Make Pallister A One-Term Premier

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Make Pallister A One-Term Premier

Unless the polls are wildly wrong, Pallister will certainly be elected Premier on Tuesday, the only question is how big his margin will be. We will also face a tough climate in 2020, when Pallister drops the PST to 7% and reminds voters that the NDP broke its promise and raised it, and voters will say, "what a breath of fresh air, a politician who keeps his promises."

So how do we overcome that to not only limit the damage he does to the province but to also show him the door next time?

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Massive nonviolent resistance to the coming cuts will be needed, as will the creation of a clear set of grassroots-based alternative proposals to the neoliberal agenda both major Manitoba parties currently subscribe to.

Then, whoever takes over as MNDP leader from Selinger(and he will need to be dumped if he refuses to stand down from the leadership) will need to be pressed to make clean break from the way the party currently operates, so a radical reform movement within the MNDP will need to be organized immediately.


Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

(self-delete.  dupe post).

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

The 2016 Manitoba election and the fight against austerity


If the NDP wins in 2020 in such a climate, it's very unlikely to reverse much of what the Tories have done while in office (remember that after the NDP won office in 1999 they didn't reverse the privatization of MTS or repeal the Tories' balanced budget legislation, and that what the Tories are going to try to do this time will probably be much worse than what they did under Filmon in the 1990s). 


4. Efforts to build active opposition to austerity will be starting from the very low level of activism that exists in Manitoba today. But they won't be starting from nothing: pockets of activism in union locals and on campuses, the ongoing indigenous resurgence and efforts that bring low-income people together in some Winnipeg neighbourhoods can all be seeds from which protest and resistance can grow.... 


epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

edit..note time change

After the Election: What Next for Social Justice?

Saturday, April 23

2 PM

The Hive University of Winnipeg Near Ellice Street Entrance.

Join us for a discussion on what the struggle for social justice will look like in a post-election Manitoba.

What do we do now? That's a tough question and probably can't be answered in one evening, but let's get started.

Representatives of Solidarity Winnipeg and the University of Winnipeg Students' Association (UWSA) will make short presentations before we start a facilitated discussion.

After the event is over feel free to join like-minded people for a fun evening out.


[url= Legislature hasn't even sat and we already have a broken promise:[/url]

A review of Manitoba Hydro's massive Bipole III transmission line will be done by the crown corporation's board, not the Public Utilities Board as promised by the Progressive Conservatives.

The $4.5 billion dollar project is nearly half complete. Manitoba Hydro says it is needed to add security and reliability to power transmission in the province and to increase capacity from northern hydro dams.

The huge transmission line project has had a stormy past with critics angered by the route chosen and the costs.

The PUB review was one of the Tories' promises in their "first 100 days of change for a better Manitoba," campaign in the recent election.


The group that has been lobbying for the last six years against the new transmission line and the chosen route is not happy to hear that Hydro's own board will re-examine the project instead of the PUB.

Bipole III Coalition vice president Garland Laliberté said just after the election then Premier-designate Brian Pallister told rural newspapers on a conference call that Bipole III was one of the dumbest most poorly considered projects in the history of any government anywhere.

Laliberté says what the new government is doing now isn't what they promised just a few weeks ago.


And so apparently it's going to take [url= terms[/url] for the province to become more competitive and to eliminate the deficit. That would put us to 2024. But wait! The Liberals promised to balance the budget in [url= with the NDP timeline being [url= The Liberal and NDP timelines came out during the election, the PCs afterwards.

So to reiterate: The PCs, being the ones that are supposedly the best financial stewards, release a plan that eliminates the deficit after everyone else. How the heck? How did Pallister escape scrutiny for being worse on the one thing his party is supposedly the best at? Where was the media in all of this? We heard so much outrage from Tom Broadbeck about how the NDP is ruining the province's finances, will he now direct his ire at the state of the province's books at the incumbent government? Can someone please help me figure this one out?

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

I presume that was a rhetorical question. It is what drives me crazy about the NDP's obsession with balancing the budget. In BC they have the best fiscal record of any governments over the last 50 years and the MSM always talks about how poorly they manage the provincial books.  Its like they keep expecting to get a fair deal from the corporate media so they keep playing the neo-liberal game of "fiscal responsibility" and never dare to dream big and take big steps to change the economy. 

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

Manitoba Tories ask for unanimous support on Trans-Pacific trade deal

Manitoba's Progressive Conservative government is backing a huge free trade deal among a dozen countries.

