Balanced Budget Legislation – presentation to committee

The Fiscal Responsibility and Taxpayer Amendment Act, Bill 27, Manitoba Presented by Lynne Fernandez, Errol Black Chair in Labour Issues, CCPA MB. Submitted October 24, 2018. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) is an independent research institute… Read More

Manitoba Climate & Green Plan – presentation to committee

  By Molly McCracken Climate change poses extreme risks for all our families, communities and province. As elected officials you represent all Manitobans and have a responsibility to act in the face of threats. The United Nations International… Read More

How to make a low income bus pass work

By Ellen Smirl A year after announcing a 25-cent a trip fare increase, mayoral candidate Brian Bowman has promised to create a low-income transit pass if he is re-elected mayor on October 24th. This is great news because… Read More

Imagine a Winnipeg…2018 Alternative Municipal Budget

By Lynne Fernandez, Winnipeg cannot control broader macro pressures such as climate change or a stagnant global economy, but it can prepare for the changes that are coming. It can meet climate change with policy to mitigate damage,… Read More

Budget 2018: The Most Disappointing Budget Ever

By Lynne Fernandez Premier Pallister’s Trump-esque statement that budget 2018 was going to be the “best budget ever” has fallen a bit flat.

Budget 2017

by Lynne Fernandez The government was well aware that many were dreading Budget 2017. Non-profit organizations, healthcare workers, educators and public sector workers in general were bracing for Filmon flashbacks. Did the Conservative team take those fears into… Read More

Budget 2017: death by 1,000 cuts

By Molly McCracken Social policy lowlights Despite pundits’ claims that “its not as bad as it could be” there are a myriad of program cuts and tax cuts in this budget. As the weeks go by more impacts… Read More

Budget 2017: Health care changes concerning

Changes to Manitoba’s Health Care system are coming fast and furious. This will invariably impact key services we all rely on and limit access to needed services. On April 7th, the Friday prior to the budget, the Winnipeg… Read More

Climate Loses in Budget 2017

By Nathan Laser Disappointingly, specifics were lacking from the provincial budget on fight against climate change. In what was arguably the first real budget to be presented by Brian Pallister’s Progressive Conservative government, they had precious little to… Read More

Budget 2017: No strategy no change to poverty

By Josh Brandon Low income Manitobans were hoping that this year’s budget would offer a plan to help lift them out of poverty. A well-funded strategy with targets and timelines for its implementation and for reducing poverty would… Read More