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October 16, 2015

PROVINCE CONTINUES TO BUILD ON PLAN TO SUPPORT FAMILIES, PROTECT FRONT- LINE SERVICES AND CREATE OPPORTUNITIES AT HOME


House to Resume Oct. 20

Ahead of a new legislative session, the Manitoba government is continuing to support families by protecting front-line services from cuts, providing training opportunities for young people to build rewarding careers here at home and investing in affordable child-care spaces to help families get ahead, Premier Greg Selinger said today.

“We’re excited to continue to work together for a better Manitoba and get back to the business of building on the success of our last session, like helping families get ahead by building stronger health-care services and creating 900 more affordable child care spaces,” said Premier Selinger.  “We will continue to reject calls to make deep cuts and privatize services, as Manitobans know that such decisions have hurt families in the past.”

On the heels of the previous session, the fall sitting of the Manitoba legislature will focus on important legislation that aligns with the values of families, like protecting children from second-hand smoke and online exploitation, cracking down on dangerous driving, and capping class sizes at 20 students from kindergarten to Grade 3 to help students succeed, the premier said.

“We’re taking a balanced approach that invests in growing the economy and protecting front-line public services,” said government house leader Dave Chomiak.  “We will use this session of the legislature to present our clear vision that prioritizes what matters most to Manitoba families.  This includes renovating and building our schools to provide smaller classes and training opportunities to give young people the skills they need for a rewarding career, improving health care, protecting consumers and investing over $1 billion in infrastructure projects across Manitoba.”

Significant rule changes were also passed by the Manitoba legislative assembly that will ensure longer and more predictable legislative sessions, Chomiak said.  Fourteen committees met between the two sessions, providing Manitobans an opportunity to offer feedback on proposed government legislation, he noted.

The premier added the government had a very busy summer and fall, noting Manitoba led the call to accept and support more Syrian refugees, the location of the new Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Headquarters was announced, and thousands of kilometres of roads were fixed through the province’s record investments in infrastructure.

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