Back to work in the legislature
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This article was published 19/10/2021 (348 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
This month, MLAs returned to the legislature for a brief session. The highlight of our return was seeing the Progressive Conservative government scrap five pieces of its legislation that Manitobans stood up to fight against.
The downside was that it passed a budget that will hurt Manitobans.
As the official Opposition in Manitoba, my NDP colleagues and I delayed five government bills — Bill 64, Bill 35, Bill 57, Bill 40 and Bill 16 — which many citizens in Manitoba had told us were harmful and would make life more difficult.
We stood with labour, Hydro workers, families, teachers, and communities to mount campaigns to inform Manitobans as to the contents of these bills.
Sadly, though we were unable to amend the budget that passed. It cut operating funding for bedside care and froze funding for long-term care homes like Park Manor. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we need to do better for our seniors, especially those in long-term care but, apparently the PCs don’t agree.
As a former educator, I am especially upset about the government’s continued cuts to our education system. It continues to slash funding for literacy and classroom supports, and to ask teachers to pay for school supplies out of their own pockets. When asked if he was concerned that teachers were paying for school supplies out of their personal funds, Brian Pallister said that it “doesn’t bother me at all.”
The PCs will pretend to distance themselves from Pallister now that he’s resigned. But they’ve just passed his budget, and will try to keep advancing his agenda ,even in his absence. Moving forward, we will continue to fight against any new government bill that bears any resemblance to the bills that were scrapped during this most recent session.
We will continue to call on the PC government to fix the crisis in our health-care system which has caused massive delays in surgeries and other urgent procedures.
We will also fight for fair and balanced labour relations and proper investments in our schools to ensure kids have the supports and resources needed to succeed.
Our constituency office is now open at 127 Regent Ave. West. Call us at 204-594-2025 or email email@example.com
Transcona constituency report
Nello Altomare is the NDP MLA for Transcona.