MGEU members deliver a wide variety of vital public services to Manitobans. Many work directly for the Province of Manitoba, while others work in Crown corporations, health care, universities and colleges, social service agencies, and arts and cultural organizations.
Because the union represents such a wide variety of Manitobans, party platforms and election issues have a direct impact on MGEU members. That is why, before each provincial general election, the union develops a questionnaire which allows each of the three elected political parties to respond to important issues concerning the union’s members.
The responses from each leader below have been compiled to provide each party’s stance on policy issues currently impacting MGEU members. All parties were asked to limit their responses to 150 words and in most cases parties adhered to that rule. One party has exceeded the limit in most of their answers, but in the interests of getting members the info in a timely manner we have chosen to post all responses in full.
Ask your local candidates questions about these issues, or others that are important to you, in the coming election – and remember to cast your ballot on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.
Progressive Conservative Party
New Democratic Party
1: The MGEU, along with 28 other Manitoba unions, have launched a legal challenge of the current Provincial Government's wage restraint law (Bill 28), which violates workers' constitutionally protected right to free collective bargaining. If elected, would your government repeal Bill 28 and commit to respecting free and fair collective bargaining?
Our PC Team believes that Bill 28 would achieve a time limited, reasonable and constitutional balance that addresses inherited challenges while respecting ongoing collective bargaining.
When the PC Party formed government in 2016 we inherited a mess. The outgoing NDP government left us to deal with spiralling deficits, high and rising taxes, successive credit rating downgrades, debt that had more than tripled and annual interest costs approaching almost $2 billion dollars. Public servants know this was not sustainable.
We have asked for all hands on deck to meet these challenges, including elected representatives and senior public servants. Our PC Caucus members have led the way by taking zero pay increases for the past three years.
Our Party supports collective bargaining. If and when Bill 28 comes into force, it would support collective bargaining by fully respecting past and existing contracts and allowing for future bargaining negotiation on a range of important workplace issues, including job security. working conditions, health & safety issues, seniority, grievance procedures and would provide for negotiations on savings to permit earlier wage increases.
Our Party understands and appreciates the role front line service providers play in delivering the services that Manitobans rely on, which is why our party supports lowering taxes, ensuring workplaces are safe and free of harassment, trimming at the top of our organization structure so we can invest more in front line services.
The Manitoba NDP strongly opposes Bill 28. We believe collective bargaining is a protected charter right and will always stand up for the rights of workers. One of our first acts as a government would be to repeal the Act – which has never been proclaimed - and return to the bargaining table with workers. As New Democrats, we believe in collective bargaining and in respecting the constitutional rights of workers.
Manitoba Liberal Government will rescind the PCs Public Services Sustainability Act and wage freeze, and commit to ensuring timely labour negotiations so that workers don’t spend months or years working without a contract.
“The right to negotiate the value of your work, how much you will be paid, the hours you will work and the benefits you receive are among the most important decisions you can make in your life,” said Lamont. “Manitoba Liberals want to ensure that people are paid fair wages, that we settle negotiations on time, and that people make it home from work safe.”
2: Members in public pension plans want to know that the pension they have invested in throughout their careers will be available to them in retirement to provide predictable and secure levels of income. If elected, will you commit to ensuring sustainability of public pension plans and guarantee that recipients receive the full value of their pension in retirement?
A Manitoba Liberal government will ensure that every public servant who has dedicated their career in service of Manitobans will receive the full value of their pension at retirement, while looking into ways to ensure sustainability of public pension plans for the future.
Yes. The Manitoba Public Service Pension Plan is managed by The Civil Service Superannuation Board and is carefully monitored by government to ensure it is adequately funded so it will be there for generations to come. That will continue should Manitobans honour us with a second mandate.
Further, we worked with the Federal and provincial governments to make improvements to the Canada Pension Plan. We advocated for further improvements to the death benefit, the drop out and drop in provisions, the elimination of the claw-back of guaranteed income supplement payments for widowed seniors’ CPP survivor benefits, and a comprehensive review of CPP survivor and disability benefits to address issues raised by seniors for many years. The Federal government and other jurisdictions agreed to take action on many of these items and to review and consider our other proposals.
We know that part of what attracts great talent to work in the Manitoba Public Sector is a solid pension plan and competitive benefits; and that is why we will continue to ensure these benefits are stable and sustainable.
