Government not interested in accountability

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Now that public health restrictions are slowly easing thanks to Manitobans’ commitment to getting vaccinated, Wolseley families are looking forward to a great summer of safely reconnecting with loved ones and enjoying everything our beautiful province has to offer.

Unfortunately, the joys of summer will be dampened by the PC government yet again making life less affordable for Manitobans.

We recently learned that the Progressive Conservative government is planning to raise Manitoba Hydro rates 2.5 per cent each year for the next three years and is once again going around the Public Utilities Board to avoid giving Manitobans any input.

This comes after already raising rates by 2.9 per cent in December 2020 – also without any PUB oversight – meaning Hydro rates for Wolseley families will be going up 5.4 per cent in less than a year.

But not only is the government pushing forward another rate increase, it has brought forward a Bill (Bill 35) which would permanently remove the PUB from the rate-setting process. This almost guarantees that people in Wolseley and across Manitoba will pay significantly higher Hydro rates.

We are committed to a clean energy future and a publicly owned Manitoba Hydro will help us fight the climate crisis. That is why our NDP team has used its legislative powers to delay Bill 35 until the fall, with the hope that, as Manitobans raise their concerns with Bill 35 and the government’s interference with Hydro, the PCs will not proceed with it.

This is similar to how we delayed Bill 64, which gives the PCs unprecedented powers over our kids’ education – and it’s a good thing we did, because as more comes to light about the government’s plans for education, the worse the bill gets. We recently found out that the board responsible for overseeing the implementation of Bill 64 is made up entirely of hand-picked political appointees. Not a single educator was selected.

Bill 64 hasn’t passed yet, but the PCs aren’t acting like it. A record-setting number of Manitobans have signed up to have their voices heard at committee this fall, but the Minister of Education said at a press conference that the government is already working on the transition to the Bill 64 governance model, months before Manitobans can provide their input.

The PCs have proven time and time again that they’re just not interested in what Manitobans have to say.

The NDP caucus believes that government should be more accountable to citizens, not less. If you are concerned about the PCs’ interference in Hydro and education, contact my office at 204-792-2773 or lisa.naylor@yourmanitoba.ca.

Lisa Naylor

Lisa Naylor
Wolseley constituency report

Lisa Naylor is the NDP MLA for Wolseley.

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