Despite international headlines, a federal election, COVID and Premier Pallister’s resignation, Manitoba’s government continues to serve our province in ways easily overshadowed by other headlines. Here are some of the stories you may have missed.
Statistics Canada reported Manitoba as a national leader in economic recovery, gaining 7400 jobs in July, more than twice Canada’s per-capita average. Manitoba’s unemployment dropped to 6.1 per cent — Canada’s best — and well ahead of the national 7.5 per cent average.
Manitoba recently signed a child-care agreement with the federal government to secure $10 a day childcare, and fund 23,000 new childcare spaces in the province over the next five years.
A total of $812 million for 38 health projects and facilities in western Manitoba will take pressure off Winnipeg hospitals and health services. The announcement includes a new Intensive Care Unit, expanded neonatal units and additional hospital beds throughout the region.
A plan to return students to classes includes $58 million for COVID measures, as Bill 64 is formally denounced by many government MLAs. Parents with questions about details for returning to school can contact their children’s school administration.
Following the toppling of statues of Queen Victoria and Elizabeth part of the ongoing follow up included a $500,000 announcement for a statue of Chief Peguis for the legislative building grounds, making good a previous commitment to honour his memory as a pivotal leader in Manitoba history
Lake Winnipeg will benefit from a Memorandum of Understanding building upon a previous 10-year agreement between federal and provincial governments, "to understand and protect the water quality and ecological health of Lake Winnipeg and its basin, including reducing nutrient loading. The MOU will also support engagement of Indigenous Peoples to advance reconciliation and mutual priorities related to water quality and the ecological health of Lake Winnipeg."
These are just a few examples of how Manitoba’s government continues to build our province stronger for the future in ways that benefit us all.
Rossmere constituency report
Andrew Micklefield is PC MLA for Rossmere and the government whip for the Province of Manitoba.