By balancing the Budget in 2022, two years ahead of schedule, we will be in a better position to deliver benefits for Manitoba public servants, including our $2,020 tax rollback guarantee. A re- elected PC government will move all of Manitoba Forward including the public service and MGEU members.
The Manitoba NDP will strengthen public pension plans, and commit to properly funding them. We will not go the route that is being considered by Pallister who refused to show Manitobans what his pension legislation was before he called the election. It appears that Pallister is considering very worrisome provisions, including the introduction of Target Benefit Pension Plans, weakening unlocking provisions and potentially ending the principle of universal participation. We believe pensions are earned, deferred wages and so we will fight for good pensions for all workers allowing them to retire with dignity.
We will ensure that pensions are protected so that workers will always know their retirement – and the full value of their pension – is protected.
3: In just the past three years, more than 1,500 jobs have been eliminated from Manitoba's civil service. As a result, public services are being cut or compromised. What would your government do to protect public services and the people who provide them?
Brian Pallister promised he would not cut front line workers in the last election – he broke that promise. Pallister’s cuts to public service jobs have been devastating for workers and the public services that all Manitobans count on. The Manitoba NDP will immediately cancel Pallister’s $23 million contracts for his powerful friends and use the savings to fund vital public services. We will also end the chaos in healthcare that has resulted from Pallister firing 500 nurses and closing 3 ERs. We will stop Pallister’s nurse firings and instead hire more nurses in critical areas. We will invest in infrastructure services across our province and make sure we continually support the critical areas of government including our correctional system to support systems for people with disabilities to home care. We know a strong public service is key to a strong Manitoba.
During the leaders debate, Lamont used his question to ask Brian Pallister how he can believe that “freezing wages and firing people is the way to grow the economy?” Pallister says the public sector is too big compared to the private sector, so we have to shrink the public sector. Well another way of seeing it is that our private sector is too small compared to the public sector. Just cutting government doesn’t generate growth. All those people who work for government spend their money in the private economy.
We need to ensure that public services and those who provide them are being supported, by ensuring that every job in Manitoba is a good job, particularly those who work for the province.
When the PC Party formed government in 2016 we inherited a mess. The outgoing NDP government left us to deal with spiralling deficits, high and rising taxes, successive credit rating downgrades, debt that had more than tripled and annual interest costs approaching almost $2 billion dollars. Public servants know this was not sustainable.
In 2016 we committed to bending the unsustainable cost curve while increasing our investments in front line services, and we have done that. Budget 2019 invests $414M more in health, $424M more in education & training, and $236M more in family services than did the last NDP budget in 2015. We are not only growing our investments in services, we are listening to front-line service providers and funding their ideas to deliver services more efficiently. Our platform commits $115M to idea funds that enable front line public servants to put forward their informed ideas on how to reduce costs and make government more efficient. These funds will lead to a transformed public service that rewards innovation, good ideas, and better outcomes for clients that depend on our public services.
By finding savings and trimming at the top of government operations we have avoided lay-offs and found new opportunities for public servants to work on the new priorities of Manitobans. We continue to recruit new talent to the Manitoba public service including more nurses and more doctors than ever before. There is a job for every nurse that wants one in Manitoba.
We are investing more in health care, education, families and front-line services than ever before, and we are focused on getting better results and making government more efficient in delivering programs. We look forward to continuing our partnership with MGEU and the Manitoba Public Service as we continue to move our province forward.
4: If elected, would your government establish certified workplace injury and illness prevention programs covering public sector and health care workplaces?
We take worker safety, workplace injury, and illness very seriously. Our government has supported the workplace safety and health branch to properly enforce the Workplace Safety and Health Act and its associated regulations in order to ensure Manitoba’s workplaces are safe and healthy.
Working with partners in the safety community, our administration also supports SAFE Work Manitoba, which provides education, safety programming, consulting and strategic direction to create a genuine culture of safety for all Manitobans.
In addition, SAFE Work Manitoba operates SAFE Work Certified, Manitoba’s safety and health certification standard that helps make workplaces safer and provides a financial reward to employers that take proactive steps to prevent workplace injuries and illness.
Every worker should come home safe at the end of their day. The Manitoba NDP will make workplaces safer by restoring and improving workplace health and safety standards and will look at other opportunities – such as certified prevention programs – to keep workers safe.