Manitoba's inclusion in the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP could mean an increase of about $250 million a year in sales for the province's exporters, said Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen in a news release, while exclusion would cut off access to important trade markets, putting Manitoba jobs at risk.

Besides Canada, the deal includes Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States and Vietnam.

Manitoba's pork producers could be big winners in the deal....


I'm guessing the NDP will "cautiously" support the TPP - as they did when in government? And Energy East? Etc.


Thanks, epaulo.

On March 31, during the election campaign, the NDP replied as follows to survey questions from the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition:


11. Will you recommend rejecting Energy East to the National Energy Board?

We believe that Manitoba’s submission to the national energy board needs to be taken seriously and will defend Manitoba’s interests for a strong environment and clean water.

12. Will you recommend rejecting Energy East to the Federal Cabinet?

We believe that Manitoba’s submission to the national energy board needs to be taken seriously and will defend Manitoba’s interests to a strong environment and clean water with our federal counterparts.


epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

Unionist wrote:

I'm guessing the NDP will "cautiously" support the TPP - as they did when in government? And Energy East? Etc.

..not sure where the ndp stands today on both those issues. wab kinew though was at catherine mckenna's town hall last night in wpg where most of the folks in the room stood up (over 300 attended) when asked who was against the pipeline. not to mention all the thoughtful and intelligent comments made from the floor re climate change.

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..yes and the ndp did sign on with the other premiers on prioitizing the pipelines..but that bunch is gone. i would certainly like to see this change now that the ndp needs to get back into the good graces of the people.



[url=]Guess who Pallister has accused of being in cahoots with the NDP:[/url]

“Well, I appreciate the new alliance between the Winnipeg Sun and the members opposite, I really do. But I don’t know how effective it will be, frankly, because the members opposite didn’t do any organizational review, any performance review, any accountability review, any value-for-money review, for 17 years,” said Premier Brian Pallister during question period on Monday.

Pallister made the remark after interim NDP leader Flor Marcelino quoted from a Sun column that deemed Pallister’s communication style as arrogant. Marcelino then asked, “Will he come clean or will he continue to leave Manitobans in the dark?”

The Sun column, published in Sunday’s paper, accused the government of lacking transparency, with a communications style “somewhere between obfuscation and outright stonewalling.”

You can tell the only reason this guy got elected in the first place is that people really hated Selinger. After promising to take longer to balance the budget than either the NDP or the Liberals, they have had a [url= time defending their so-called savings.[/url]

Of course the NDP is also to blame for this mess. It's true that the April election disrupted the normal budgetary cycle, but that's no excuse. They cannot have been that tone deaf to think they had a realistic shot of winning the election, and if they were then the party has bigger problems. They are simply playing politics with the budget. If they were actually concerned about funding issues, they would have assembled a budget based on their consultations and then run on it, along with a few other things like raising the minimum wage. That would have accomplished 2 things. It would have put the money out there and given us more time to regroup and lobby against the next PC budgets. It would also have forced Pallister to decide whether he wanted to waste political capital on firing nurses, cutting child care spaces, not building the Lorette multiplex, not providing a 24-7 safe space for teenage girls in Winnipeg's West End, freezing the minimum wage, etc.

And what I have seen from Flor Marcelino does not instill a great deal of confidence in this choice. I know she's an interim leader, but why pick someone who never held a major portfolio and never had to answer questions in the Ledge? Aside from [url= in trouble with Health Canada,[/url] she has essentially been MIA. Wab Kinew, Nahanni Fontaine, and James Allum have been far more effective in their critiques of the Pallister government. Even Jim Malloway, of all people, has been more vocal and effective, particularly for challenging the MTS sale, and when you're less effective than Jim Malloway, that says something.

Ugh. And we have to put up with this for 4 more years.Frown


[url= claims illness prevented attending a vigil for the Orlando massacre victims:[/url]

Premier Brian Pallister says he made arrangements not to attend Monday's session of budget estimates in advance, and he didn't attend a vigil for the dozens massacred in a U.S. shooting over the weekend because he came down with a cold.

Pallister has been under fire for a noncommittal response from his staff Monday that he was simply "unavailable" for the legislative work and a vigil in the evening recognizing the victims of the Orlando, Fla., shooting massacre.


