Manitoba’s NDP party announced its new lineup of Opposition critics on Feb. 23, just under a week before the fifth session of Manitoba’s 42nd legislature reconvenes on March 1.
The session, which will bring to an end a three-month break since the legislature adjourned on Dec. 1, is expected to be the last before the next provincial election, which is scheduled to be held this fall.
The NDP’s four northern MLAs all have critic roles for the upcoming session.
Thompson MLA Eric Redhead will serve as Indigenous reconciliation and northern affairs critic, while Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey will be the critic for natural resources and northern development.
Ian Bushie, who represents the vast Keewatinook district and is also the deputy house leader, is the critic responsible for transportation and infrastructure while The Pas-Kameesak MLA Amanda Lathlin is the sports, culture and heritage critic.
“I’m proud to announce the new roles our MLAs will take on to challenge Premier Heather Stefanson’s health care cuts and her plan to make life more expensive for people,” NDP and Opposition leader Wab Kinew said in a Feb. 23 press release announcing the full line-up of critic roles for the party’s 18 MLAs. “These critics have the experience and expertise to offer a real alternative to the failures of the Stefanson government and their plans to continue with Brian Pallister’s agenda of cuts. They will hold the Stefanson PC government accountable on the issues that matter most to families like keeping Hydro affordable, improving schools, making seniors care better, and creating good jobs for workers. Together, we will work against PC cuts and demand a better life for Manitoba families.