We will rehire health and safety officer positions that Pallister has left empty, while he lowered standards and made deep cuts to enforcement. Pallister has ignored the recommendations of labour and business, and set the minimum working age at 13 years old, meaning kids can get permits to work in Manitoba a full year younger than kids in Ontario and Saskatchewan can. The PCs lowered standards that protect hearing on the job. Now the PCs are looking at weakening Manitoba’s standards for protecting workers from harmful chemicals. We will stop these dangerous changes that put workers’ health and safety at risk – and restore and improve standards so that every worker is safe on the job.
Manitoba Liberals strongly believe in safe work practices. No one deserves to be injured at work in easily preventable incidents. Each year we see thousands of claims for workplace accidents, many of which frequently effect young workers in this province. A Manitoba Liberal government would enhance current workplace safety measures in this province.
Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont announced that a Manitoba Liberal Government would increase enforcement of workplace health and safety issues, and seek to ensure that every Manitoban comes home from work safe, everyday.
5: Profits from Manitoba's Public Liquor Marts stay in Manitoba. In 2018, the public sale of liquor generated $280 million in profits that went to fund health, education and other crucial services. If elected, will your government commit to keeping our liquor sales and distribution system public and put a moratorium on the expansion of private liquor sales?
A Liberal government promises no more privatization, we will ensure that Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries will remain a public Crown corporation.
A re-elected PC Government is committed to strong, public Crown corporations. Our Government has said time and time again that we have no intention of privatizing Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries. Our public-private partnership system in Manitoba provides the benefits of a public Crown corporation that supports public services while encouraging economic growth.
Almost half of liquor sold in Manitoba is already through a private channel.
The Manitoba NDP are strong believers in public crown corporations – including Liquor Marts. Keeping them public ensures they’re working for Manitobans and supports good public sector jobs. We will maintain the balance of public and private liquor sales that has existed for many years and unlike Pallister, we will support and expand our public Crown Corporations instead of selling them off.
6: According to MPI, if they are authorized to provide online auto insurance exclusively, it would mean a 4.4% decrease in Autopac rates over five years. If elected, would your government allow MPI to offer all online sales in order to protect ratepayers from extra fees and insurance rate increases?
Unlike Brian Pallister who is meddling in MPI to protect the interests of private insurance brokers, our government would put the interests of drivers first. We will return MPI to Manitobans and ensure MPI is allowed to pursue its core mandate of providing low rates and comprehensive coverage. We will give MPI the mandate to pursue its goals without political interference and ensure Manitobans are able to access the best auto insurance services in the country, including online components.
Far too often, we’ve seen the Pallister government interfering with the decisions of Crown corporations that could lead to negative impacts on Manitoba’s consumers. Manitoba Liberals believe in allowing MPI to implement online sales to best protect ratepayers in this province.
MPI and private insurance brokers in Manitoba have been serving Manitobans together for decades. Much like our liquor sales, this public-private partnership model has served Manitobans well, providing convenience, service, and some of the lowest insurance rates in Canada. Online services are an essential product that Manitobans want and deserve. The previous NDP government was so busy making secret deals with the private brokers that Manitoba lagged behind all other provinces in moving to online services for public insurance. A re-elected PC government will not go back to those days. We expect MPI to work with its partners to improve services to Manitobans and keep rates low.
7: The health care system has been in a state of chaos since a “restructuring” was announced in 2017, and health workers say this is impacting patient care. If elected, would your government be willing to pause the changes and cuts until front-line workers are meaningfully consulted about what's working and what's not?
Our PC government inherited a mess from the previous NDP government. Manitobans were forced to endure the longest wait times in the country, forced to pay the highest ambulance fees in the country and experienced unacceptably long wait times for priority procedures like hip and knee replacements and cataract surgeries. Our government has acted on the advice of experts hired and then ignored by the previous NDP government, and we are already experiencing positive results.
Last year, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) reported that Manitoba bucked the national trend - we were the only province in the country to experience lower wait times in emergency departments. Our government, if re-elected, will continue to make investments that reduce wait times from those Manitobans endured under the previous NDP government.
This campaign we have already announced that we will invest an additional $2 billion investment into Manitoba’s health care system over our next mandate. This will include investments such as the $5.3 million for 1,000 additional hips and knee procedures and 2,000 additional cataract surgeries that will bring Manitoba in line – if not better- than national wait time averages. In addition, acting on the recommendations of the Wait Times Reduction Task Force, we have committed to break ground on a new state-of-the-art emergency department at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg before the end of our second mandate. These investments are additional measures we are taking to are ensure better health care sooner for Manitobans.
