Fix social conditions, fix crime

Previously published in the Winnipeg Free Press Sept 15, 2023

Is this a Tax Cut Election? Political parties’ focus on tax cuts will deplete provincial coffers while gifting millions to corporations.

September 11, 2023

Austerity hurts public education

Previously published in the Winnipeg Free Press Sept 9, 2023

Progressive Conservative Tax Proposal Would Eliminate $1 Billion in Provincial Revenue by 2027, seriously jeopardizing health, education, and other core services

To date, the NDP fiscal plan leaves little room to expand spending on core services, while proposals from the Liberals will generate new revenue

CCPA-MB is Monitoring This Election

Seniors Need an Independent Advocate

Previously published in the Winnipeg Free Press Sept 5, 2023

A “Made in Manitoba” Crisis

Previously published in the Winnipeg Free Press July 14, 2023

By Katherine Burley, Robert Chernomas, & Ian Hudson

On July 11 a rally to “ Save Public Health Care” took place, timed to coincide with the meetings of the Canadian premiers in Winnipeg. While provinces across the country are facing health care challenges, Manitoba’s system needs more saving than average.

The Manitoba government has prioritized parsimony over quality, applying its broad-based agenda of cost cutting and privatization to healthcare. In April 2017, Manitoba introduced a vision for overhauling the province’s healthcare system, entitled Manitoba’s Health System Transformation. This multi-year project, intended to bolster healthcare coordination and reduce costs, has involved cuts, closures, and massive restructuring. While this project was sold as a rationalization that would improve efficiency, it has demoralized the province’s healthcare workers and has compromised the care they are able to provide.

Child care also an austerity victim

Susan Prentice and Jesse Hajer

Previously published in the Winnipeg Free Press August 29, 2023

August 25, 2023

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba research, published in 2017 in collaboration with Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, suggests that the costs of the landfill search for Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran are dwarfed by the spiritual, emotional, social and economic costs of ongoing inaction to prevent MMIWGTS+ and to seek justice for families.  Fixation on the search costs distracts from these much, much larger costs.

The Parental Rights Trojan Horse

A shorter version was published in the Winnipeg Free Press August 21, 2023

Parental rights are a dog whistle for regressive politics that harm and bully 2SLGBTQIA+ students and community members. They are also a distraction from other substantial changes the government could be making to improve the well-being of children in schools–an actual priority of parents in this province.