Standing up for the people of Manitoba
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This article was published 04/01/2021 (879 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The fall sitting of the Legislature came to a close in December and we don’t return until March, so I’d like to take this opportunity to report back to the people of Wolseley on the events of the past few months.
The political process should be accessible and transparent to all Manitobans and I am grateful to have this platform to share information with constituents.
My top priorities as a legislator are to stand up for Wolseley constituents, all Manitobans, and to fulfill my role as environment and climate change critic.
The Pallister government continues to disregard the environment — except for when it can profit from it. The most recent example of this is the premier’s move to privatize provincial parks by selling off cottage lots on park land. This is a slippery slope towards taking park lands out of the hands of Manitobans, leaving our parks vulnerable to exploitation. Provincial parks are valuable sources of both recreation and carbon sequestration, something we all benefit from. I will not stand by and allow the government to privatize such valuable ecological and social resources.
Unfortunately, this was not the only way the government failed Manitobans this fall. It passed its Budget Implementation Act in the dark of night, legislation that included a 2.9 per cent hike in Hydro rates, granted government unprecedented ability to interfere in the operation of school boards and took money away from Indigenous children, all without consulting Manitobans.
The bills we will be returning to in the spring are equally concerning. Bill 35 would allow Hydro rates to be set at the cabinet table, circumventing the Public Utilities Board which protects Manitobans from unfair rate hikes.
Bill 16 attacks the labour rights of Manitobans and would lead to longer strikes and make it easier for employers to fire employees who participate in strikes. And there are still 18 bills the Pallister government has introduced that it refuses to show us, dealing with cuts to childcare, education, and freedom of information.
This impacts our ability to advocate for Manitobans and clearly demonstrates that the premier and his government believe they have something to hide.
Manitobans have given so much this year. You deserve a government that matches that commitment, not one that hides its agenda and chooses to make your life more difficult in these already challenging times.
As always, reach out to our office with questions or concerns as we are still serving you by phone at 204-792-2773 and email while our office is closed to visitors at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wolseley constituency report
Lisa Naylor is the NDP MLA for Wolseley.