Greg Selinger and his NDP cohorts continue their assault on the very fabric of rural Manitoba communities, and they do it with little or no consultation or communication with the affected communities.
The latest closure of government offices includes 24 Manitoba Hydro service centres. These closures follow the removal of agriculture, highways, driver testing, Crown land, provincial planning and conservation offices in many areas of rural Manitoba.
The NDP has also closed or reduced services to 19 rural emergency rooms. Most areas of rural Manitoba are experiencing severe shortages of doctors and nurses, resulting in facilities such as hospitals and personal care homes being short-staffed and unable to operate properly. Provincial assessment and planning offices are operating with reduced staff and that is causing major delays in service provision.
NDP policies such as the routing of Bipole III, at an added cost to Manitoba taxpayers of more than $1 billion, the forced amalgamation of municipalities with no consultation, and the capping of education tax rebates on farmland are all blatant attacks on the health and viability of rural Manitoba communities. The 14 per cent increase in PST has had a major impact on businesses as shoppers flock to both the United States and Saskatchewan to avoid the higher PST.
All of the above actions are occurring at a time when the NDP continues to increase spending, proving the argument of cost savings to be completely invalid.
Premier Selinger and his NDP government are out of ideas on how to provide services and simply have lost touch with the people of Manitoba. The NDP has developed a top-heavy governance model that is failing to provide adequate front-line services, and their lack of consultation and their illegal actions have proven that they are not right for Manitoba. It’s time for them to go.
MLA for Agassiz
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 25, 2013