Listening to what matters to Fort Garry families
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This article was published 13/09/2021 (627 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
This month, I’ve had the privilege of door-knocking to hear about what is important to Fort Garry families.
Affordable housing has been a top concern I’ve heard at the doorstep. We are in a housing crisis, and the PC government has made it worse by cutting social housing and selling off hundreds of units to private businesses – a total loss of 1,700 units from 2017 to 2020. At the same time, the wait list for housing has grown into the thousands.
Many Fort Garry families are also concerned about ensuring a safe return to school for our kids and educators. But instead of using the summer to make pro-active investments in ventilation, staffing, and other supports, the PCs have been too busy with their internal conflict and dithering over Bill 64 to provide the leadership Manitobans need.
The NDP caucus is listening to families and fighting for you on the things you care about, including our education system. We have called for investments in our schools to keep our kids safe. In addition, last spring we used our power as the official Opposition to delay Bill 64. We know that legislation was the wrong approach for our kids and our schools. Because of our delay in the Legislature, parents, teachers, school staff and community members had time to learn about the bill and make their voices heard.
Together not only did we fight back – we won. I am thrilled to report that the Manitoba PC government has told the public that it intends to withdraw Bill 64.
I want to thank everyone who let their voices be heard on this issue. In addition to Bill 64, our NDP team delayed four other bills, including Bills 16, 35, 40 and 57.
These bills would have increased the cost of Hydro, hurt the rights of workers, undermined the fight against addiction and taken away the right to peacefully protest. We’re so happy our delay forced the PCs to listen to regular Manitobans like you. With your help, we are making a difference as the Opposition. Let’s keep fighting and building a better Manitoba together.
Manitobans want and deserve better for our schools – but they won’t get that from this PC government. The NDP is ready to get back to the Legislature and get to work helping Manitoba families.
Contact my office anytime at 204-421-4241 or email@example.com
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Mark Wasyliw is the NDP MLA for Fort Garry.