks, and vaccines, and basic measures to keep people safe have prevented thousands and thousands of serious cases of COVID and deaths. Thank you to the doctors, nurses and health care workers in emergency rooms and intensive care units who have worked to the breaking point to save the very sickest patients from dying. You have been miracle workers. The number of people who have stepped up is incredible, because wearing masks saved lives. Getting vaccinated saved lives. Delivering food and checking on neighbours and loved ones saved lives.While we talk about division, the reality is that the vast majority of Manitobans have been united in this fight. We have pulled together — the way we do in emergencies. And even when there were political squabbles, everyone else rolled up their sleeves to work and got vaccinated. Every one of us has had a role to play — and we did. That’s important to remember. Of course, we still need to be cautious because this pandemic keeps throwing us curveballs. We need to apply the lessons we’ve learned. But you should all know this — that we have made it this far because each and every one of you made a difference in some way in making each other’s lives better. Thank you. 

It has been an incredibly stressful time in Manitoba and Canada — we’ve all had our lives turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic, changes to rules and so much more. 

Let’s start by celebrating the fact that we are all still here because of each other, and for each other. Yes, it has been hard, and exhausting, because it is hard work to keep each other safe. 

And it is important to say this — because the premier has said we’re on our own, and we are going to be re-opening very fast. To lots of people, that’s a big relief. 

To end nursing shortage, start by apologizing

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To end nursing shortage, start by apologizing

Dougald Lamont 3 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022

I’ll start by wishing you and yours happy holiday, and a happy new year of with healing, peace and hope.

We will have a lot of healing to do to make it through the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in our health-care system.

At its core, health care is about people caring for other people — and our health-care system is breaking down because the Progressive Conservatives are running a system that drives people out. Nurses are quitting in droves.

Nursing shortages are what is driving this crisis. ICU bed shortages. A waitlist for surgeries and tests that is at 160,000 and growing every day. ER closures in rural Manitoba.

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022

I’ll start by wishing you and yours happy holiday, and a happy new year of with healing, peace and hope.

We will have a lot of healing to do to make it through the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in our health-care system.

At its core, health care is about people caring for other people — and our health-care system is breaking down because the Progressive Conservatives are running a system that drives people out. Nurses are quitting in droves.

Nursing shortages are what is driving this crisis. ICU bed shortages. A waitlist for surgeries and tests that is at 160,000 and growing every day. ER closures in rural Manitoba.

The more we give, the more we’ll get back

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The more we give, the more we’ll get back

Dougald Lamont 3 minute read Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021

I’ll start by wishing you a safe and happy holiday season. It’s been such a tough couple of years, especially being separated — I have found incredible joy in seeing people in person. All this separation has made the heart grow fonder.

While holiday gatherings may still look a bit different this year, I hope you have had a chance to gather and celebrate each other’s company, and enjoy a bit of normalcy when vaccines have allowed us to do so.  

In these extraordinary times, I am always blown away by the many ways Winnipeggers care for one another. Whether you’re looking to support people in need, or a deserving local business, the holiday season is always a time to give back,  

St. Boniface and St. Vital have many organizations that do great work to support our community.

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021

I’ll start by wishing you a safe and happy holiday season. It’s been such a tough couple of years, especially being separated — I have found incredible joy in seeing people in person. All this separation has made the heart grow fonder.

While holiday gatherings may still look a bit different this year, I hope you have had a chance to gather and celebrate each other’s company, and enjoy a bit of normalcy when vaccines have allowed us to do so.  

In these extraordinary times, I am always blown away by the many ways Winnipeggers care for one another. Whether you’re looking to support people in need, or a deserving local business, the holiday season is always a time to give back,  

St. Boniface and St. Vital have many organizations that do great work to support our community.

Surgery backlogs a full-blown crisis

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Surgery backlogs a full-blown crisis

Dougald Lamont 3 minute read Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021

Five months ago, on June, 2021 Doctors Manitoba raised the alarm that our province was facing a massive backlog — you and your neighbours are waiting for over 110,000 surgeries and tests.

