New throne speech full of failed ideas
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This article was published 03/12/2021 (546 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
On Nov. 23, Premier Heather Stefanson unveiled her throne speech in attempt to distinguish herself from her predecessor, Brian Pallister. This was Premier Stefanson’s chance to prove she’s different — but it’s clear that the priorities of the Pallister-Stefanson governments are aligned. Manitobans expect and deserve a government that will fix problems instead of making them worse.
The Progressive Conservative government under Pallister did a lot of damage to our province — from health care to education to raising the cost of living. Premier Stefanson’s throne speech offered nothing new to Manitobans who are waiting for answers on how we will emerge and recover from this pandemic and repair the damage done by Brian Pallister.
Up to 80 per cent of the commitments in Premier Stefanson’s throne speech were repeats from the Pallister administration. It is clear that nothing has changed at the decision-making table and the PC government continues to fail all Manitobans. Premier Stefanson is recycling ideas from a failed premier who prioritized cuts, not Manitobans.
The throne speech demonstrates that the PCs are not in touch with the realities Manitobans face. The premier failed to properly address the issues that Manitobans care about — fixing our health-care system, making life more affordable, investing in education, caring for seniors and post-pandemic recovery.
Manitobans have been waiting far too long for this government to take real action on issues that matter to them. That’s why it is so important that the premier calls an independent inquiry on this government’s pandemic response — to learn from the mistakes made, to build out health care system capacity, and to make positive lasting changes to improve the lives of all Manitobans.
How did our health-care system get to point where we had to send our sickest patients out of province?
To answer this question, we need a serious investigation. That’s why the Manitoba NDP is calling for an independent public inquiry into the government’s pandemic response. We know how Manitobans were affected and we need answers to know what went wrong.
However, instead of calling an independent inquiry into the pandemic response, this premier has only committed to investigating the leak of her throne speech to the media.
Manitobans expect and deserve a government that has actionable plans to address the ongoing and systemic issues within our province. As always, feel free to contact my office at 204-415-7621 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our new constituency office is 3-350 Keewatin St.
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Diljeet Brar is the NDP MLA for Burrows.