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MLA Report: Budget 2023 just an attempt to buy votes

Budget 2023 doubles down on the poor decisions and neglect of northern communities by the Progressive Conservatives.
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Thompson MLA Eric Redhead

The Progressive Conservative government recently passed their 2023 budget and once again they’ve disappointed Northern Manitobans.

It’s clear Budget 2023 is nothing more than an attempt to buy votes and try and reverse the premier’s worst-in-Canada approval polling. Yet Manitobans know better – they simply can’t trust the PCs after seven years of cuts. This is especially true for northerners as Budget 2023 doubles down on the poor decisions and neglect of northern communities by the PCs. 

There are a mountain of issues affecting Northern Manitoba that should have been addressed in Budget 2023. Northern Manitoba deserves the attention of this government, and the longer that this government goes without investing in the north, northern families and communities will continue to struggle to make ends meet.

We know that the government has no plans for the north because they have avoided making commitments to our communities and have avoided meaningful investment in the north during their time in office. Instead, they’ve actually cut the services that northerners rely on, such as the Thompson foot care clinic, obstetrics services in Flin Flon and much more. 

I will continue to raise these issues with the PC government until they finally invest in the north. However, I don’t have much hope that they’ll do the right thing and adequately support Northern Manitoba given their terrible track record. That’s why it’s so important that this year is the last year the PCs are in power, and that we elect an NDP government in the next general election. The Manitoba NDP is committed to fixing the problems in the north that the PCs have created by years of underfunding, cuts, and broken promises. 

I look forward to hearing from you, so please do not hesitate to reach out by calling my office at 204-677-4789, reaching us by email at Eric.Redhead@yourmanitoba.ca, or coming to see us at 402-79 Selkirk Avenue in Thompson. 

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