As the Manitoba Legislative Assembly breaks for the holidays, I wanted to provide everyone with an update on what the NDP and I have been fighting for and what we are looking to do in the New Year.
As the opposition critic for Childcare, Housing, Disability and Poverty matters, I have continued to advocate on behalf of these groups of people as well as Northern Manitobans.
I’ve continued to push for stronger support for these groups, as they’ve been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the minimal supports the Pallister government has provided simply aren’t enough.
The pandemic has once again highlighted Manitoba’s need for childcare and how the government should be playing a greater role in ensuring that everyone has access to affordable childcare.
Instead, this government has failed to support childcare during the pandemic as they announced a failed $18 million program for early childhood educators to open at-home centres that saw less than one per cent ($63,000) get spent. To make matters worse, they gave childcare workers decade-old expired masks and didn’t bother telling them.
The NDP and I are also fighting to make life more affordable for Manitobans by opposing rent increases, hydro bill increases, healthcare cuts, privatization of Manitoba’s parks and more.
I will also continue to push the Pallister government to commit to a complete overhaul of the way we care for our most vulnerable citizens, including providing affordable public childcare, increasing supports for people with disabilities so they can live independently and with dignity and continuing to push for more social and affordable housing.
As COVID cases have risen in Manitoba due to a lack of planning by the Progressive Conservative government, the holiday season will look different this year and I urge everyone to follow the public health orders to keep all Northerners safe.
If you would like to give back to the community, I suggest you participate in the North of 55 Toy Drive. They’re accepting financial donations, gift cards, as well as toy/gift donations to help children in Northern Manitoba have a brighter Christmas. You can send e-transfers to Northof55ToyDrive@outlook.com or call 204-679-0986 if you have questions. The organizers are accepting donations until Dec. 11. For people living in Thompson, you can drop donations off at 15 Pickerel Crescent.
Feel free to contact me with any concerns at Danielle.firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling me at 204-677-2744.