Holding the PC government to account
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This article was published 16/03/2022 (441 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
On March 1, MLAs returned to the legislature for session. Before heading back, I spoke with many Union Station constituents who expressed that they want a government that is committed to strengthening health care and an equitable post-pandemic recovery, all while keeping life affordable.
The Progressive Conservaitve government may have given up on trying to protect Manitobans but we must continue to look out for each other. Preserving testing capacity and ensuring protocols are in place are needed so Manitobans can continue to keep each other safe, especially children under the age of five, who are not eligible for vaccination. I, along with health professionals across our province, encourage everyone to get vaccinated – especially the booster shot which is the most effective way to protect ourselves against hospitalization from Omicron. I received my third dose and I’m grateful to have that level of protection against COVID-19.
The provincial mask mandate ended March 15 and I’ve heard from folks who plan to continue wearing masks. I support those who choose to continue doing so until they feel comfortable to not wear masks in settings where physical distancing is not possible and I encourage everyone to continue the practice of frequent hand-washing and being thoughtful about what we can do to enhance the wellbeing of our communities.
I know that many Manitobans are affected by events beyond our province and we’re all very concerned about what is currently happening in Ukraine. Last week, the NDP successfully passed a resolution to condemn Russia’s violent invasion of Ukraine and support the federal government’s sanctions and efforts to help Ukraine maintain independence. In addition to passing this resolution, the NDP reiterated its commitment to supporting the resettlement of Ukrainians in Manitoba. We also called on the PC government to match all donations made by Manitobans to support Ukraine up to $5 million, and to increase support for local settlement organizations.
To the Ukrainian community in Union Station and across the province — I stand with you. I know that the Ukrainian community in Manitoba is hurting for their loved ones, for their culture, and for their homeland. We will continue to advocate for increased support for Ukraine and we recognize that there are additional communities in Manitoba affected by war who also need advocacy and support.
I am glad to be back in the legislature to fight for what is right. If you would like to contact me, my constituency office is location at Unit 1-331 Smith St. Tel 204-306-8581, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Union Station constituency report
Uzoma Asagwara is the NDP MLA for Union Station.