[url= does something for poverty reduction:[/url]

Anti-poverty groups in Manitoba are praising Premier Brian Pallister's government for pledging to maintain programs for low-income families introduced under the previous NDP government.


"We are pleased to confirm that there will be no 'claw back' to the [Canada Child Benefit or CCB] for families that receive EIA benefits or any other income supplement administered by the Department of Families, including Rent Assist, the Manitoba Child Benefit and 55 PLUS. These programs will not consider the CCB as part of their respective income tests and therefore Manitoba families will be able to fully benefit from the new CCB," said a spokesperson for Minister Fielding.

"We are aware that Manitoba faces many economic challenges," said Kate Kehler, executive director of the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg.


So the Legislature resumes sitting on October 3, and to suggest that the NDP will have a difficult time is an understatement. To start, Pallister is [url= the most popular Premier in Canada after Brad Wall.[/url] Then there's the [url= of the move of Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries to downtown[/url] (although in fairness, while more people working downtown is a plus, the full benefits won't be realized if the staff drive to their suburban homes at 5 PM every week) the [url= on Manitoba Hydro,[/url] along with [url= hikes and job losses,[/url] and a [url= hike proposed for MPI.[/url] Funny, I thought the PCs were all about keeping money in people's pockets, unfortunately they have done a masterful job of spinning everything around to make it the NDP's fault. Meanwhile, the railway to Churchill is under threat, along with the entire city of The Pas with the difficulties around the Tolko mill, and I'm not aware of the PCs comitting to projects like moving ACC to the North Hill in Brandon or the Merchant's Corner on Selkirk. All with their fear-mongering about the deficit being much bigger than anyone ever anticipated. And who's there to hold Pallister to account? Both the NDP and the Liberals are divided over leadership issues, and the Greens aren't even represented in the Ledge.

Ugh. Just...

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

You can't spell 'Conservative' without 'Cons'

It's amazing to me how people continue to elect con artists and most of the best ring toss carnies happen to be Conservative.

It's not the politicians that are fucked,it's the people who continue to vote for these shysters.



The Manitoba government is seeing a $166-million improvement in its deficit situation over its own estimates earlier this year.

Finance Minister Cameron Friesen released Manitoba's public accounts for the 2015-16 fiscal year on Thursday, and announced the province's deficit is at $846 million.

That's a $166 million improvement on the number Friesen announced earlier this year, although still more than double the 2015-16 deficit projected by the previous NDP government.

Oh, you mean the current budgeting situation hasn't caused the world to come to an end?

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

'It's an attack on workers': NDP pans PC labour bill

A new government bill designed to change the rules about how workers form unions passed its second reading this week. While Tories say it will make the process more democratic, opponents argue it's a concealed attempt to throw obstacles in the path of organized labour.

Bill 7, the Labour Relations Amendment Act, would do away with the long-standing card check system in Manitoba, which allowed unions to form automatically if a super-majority -- 65 per cent -- of workers sign union cards.

Instead, the new rules would require all potential unions to hold a secret ballot vote, which supporters say will protect workers from coercion.

"I think our workers in Manitoba deserve to have the protection it offers, from coercion, from intimidation, from follow-up bullying as a consequence of whether they voted one way or another," said Premier Brian Pallister. 

"I think the workers own the right to that ballot, and they own the right to decide whether they publicly disclose how they voted or not," he said.

Critics of the bill point to research that shows successful attempts to unionize drop when the card check system is eliminated, but Pallister said if it happens here, it might be a good thing.


Attack on labour, NDP says

Opponents of the bill say it opens workers up to intimidation, instead of the other way around.

"The whole point of this bill is it will make it more difficult for workers to organize into a union," said NDP MLA Tom Lindsey. "That in itself is an attack on organized labour."


WINNIPEG — Manitoba's premier is being criticized for saying indigenous people shouldn't be night hunting and that the practice is creating a "race war."

Brian Pallister made the comments to fellow Progressive Conservatives earlier this week in Virden, Man.

"Young indigenous guys going out and shootin' a bunch of moose 'cause they can, 'cause they say it's their right, doesn't make any sense to me," he said in a speech, which was recorded by the local radio station CJVM.

"This is a poor practice. A dumb practice ... It should stop.

"So what are we doing? We're organizing to bring indigenous people together and say the same thing I just said to ya, 'cause it's becoming a race war and I don't want that."



Just because he's Premier of Manitoba doesn't mean he actually has to live there