A Christmas like no other
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This article was published 23/12/2020 (889 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
This year, families across our province traded in Christmas dinners, New Year’s Eve parties, and the usual holiday get-togethers for virtual celebrations, nights at home, and gatherings over Zoom or the phone. Banding together to bend the curve and save lives has meant all of us making sacrifices.
For Manitoba’s MLAs, things have also been different this year. The holiday season at the Manitoba Legislature began as our busy fall session — much of which was held virtually to encourage social distancing — came to a close. Our NDP team held the government accountable by calling for a recovery that keeps families safe and invests in frontline services. We urged the government to step in to protect seniors in personal care homes hit hardest by the pandemic; we pushed to protect affordability by standing against their planned increase to Hydro rates; we fought to stop their cuts to our healthcare system in the midst of a pandemic; and I personally sponsored a petition to stop the closure of Concordia’s CancerCare clinic.
After the legislature officially adjourned for the holidays, we celebrated the season with the Legislative Holiday Show, a virtual celebration held in place of the usual annual Legislative Building public open house. While we weren’t able to celebrate in-person on Broadway this year, Manitobans still enjoyed an incredible event with performances from local artists like William Prince, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and even a reading of The Night Before Christmas by MLAs.
Many other annual holiday traditions were also put on hold this year. The CP Holiday Train, which normally rolls through our neighbourhood every December, was cancelled due to the pandemic. Instead, I enjoyed the CP Holiday Train at Home online concert, which helped raise over amillion dollars for food banks across Canada. Celebrations such as the Elmwood Community Resource Centre’s annual Breakfast with Santa also took a break in 2020, and I look forward to joining them once again next year.
2020 was a year of unprecedented challenges. The commitments and sacrifices made by Manitobans, both during the holidays and throughout the year, are helping save lives and preparing us for a strong recovery in 2021. Our NDP team will continue pushing for a government that matches Manitobans’ commitments and puts people first.
If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback to help Manitoba prepare for a strong recovery in 2021, I can be reached at 204-654-1857 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Concordia constituency report
Matt Wiebe is the NDP MLA for Concordia.