Yes. The Manitoba NDP will end the chaos in health care by listening to the people on the front lines. We will end Pallister’s rushed and reckless ER closure plan, re-opening the Seven Oaks and Concordia ERs and opening more acute care beds. We will stop firing nurses and instead hire more nurses in critical areas, and we’ll reset our relationship with nurses and health care professionals, restoring the trust and respect broken by the Pallister government. Health care is our number one priority and we will make sure it is strengthened rather than undermined.
A Manitoba Liberal government would seek the immediate pause of Pallister’s reckless health care changes. Liberals will restore accountability to the system and work together with doctors, nurses and health care experts to rebuild our health-care system and return decision-making to the local level.
8: Recently the governments of Canada and Manitoba signed a bilateral health care agreement. A major portion of the funding is earmarked for home care services. If elected, will your government invest this money in public, not-for-profit home care or can Manitobans expect further privatization of Manitoba's home care program?
A Liberal Government is committed to working with various home care associations to spread more services throughout our province so seniors can remain in the homes and stay healthy longer. Like any other government service, Home care needs to remain public and have investments match the needs of our communities. Manitoba Liberals would increase the home care budget by 10% or 38 million in the first year in government, with annual increases covering the rate of inflation in consecutive years.
The previous NDP government reduced the rate of personal care home construction from 90 to only 20 beds per year. As a result, wait lists for PCH placement in Winnipeg continued to grow resulting in improper care for seniors and longer wait times for those needing a hospital bed.
Under our PC government, wait times for PCH placement in Winnipeg are at a record low level. This is largely due to our investments in transitional care in Winnipeg as well as the establishment of the Priority Home Program which provides the care patient needs in their home rather than in a hospital. With the signing of the Shared Health Priorities bilateral agreement with the federal government, a re-elected PC government will continue to take action to reduce PCH wait times throughout the province.
Our PC Team understands the importance of our public health care system in Manitoba. That is why in 2019, we are investing $414 million more in health care than the previous NDP government did in their last budget. In their platform, Wab Kinew and the NDP are only budgeting an additional $29.5 million in health care - $88.5 million less than the $118 million we added in this year’s budget alone. We are also undertaking Manitoba’s first Provincial Clinical and Preventive Services Plan as we believe that all Manitobans should have equal access to care no matter where they live in the province.
This campaign we have also made a guarantee to Manitobans that we will invest an additional $2 billion into our health care system. We will continue to make investments into our public health care system that ensure better health care sooner for all Manitobans.
Yes - a Manitoba NDP government will direct federal dollars for home care into quality public, not-for-profit home care and we will cancel Pallister’s plans to privatize home care. Pallister’s plans to privatize home care are more expensive – leaving less resources to provide services to Manitoba’s aging population. We will redirect the savings from cancelling the privatization plans into improving home care and ensuring services for all Manitobans. As part of our commitment to restoring home care, we believe the length of home care visits should reflect the care offered so that every person receives the time and support they need and home care workers are able to have appropriate time to deliver services.
9: Manitoba has been in the grip of a devastating methamphetamine crisis over the past two years, which has significantly affected the work of public employees and health care workers. What is your plan to address this growing problem in our province?
The methamphetamine crisis has put unbelievable stress and pressure on workers in our health care system. While Brian Pallister has refused to take action to address this crisis, health care workers are on the front-lines of the crisis saving lives and connecting people to treatment and recovery.
A Manitoba NDP government will appoint a Minister Responsible for Mental Health and Addictions to lead the way. We will implement Main Street Project’s plan to build detox, treatment and transitional housing beds for Manitobans struggling with addictions in Winnipeg and in other areas of our province, including Brandon. The plan includes:
1. Repurposing MSP’s existing Protective Care beds to accommodate clients who are detained while high on meth. This would reduce pressure on emergency rooms and facilitate a client’s move to treatment.
2. Building meth-specific beds within MSP’s Detoxification and Stabilization Units. Clients would stay in detox for at least ten days.
3. Building long term meth treatment beds within MSP’s Mainstay Residence. Clients would stay in treatment between 90-365 days. Clients would have access to a nurse practitioner, psychologists and cognitive behavioural therapy.
