WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s NDP government has once again offered the province a progressive vision for the upcoming year in its annual speech from the throne, in what CUPE Manitoba is calling “a responsible and visionary plan.”
“The Manitoba government has offered an incredibly progressive plan that reflects the needs of a great cross-section of Manitobans,” said Kelly Moist, President of CUPE Manitoba, “offering paid leave for victims of domestic violence, ensuring support for new refugees, confirming funding for Shoal Lake’s freedom road – this is the whole package.”
This year’s throne speech reflects the nation-wide calls for action on numerous key issues, both domestic and international, positioning Manitoba as a clear leader on social justice and progressive economic growth.
“After over a decade of steady growth and pragmatic stewardship over the economy, this government is well poised to tackle some pretty big issues,” said Moist, “Manitobans expect a government that is both responsible and visionary, and that’s what Monday’s throne speech offers.”
Highlights of the throne speech include extending paid leave to victims of domestic violence, support for Syrian and other refugees, a renewed call for a national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women, a renewed commitment to building the Shoal Lake 40 freedom road, investments in infrastructure and rapid transit, stable funding for colleges and universities, and a commitment to building 12,000 affordable child care spaces.
The throne speech further commits to protecting Manitoba’s crown corporations against privatization. “While other provinces are recklessly privatizing their key assets, Manitoba’s NDP government has pledged to protect our important institutions” said Moist, “all we need to do is look to our east or west to see what Liberal and Conservative governments have to offer, and it’s not pretty.”
Additionally the throne speech continues the government’s steady funding towards health care, education, infrastructure, and improving long-term care, all of which affect the work that CUPE members perform daily.
“As the union that represents workers in communities and workplaces across Manitoba, we are excited to work with this government as it turns its vision into reality,” said Moist, “Monday’s throne speech is a great launching point for a new, progressive plan for our province.”
In Manitoba, CUPE represents approximately 25,000 members working in health care facilities, personal care homes, school divisions, municipal services, social services, child care centres, public utilities, libraries and family emergency services.