PCs refuse to listen to Manitobans on Bill 64


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This article was published 16/07/2021 (683 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

There are many positive things happening around us in Winnipeg right now. Now that more of us have received our vaccinations, it is wonderful to be able to socialize outdoors more easily and spend time together as a community.

I have been enjoying spending time in the community with my team, catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. For those who have yet to receive one or both of your vaccines, I encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Our community has been doing a wonderful job hosting pop-up clinics and working to come together once again.

I often have the honour of hearing from constituents who would like to share a thought or a concern with me as their MLA. This is what I am here for as your representative, and I love having this opportunity. There is one concern that I am hearing time and time again — Manitobans don’t want Bill 64.

Photo by Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press Burrows MLA Diljeet Brar writes that the government is making plans to implement Bill 64 before the public has had a chance to speak to it at committee.

We recently learned that the board responsible for overseeing the implementation of Bill 64 is made up entirely of hand-picked political appointees. Not a single educator — the people who best know our schools, our curriculums, and our children — was selected to sit on this very important board.

Bill 64 gives the PCs unprecedented powers over our kids’ educations, but this government is refusing to listen to educators who have the informed, on-the-ground experience needed to improve education. Important voices are being left out of the discussion about our kids education.

Bill 64 hasn’t passed yet, but the PCs aren’t acting like it has. A record-setting number of Manitobans have signed up to have their voices heard at committee this fall, but the education minister said at a press conference that the PC government was 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.

If you’d like to learn more about Bill 64, visit our website at www.fightbill64.ca to view our tool kit, sign up to speak at committee, or order a lawn sign.

To share your thoughts about Bill 64 or any other issues, please contact my office by email, diljeet.brar@yourmanitoba.ca, or by phone, 204-415-7621. 

Diljeet Brar

Diljeet Brar
Burrows constituency report

Diljeet Brar is the NDP MLA for Burrows.

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