Hip replacements, knee replacements, eye surgeries, heart surgeries. We’re all waiting for them longer than ever, and the Progressive Conservatives haven’t even begun to tackle the problem.

By October, the lists had grown to 130,000 procedures. This is totally unacceptable, and so is the lack action. British Columbia started planning for dealing with backlogs after the first wave. Manitoba is now in its fourth, and there is no plan.

Over a month ago, Health Minister Audrey Gordon told media the task force was already under way, but upon being sworn in, Premier Heather Stefanson promised the same task force all over again — a few weeks from now.

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021

Five months ago, on June, 2021 Doctors Manitoba raised the alarm that our province was facing a massive backlog — you and your neighbours are waiting for over 110,000 surgeries and tests.

Hip replacements, knee replacements, eye surgeries, heart surgeries. We’re all waiting for them longer than ever, and the Progressive Conservatives haven’t even begun to tackle the problem.

By October, the lists had grown to 130,000 procedures. This is totally unacceptable, and so is the lack action. British Columbia started planning for dealing with backlogs after the first wave. Manitoba is now in its fourth, and there is no plan.

Over a month ago, Health Minister Audrey Gordon told media the task force was already under way, but upon being sworn in, Premier Heather Stefanson promised the same task force all over again — a few weeks from now.

Giving thanks in tough times

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Giving thanks in tough times

Dougald Lamont 3 minute read Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021

Fall in Manitoba is always beautiful and bittersweet, this year more than most.

The last 18 months of the pandemic have been probably some of the toughest any of us have lived through in decades. We’ve all dealt with divisions, stress, struggles and loss.  

There’s no other way of saying it: it’s been hard. And I am one of the lucky ones.

Earlier this year, I was listening to a podcast by Larry Willmore - who is one of the funniest, smartest and warmest people you’ll ever hear. He paid tribute to his brother who died of COVID-19, and his words are too good not to share.

Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021

Fall in Manitoba is always beautiful and bittersweet, this year more than most.

The last 18 months of the pandemic have been probably some of the toughest any of us have lived through in decades. We’ve all dealt with divisions, stress, struggles and loss.  

There’s no other way of saying it: it’s been hard. And I am one of the lucky ones.

Earlier this year, I was listening to a podcast by Larry Willmore - who is one of the funniest, smartest and warmest people you’ll ever hear. He paid tribute to his brother who died of COVID-19, and his words are too good not to share.

Our seniors deserve so much better

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Our seniors deserve so much better

Dougald Lamont 3 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 15, 2021

Since being elected as MLA for St. Boniface in 2018, I have heard too many sad stories of seniors living in tough circumstances.

I recently attended a protest at the Legislature where residents of 101 Marion were looking to bring attention to the problems at their building. It is the tall building that greets you as you come over the Norwood Bridge. It’s a beautiful structure and there’s a fine community of folks living there who are fed up with being treated like they are second-class citizens.  

They’ve been putting their own money into cleaning up, planting gardens, and especially dealing with issues with a problem landlord - the Government of Manitoba, which owns Manitoba Housing.

It’s no secret, Manitoba Housing has had issues for a long time - under the NDP, the bill for overdue maintenance went over $1 billion.

Wednesday, Sep. 15, 2021

Since being elected as MLA for St. Boniface in 2018, I have heard too many sad stories of seniors living in tough circumstances.

I recently attended a protest at the Legislature where residents of 101 Marion were looking to bring attention to the problems at their building. It is the tall building that greets you as you come over the Norwood Bridge. It’s a beautiful structure and there’s a fine community of folks living there who are fed up with being treated like they are second-class citizens.  

They’ve been putting their own money into cleaning up, planting gardens, and especially dealing with issues with a problem landlord - the Government of Manitoba, which owns Manitoba Housing.

It’s no secret, Manitoba Housing has had issues for a long time - under the NDP, the bill for overdue maintenance went over $1 billion.

Personal experience of a broken system

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Personal experience of a broken system

Dougald Lamont 4 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021

At the end of June, I had the chance to get a first-hand look at what’s wrong in our health -care system under the Progressive Conservatives, as a patient.