Every single Manitoban has known someone with addiction; it is an issue that touches every family, every household and every person in this province. Using a portion of the revenues generated from cannabis, Manitoba Liberals will focus on prevention and intervention as well as better treatment. In addition to a province-wide public awareness campaign, we will fund anti-gang and intervention programs to show at-risk youths more positive paths in life.
When dealing with addictions, Manitoba Liberals will:
- Create “drug stabilization units” where people in meth withdrawal can be safely held and so they can’t hurt themselves or others
- Extend recovery times in public treatment beds so that substance users can take the time that they need to recover
- Fund transitional housing with mental health supports and provide further housing for people so they can recover
- Expand harm reduction to reduce deaths and critical health incidents associated with injection drug use
Tackling the issues surrounding mental health and addictions remain a top priority for our PC Team. We understand the challenges that are being faced by families, friends and frontline workers due to the rise of illicit drugs in our communities. As is the case with all of our reforms, we seek out expert and front line advice to guide our actions. That is why in our first mandate, our PC government commissioned the Virgo Report – a comprehensive strategy that reviewed Manitoba’s mental health and addictions programming and provided recommendations on how to improve the system so that it is able to provide appropriate care for years to come. We have already implemented, or in the process of implementing, 27 of the report’s more than 120 recommendations.
We have opened five Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine clinics throughout the province that have already helped over 1,400 Manitobans; we have signed on to the Emergency Treatment Fund which will create flexible-length withdrawal management services in Winnipeg and Brandon; we have increased the number of women’s treatment beds at AFM from 12 to 36 as well as added an additional four beds at the Behavioural Health Foundation; and, we have equipped paramedics with olanzapine to treat agitated patients who may be experiencing psychosis due to meth use.
Our PC government also participated in the Illicit Drug Task Force made up of the federal, provincial and municipal governments – a first of its kind in Canada. To date, we have implemented half of the Task Force’s recommendations. If re-elected our PC Team will implement our Safer Streets, Safer Lives Action plan to combat illicit drug use in Manitoba – both with additional treatment options and important steps to increase public safety in our communities.
To help those who need help escaping the grip of addiction, a re-elected PC government will open an acute medical sobering unit, a drop-in centre that can provide referrals to further supports, an additional RAAM clinic in Southern Health - Sante Sud and post-recovery supportive housing.
We are very aware of the challenges methamphetamine poses for front line service providers. In addition to the measures described, we have announced a safe emergency department at the Health Sciences Centre that will be made up of six seclusion rooms and six holding rooms. This will enhance safety for our front line service providers as they provide care to patients. We have also put new protocols in place to make those that work in our health care facilities more secure. This includes limiting visiting hours, securing more entrances, adding additional security guards, equipping staff with alarms, amongst a number of other measures. We have also begun work on a province-wide security review that will provide recommendations on how to ensure health care facilities across the system are safe for patients, staff and visitors.
10: Manitoba has approximately 30 fully educated and trained Advanced Care Paramedics (ACPs) employed in rural areas. These ACPs have been told that they are unable to keep their skills up-to-date to provide their full scope of practice. If elected, will you ensure ACPs in rural Manitoba are able to care for patients to their full scope of practice?
Our PC government has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the advancement of paramedicine in Manitoba. We know that care starts as soon as a Manitoban in need calls 911 and paramedics arrive at the door. Despite praising the 2013 EMS review, the previous NDP government failed to act on any of its recommendations. In our first mandate, our PC team has moved ahead with self-regulation of paramedicine, purchased new ambulances so that paramedics have the best equipment possible to provide quality patient care and have hired almost 150 new full-time paramedics throughout the province. Our platform pledges an additional 80 paramedics in rural Manitoba.
Our PC Team understands the concerns that have been raised by ACPs living in rural Manitoba. That said, we must remain committed to ensuring that all paramedics can provide safe and quality patient care. As we continue to undertake Manitoba's first Provincial Clinical and Preventive Services Plan and transition Manitoba's EMS program to Shared Health, we will continue to engage in dialogue with paramedics as we continue to move the profession forward after far too many years of neglect by the previous government.
Yes. We want to ensure all rural Manitobans have access to the full skills of our best trained professionals. We will work with all regions to make sure ACPs can practice to their full scope of practice so rural Manitobans can benefit from the full skills of front-line health care professionals in their home communities. Manitobans deserve the best care possible no matter where they live.
Manitoba Liberals will work together with paramedics to ensure that ACPs in rural Manitoba are able to care for patients to their full scope of practice. In addition our plan to rebuild our heal care system includes restoring access to emergency medical services to many rural and northern communities.
