Legislature session wraps up
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This past legislative session has been unlike any other. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we do our jobs as MLAs, both in the chamber and engaging in our communities.
I look forward to the day that we can all gather again, and until then I hope I can help keep you informed about what’s going on in your Legislature.
I think many people in Wolseley were disappointed by the number of bad bills brought forward by the PCs this year. During the pandemic, when Manitobans needed to feel supported and safe, this government continued to cut services that matter to you and your family and only prioritized their own political needs.
At the end of May, the PCs used their majority to pass a record number of bills. This includes Bill 33, which gives the Minister of Education the power to decide which post-secondary programs should have higher tuition than others. Bill 47 opens the door for the privatization of childcare. Bill 71 is a massive tax giveaway for wealthy Manitobans on the backs of regular families.
These bills passed all while the 2021 budget cut healthcare funding and froze funding for long-term care homes – during a pandemic!
This isn’t even including the five bills that we as Opposition were able to designate and hold over until the fall. These bills would take away workers rights and prolong strikes, let government set Hydro rates at the cabinet table with no independent oversight, allow for the privatization of liquor sales, attack the rights of peaceful protestors, and target local voices and democracy in our schools.
I hope Manitobans will use this time to organize and use their voices to present at committee this fall.
Despite all of this, I am very proud of what our team has accomplished this year in the Legislature. I’m especially excited about the bills my NDP colleagues got passed, which will increase awareness of important issues such as supporting child survivors of sexual assault, recognizing the contributions of Somali Manitobans, and acknowledging Jordan’s Principle to ensure all Indigenous children can access healthcare.
While the PCs ignored the expertise of teachers, nurses, doctors, and other front-line workers this year, we are committed to listening to you and advocating on your behalf, through the pandemic and beyond.
The NDP caucus will continue to fight your you and your families against the PCs relentless cuts and harmful legislation.
Reach out to my office anytime at 204-792-2773 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Wolseley constituency report
Lisa Naylor is the NDP MLA for Wolseley.