I spent six hours on a stretcher in a hallway, 18 hours in the emergency ward and five days total in hospital. After months of discomfort, my back locked up completely the day after Father’s Day. I’ve had back problems on and off for at least 25 years. Some bad slips and falls, broken tailbones and a bulging disc - I have always recovered.

On that Monday morning, the only thing I could do without pain was lie on the floor - I couldn’t sit up, stand or walk. The pain was incredible -  fiery muscle spasms that made the slightest movement agony.

We called an ambulance. The paramedics were awesome. They had to carry me down the stairs and got me to the St. Boniface ER.

Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021

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Manitoba Liberal leader Dougald Lamont recently spent six hours in a hallway at St. Boniface Hospital, waiting to be seen by an ER doctor.

Nurses deserve better — they deserve a fair contract

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Nurses deserve better — they deserve a fair contract

Dougald Lamont — St. Boniface MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Thursday, Jun. 24, 2021

It’s sad that it has come to this. After more than four years of working without a contract, and the PCs taking a wrecking ball to our health care system, nurses in Manitoba have voted 98 per centin favour of a strike.

Since I was first elected MLA for St. Boniface in July 2018, I have heard from dozens of nurses from across Manitoba who have been working under unbelievable pressure, while being moved around the system like pawns.

Some have been pushed to the breaking point and are simply quitting rather than put up with the way they are being treated.

We received letters from dozens of nurses at the St. Boniface neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) warning of shortages and burnout because they had no choice but to work 16 to 20 hour days, short-staffed, and caring for the sickest children in all of Manitoba.

Thursday, Jun. 24, 2021

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St. Boniface Hospital.

Congratulations in order for these Manitobans

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Congratulations in order for these Manitobans

Dougald Lamont — St. Boniface MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Thursday, May. 27, 2021

Last week, new members were named to the Order of Manitoba, our province’s highest honour.

The Order of Manitoba honours people who have enriched the social, cultural or economic well-being of the province and its residents.

It is humbling to read the accomplishments of people who are so dedicated to our province, especially during a time when we are so used to hearing less than optimistic news.

The ceremony of the Order is always a special one – it’s a reminder of the many extraordinary people from all walks of life and their contributions to our province, enriching every aspect of our lives.

Thursday, May. 27, 2021

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Former Manitoba Museum CEO Claudette Leclerc was recently named to the Order of Manitoba.

We need a referendum on the future of education

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We need a referendum on the future of education

Dougald Lamont — St. Boniface MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2021

You may have heard or read that the PCs are planning massive changes to Manitoba’s public school system.

How massive? The chair of the Hanover School Division in Steinbach said the PCs are planning to “blow up” the whole school system, with “no plan to glue it back together again.”

The PCs are planning on getting rid of school boards entirely. No more local elections. The work currently being done by people in paid administration will have to be done by other peoples’ parents, for free, instead.

School principals will be appointed by government. I don’t want governments of any stripe hiring principals directly. We need to keep politics out of education.

Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2021

You may have heard or read that the PCs are planning massive changes to Manitoba’s public school system.

How massive? The chair of the Hanover School Division in Steinbach said the PCs are planning to “blow up” the whole school system, with “no plan to glue it back together again.”

The PCs are planning on getting rid of school boards entirely. No more local elections. The work currently being done by people in paid administration will have to be done by other peoples’ parents, for free, instead.

School principals will be appointed by government. I don’t want governments of any stripe hiring principals directly. We need to keep politics out of education.

Don’t let PCS “blow up” the education system

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Don’t let PCS “blow up” the education system

Dougald Lamont — St. Boniface MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2021

In the last year, the pandemic has been tough, but if there is one sector that has worked better than almost any other in this crisis, it’s been the public education system.

As a parent with three kids in public schools (and a fourth at university) I can say that we owe our educators a debt of thanks. School boards, trustees, superintendents, principals, teachers, EAs, bus drivers - they have all done an amazing job, under tough circumstances, keeping our children safe and making sure they keep learning.

They deserve our gratitude, our respect, recognition - and above all, our support.

