Posted January 16, 2018 07:03:37 The Manitoba NDP has made the case that the government should get out of the way of the economy and instead get out and help solve problems that are affecting all Manitobans.
The message is part of a new campaign from NDP Leader Cam Broten, and comes just a few weeks after the Liberals called the NDP “toxic” and accused the NDP of trying to “kill the economy.”
“We have a government that is incapable of solving these problems,” Broten told reporters on Thursday.
“I know that some Manitobas are very concerned that our government is not doing enough to help them.”
Broten’s call to action comes after Premier Brian Pallister announced the province’s economic recovery plan, which includes $1.2 billion in provincial funding for the construction of new roads and bridges, transit projects and a provincial tax break for families with small businesses.
The plan includes $6.3 billion for infrastructure, $3.3 million for school construction and $1 billion for seniors housing.
“This is a time for Manitoba to come together and get things done,” Brotten said in the NDP campaign launch video.
“We know that our province is in dire straits and needs help.
We are going to help make sure that we’re not going to get the resources we need to make things better.
We want to ensure that we are going in the right direction for our children, our seniors, and Manitoba families.”
The NDP campaign launched a day before the start of the new school year, which was the first time Broten had addressed the issue of poverty since the end of the 2016 election campaign.
In an interview with the Winnipeg Free Press earlier this month, Brotstyn said he wants the NDP to be more inclusive and help Manitobias economy.
Pallister told the Winnipeg Sun that the NDP was trying to do everything in its power to hurt the economy, and that his government was not making enough progress.
The Progressive Conservatives have called the plan “totally unacceptable,” and the NDP is not taking kindly to that.
Brotten also said the NDP has a “tough job” in Manitoba, and it is not helping the economy.
He said he was concerned that the economy had been suffering for far too long and that the province needs more help.
He also criticized the provincial government for its handling of the Manitoba budget, saying it was too slow to get to grips with the problems.
While the economy is growing, Broten said, he is concerned about the future of the province.
For example, the province has been losing jobs, he said.
That has created an enormous amount of anxiety in our community, he added.
Premier Brian Pallant has made it clear that the federal government is in charge of Manitoba’s economic development.
He has also pointed to a “huge deficit” in the province that will need to be dealt with.
A federal government that does not work together is “not going to be able to deal with the issues that Manitobians are facing,” Brottten said.