Union Bug Blog
May 23, 2007 -
A Third Majority
On Tuesday May 22, 2007 Gary Doer and the Manitoba NDP did just what most political analysts predicted as they cruised to a third straight majority term.
May 14, 2007 -
What About Privatization?
In an election campaign that so far has featured announcements at the rate of almost one per day from each party, there has been somewhat of an absence of a debate around privatization. Manitoba Hydro aside, we need to hear from each of the major parties about their priorities in terms of the public service and threats of contracting-out and other types of privatization.
May 09, 2007 -
Bring Back The Sanity
May 02, 2007 -
PST Cut Misguided
In the first week of the provincial election campaign, Progressive Conservative Leader Hugh McFadyen announced that he would reduce Manitoba’s Provincial Sales Tax (PST) by one percent if elected. This is the first reference so far in the campaign to tax reductions of any kind.
Apr 27, 2007 -
It Ain't Easy Being Green
Apr 22, 2007 -
Now It's Up to Manitobans
On Friday, Manitoba Premier Gary Doer did the inevitable and called an election. It promises to be an interesting and, one would guess, potentially heated affair.
Apr 12, 2007 -
The Declining Minimum Wage
Manitoba’s minimum wage, like those of all Canadian provinces, is reviewed and adjusted on an arbitrary basis. It needs to be indexed to some measure of economic performance or wage rates, and should reflect a desire to help full-time minimum wage earners at least reach the poverty line.
Apr 10, 2007 -
You Can't Always Get What You Want
As expected, everyone wanted a piece of the Doer gang after the budget came down last Wednesday. “Not enough” was the mantra once again, whether you were looking for tax cuts, program spending, money for Lake Winnipeg and water clean-up, child care, etc, etc.
Apr 03, 2007 -
Doer Government Set to Release Budget
The Doer government is poised to release a Provincial Budget tomorrow. This being an election year, it will be interesting to see what the government priorities are – and where they’re headed as the campaign silly season begins.
Mar 30, 2007 -
McFadyen’s Record on Privatization is Clear
It was ten years ago this week that the former Progressive Conservative government of Gary Filmon announced that Manitoba Health had selected Olsten Health Services to deliver home care services to new clients in Winnipeg. In short, this was the first step in an effort to privatize home care. At the time, the arrangement was deemed, “the best model to use to deliver high quality patient care while curtailing escalation of costs.”