That’s not happening under the PCs. It should be.

Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2021

In the last year, the pandemic has been tough, but if there is one sector that has worked better than almost any other in this crisis, it’s been the public education system.

As a parent with three kids in public schools (and a fourth at university) I can say that we owe our educators a debt of thanks. School boards, trustees, superintendents, principals, teachers, EAs, bus drivers - they have all done an amazing job, under tough circumstances, keeping our children safe and making sure they keep learning.

They deserve our gratitude, our respect, recognition - and above all, our support.

That’s not happening under the PCs. It should be.

Lots of bright sparks this winter

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Lots of bright sparks this winter

Dougald Lamont — St. Boniface MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021

It’s been a tough year — but spring, warm weather and vaccines are right around the corner.

There are so many people who’ve made a colossal difference helping us get through this — so many people whose lives and jobs have been turned upside down, but they’ve kept going through all of this. Every worker and every job is essential.

So, thank you to everyone who worked so hard to keep us safe while the world has been turned upside down. Nurses, doctors, and everyone who supports them. Teachers, educational assistants, early childhood educators, superintendents and trustees. Businesses who’ve gone above and beyond to keep safe while serving customers and keep working.  

I want to give a shout out to some of the awesome people and programs that helped keep a smile on our faces, and bring a spark of real joy into this cold, dark winter.

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021

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Paulette DuGuay of the Union Nationale Métisse de St. Joseph and St. Boniface MLA Dougald Lamont posed together in 2020 at one of the opening ceremonies for last year’s Festival du Voyageur.

Manitobans deserve better from government

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Manitobans deserve better from government

Dougald Lamont — St. Boniface MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Monday, Feb. 1, 2021

Whether you’re a family who lost a loved one, you can’t see family members, or you’re not allowed to work or run your business — these are tough times.

Since last March, my fellow Manitoba Liberal MLAs and I have been standing up and fighting for the constituents of St. Boniface and all other Manitobans.

Yes, we need strict restrictions to keep people safe. We also need the rules to be clear and fair.

Restrictions must be based on science and public health — not on politics. They must also be based on what is safe, not whether something is “essential” or not.

Monday, Feb. 1, 2021

Whether you’re a family who lost a loved one, you can’t see family members, or you’re not allowed to work or run your business — these are tough times.

Since last March, my fellow Manitoba Liberal MLAs and I have been standing up and fighting for the constituents of St. Boniface and all other Manitobans.

Yes, we need strict restrictions to keep people safe. We also need the rules to be clear and fair.

Restrictions must be based on science and public health — not on politics. They must also be based on what is safe, not whether something is “essential” or not.

Buying local is giving back to our community

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Buying local is giving back to our community

Dougald Lamont — St. Boniface MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Monday, Dec. 7, 2020

I hope you and yours are holding up. It’s been a hard year for so many people.

It’s important to remember in these times that there will be a time, hopefully not long from now, that the pandemic will be a memory.

In the meantime, it’s important that we stay focused on the things that matter — supporting each other and our loved ones, and making sure that the things we love about our community and our province make it through this. We have the resources to make it happen.

I know that many Manitobans are hurting — and if you are, please let us know. We have spent the last few months advocating for you and for our community to get schools ready, protect personal care homes, and help businesses. We’ve been able to get real changes in policy from the provincial and federal governments.

Monday, Dec. 7, 2020

I hope you and yours are holding up. It’s been a hard year for so many people.

It’s important to remember in these times that there will be a time, hopefully not long from now, that the pandemic will be a memory.

In the meantime, it’s important that we stay focused on the things that matter — supporting each other and our loved ones, and making sure that the things we love about our community and our province make it through this. We have the resources to make it happen.

I know that many Manitobans are hurting — and if you are, please let us know. We have spent the last few months advocating for you and for our community to get schools ready, protect personal care homes, and help businesses. We’ve been able to get real changes in policy from the provincial and federal governments.

Time for a seniors’ advocate is now

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Time for a seniors’ advocate is now

Dougald Lamont — St. Boniface MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020

With Winnipeg in code red, and COVID-19 cases climbing, I want to start by saying something positive.