11: A high number of inmates in Manitoba correctional facilities have either a diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health condition. What will your government do to help address this crisis in our jails?
In 2018, Manitoba had 19 psychologists per 100,000 people — less than half the national figure of 49 per 100,000. For months, the Pallister government delayed signing a new federal health care funding agreement that offered $400-million, including funds earmarked for mental health care. There is a major need for psychological therapies in Manitoba with twenty-three percent of adult Manitobans having a mood or anxiety disorder. The costs of depression and anxiety to Manitoba are estimated to be $2.8 billion a year, with an estimated net benefit to our provincial economy from the widespread availability of effective treatments being estimated at $1.8 billion a year to Manitoba.
Manitoba Liberals will:
1) Cover the costs of psychological assessments and treatments for children with learning and behavioural disabilities under Medicare. Currently, waiting lists for assessment are up to two or three years in places in Manitoba.
2) Ensure that approved clinical psychology and therapies are covered under Medicare.
3) Implement Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), a training and mental health delivery program, based on UK models, to ensure that mental health services and counselling are available province-wide.
4) Work with universities and colleges to increase the number of fully licensed psychologists in Manitoba.
Our Progressive Conservative government takes the mental health of inmates and staff at our correctional centres very seriously. Manitoba Corrections employs a variety of medical personnel, including nurses, psychiatric nurses, medical office assistants and several Correctional Health Care Assistants. Every correctional facility has access to a psychiatrist and correctional psychiatric nurses to meet the needs of inmates.
Our government also continues to support Winnipeg’s Mental Health Court with funding provided to Manitoba Health to support the Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) team. The FACT team consists of a psychiatrist and a multidisciplinary team of service coordinators and mental health clinicians. There have been 50 graduates from the Mental Health Court program to date and our government is committed to continuing to support this valuable program.
More recently, our government has supported the judiciary in the establishment of an FASD Court in Winnipeg. The new FASD court involves a designated docket for sentencing of cases where FASD is an aspect of the offender’s circumstances and will expand resources from the FASD Youth Justice Program so that those over the age of 18 can continue to be supported until age 25.
A Manitoba NDP government will work to transform mental health care for all Manitobans – including those who are incarcerated. That will start by appointing a Minister of Mental Health and Addictions – a minister whose sole focus is addressing the meth crisis and mental health issues in Manitoba. A significant part of that work would go to expanding access to culturally appropriate and Indigenous-led mental health and addictions care for Indigenous people in Manitoba, who are overrepresented in our prison system.
12: College instructors in Manitoba are amongst the lowest paid in Canada. As a result, many of these professionals only take term jobs at Manitoba colleges or leave after a short time to return to their professions. What will your government do to address this growing recruitment and retention issue at Manitoba colleges?
A Manitoba NDP government will repeal Bill 28 to let workers bargain collectively, including college instructors. We will also provide the funding necessary for institutions to provide competitive and appropriate compensation to attract and retain the professionals our colleges need.
We also have significant plans to break down social and financial barriers to post-secondary for students – making it even more important to support professors and instructors. We will help thousands of post-secondary students pay for their schooling while learning valuable job skills with co-op job placements and paid internships. And we will make university and college more affordable by freezing tuition growth to inflation and keeping student loans interest-free, and help rural, northern and Indigenous students by restoring the ACCESS bursary that was cut by Pallister.
Dougald Lamont knows how hard it is for people who teach at our post-secondary institutions to make ends meet. As a university lecturer he often speaks about how he had to work two or three jobs at a time to make ends meet and put food on the table for his family. Manitoba Liberals believe that all jobs in Manitoba should be good jobs, and we know that Dougald’s story isn’t unique.
A Liberal Manitoba Government will restore the $12 million dollars in cuts to Universities and Colleges while ensuring that increases to annual support match inflation rates. This will ensure our educational institutions have the confidence to plan for the future.
Recruitment and retention of teaching faculty at Manitoba colleges is an important priority for our party. We are committed to investing in education so that our post-secondary intuitions can be competitive in attracting talent, in fact, education spending is up a full $424 million dollars more than the last year the NDP were in power.
Responsible and sustainable spending in the education sector, in concert with our 2020 Tax Rollback Guarantee, which will reduce the tax burden on individuals by $2020 over the next four years will put Manitoba back on a path where we can attract the very best talent and, keep those individuals here.