There is going to be a time when all of this is over. We are in the thick of it now but things are going to get better. We need to look after one another, speak up, and make sure to support the people, businesses and organizations we want to keep.

We also need to recognize what’s not working and plan to fix it.

At the top of the list is better care for seniors — now. There have been really scary and tragic outbreaks affecting personal care homes and hospitals. Make no mistake — they were preventable.

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020

With Winnipeg in code red, and COVID-19 cases climbing, I want to start by saying something positive.

There is going to be a time when all of this is over. We are in the thick of it now but things are going to get better. We need to look after one another, speak up, and make sure to support the people, businesses and organizations we want to keep.

We also need to recognize what’s not working and plan to fix it.

At the top of the list is better care for seniors — now. There have been really scary and tragic outbreaks affecting personal care homes and hospitals. Make no mistake — they were preventable.

More support needed for safer schools

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More support needed for safer schools

Dougald Lamont 3 minute read Monday, Sep. 14, 2020

As parents, students, teachers, and staff are getting back into the school routine, my office has been getting lots of calls about safety concerns and calling on the Pallister government to offer better support.

Manitoba Liberals stand with concerned families and have been calling on the PCs to listen and implement the calls of Safe September Manitoba.

While there are many areas that the Pallister government should have acted on long ago, a few areas of major concern are remote learning, supporting students with disabilities, and early childhood education.

Even with $85 million in additional funding from the federal government, Pallister is still not clear with what is being done with that money to make our schools safer — or if it’s even being used at all. I proposed the money be spent on improved ventilation, remote learning, and more hiring.

Monday, Sep. 14, 2020

As parents, students, teachers, and staff are getting back into the school routine, my office has been getting lots of calls about safety concerns and calling on the Pallister government to offer better support.

Manitoba Liberals stand with concerned families and have been calling on the PCs to listen and implement the calls of Safe September Manitoba.

While there are many areas that the Pallister government should have acted on long ago, a few areas of major concern are remote learning, supporting students with disabilities, and early childhood education.

Even with $85 million in additional funding from the federal government, Pallister is still not clear with what is being done with that money to make our schools safer — or if it’s even being used at all. I proposed the money be spent on improved ventilation, remote learning, and more hiring.

More support needed for safer schools

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More support needed for safer schools

Dougald Lamont — St. Boniface MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Monday, Sep. 14, 2020

As parents, students, teachers, and staff are getting back into the school routine, my office has been getting lots of calls about safety concerns and calling on the Pallister government to offer better support.

Manitoba Liberals stand with concerned families and have been calling on the PCs to listen and implement the calls of Safe September Manitoba.

While there are many areas that the Pallister government should have acted on long ago, a few areas of major concern are remote learning, supporting students with disabilities, and early childhood education.

Even with $85 million in additional funding from the federal government, Pallister is still not clear with what is being done with that money to make our schools safer — or if it’s even being used at all. I proposed the money be spent on improved ventilation, remote learning, and more hiring.

Monday, Sep. 14, 2020

As parents, students, teachers, and staff are getting back into the school routine, my office has been getting lots of calls about safety concerns and calling on the Pallister government to offer better support.

Manitoba Liberals stand with concerned families and have been calling on the PCs to listen and implement the calls of Safe September Manitoba.

While there are many areas that the Pallister government should have acted on long ago, a few areas of major concern are remote learning, supporting students with disabilities, and early childhood education.

Even with $85 million in additional funding from the federal government, Pallister is still not clear with what is being done with that money to make our schools safer — or if it’s even being used at all. I proposed the money be spent on improved ventilation, remote learning, and more hiring.

Investment needed in early childhood education

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Investment needed in early childhood education

Dougald Lamont — St. Boniface MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020

We’ve had a growing crisis in affordable, quality child care in Manitoba. And I don’t use the word ‘crisis’ lightly. In 2016, the child care wait list was 12,000. Last year it was 16,000.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, we had heard a number of very serious concerns that Manitoba’s early childhood education system was headed for a breakdown in the next 18 months.

The reason is that child care centres just don’t have the resources they need to operate. Grants and parent fees have been frozen.

Although they have post-secondary education qualifications, early childhood educators’ wages can be so low that they can’t afford to pay rent.

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020

We’ve had a growing crisis in affordable, quality child care in Manitoba. And I don’t use the word ‘crisis’ lightly. In 2016, the child care wait list was 12,000. Last year it was 16,000.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, we had heard a number of very serious concerns that Manitoba’s early childhood education system was headed for a breakdown in the next 18 months.

The reason is that child care centres just don’t have the resources they need to operate. Grants and parent fees have been frozen.

Although they have post-secondary education qualifications, early childhood educators’ wages can be so low that they can’t afford to pay rent.

PCs power grab takes away your voices

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PCs power grab takes away your voices

Dougald Lamont — St. Boniface MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 21, 2020

If you’ve ever been frustrated with the way development happens in the City of Winnipeg, the Pallister PC government is about to make it worse. It’s important you know, so we can act now to stop it.

The Pallister PCs are proposing to take all planning and development decisions away from the City of Winnipeg, and hand them to an unelected commission where developers will get a right of appeal, but you as a citizen won’t.

It’s undemocratic and it’s unfair. It’s a power grab that takes away your rights.

You may wonder what the Pallister PCs and the provincial government have to do with how the City of Winnipeg runs its business. The answer is — everything.

Tuesday, Jul. 21, 2020

If you’ve ever been frustrated with the way development happens in the City of Winnipeg, the Pallister PC government is about to make it worse. It’s important you know, so we can act now to stop it.

The Pallister PCs are proposing to take all planning and development decisions away from the City of Winnipeg, and hand them to an unelected commission where developers will get a right of appeal, but you as a citizen won’t.

It’s undemocratic and it’s unfair. It’s a power grab that takes away your rights.

You may wonder what the Pallister PCs and the provincial government have to do with how the City of Winnipeg runs its business. The answer is — everything.

Stay safe, stay hopeful and keep speaking up

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Stay safe, stay hopeful and keep speaking up

Dougald Lamont — St. Boniface MLA Constituency Report 4 minute read Tuesday, May. 26, 2020

First off, I hope you are doing well. The COVID-19 pandemic shutdown has suddenly changed how we live and relate to one another.

It’s a scary and uncertain time.

This crisis has really shown how connected we all are, and how much we rely on each other. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been incredible to see the way people have stepped up to help each other in this crisis.

I want to thank every single person who is reading this, because you have helped.

Tuesday, May. 26, 2020

First off, I hope you are doing well. The COVID-19 pandemic shutdown has suddenly changed how we live and relate to one another.

It’s a scary and uncertain time.

This crisis has really shown how connected we all are, and how much we rely on each other. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been incredible to see the way people have stepped up to help each other in this crisis.

I want to thank every single person who is reading this, because you have helped.

Pulling together in St. Boniface

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Pulling together in St. Boniface

Dougald Lamont — St. Boniface MLA Constituency Report 4 minute read Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2020

I hope you are holding up in these unprecedented times as the province and country is dealing with the arrival of COVID-19.

We all have the power by working together to slow the spread and make sure that as few people as possible get sick.

Manitoba declared a state of emergency in order to protect the health and safety of all Manitobans and to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Some have compared COVID-19 to a bad flu. The reality is that it is much more serious because it is much easier to catch and spread than the flu. If we all take good care and stay home when we can, make sure to wash our hands well (for at least 20 seconds) and keep our distance, we can keep the numbers low.

Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2020

I hope you are holding up in these unprecedented times as the province and country is dealing with the arrival of COVID-19.

We all have the power by working together to slow the spread and make sure that as few people as possible get sick.

Manitoba declared a state of emergency in order to protect the health and safety of all Manitobans and to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Some have compared COVID-19 to a bad flu. The reality is that it is much more serious because it is much easier to catch and spread than the flu. If we all take good care and stay home when we can, make sure to wash our hands well (for at least 20 seconds) and keep our distance, we can keep the numbers low.