We are one month away from the start of spring session. One major issue that our caucus will be addressing is the PC Government's reorganization of Manitoba Health.
Manitoba Liberals obtained a document entitled, “Future State for Manitoba Health, Seniors & Active Living” dated November 14, 2018. The plan to dismantle entire branches of Manitoba Health are laid out in the document.
The plan’s future structure for Manitoba Health has 4 divisions and 19 branches, none of which are specific “program branches” dedicated to specialized health care delivery.
Instead, program branches, including Mental Health and Addictions (MHA), will be scrapped and responsibility for “acute care, primary care, mental health, continuing care, public health” will be shifted to the newly created “Shared Health Services” - which isn’t even up and running.
The PCs seem to be actively undermining their own agenda on Mental Health and Addictions. Aside from turning down hundreds of millions in mental health care from the federal government, the PCs will have no one to actually implement their much-touted Virgo Report.
DELTA 9 CANNABIS
On Wednesday I took a field trip to Manitoba’s Delta 9 Cannabis.
Chief Executive Officer, John Arbuthnot gave us a tour of the amazing facility that takes in manufacturing pods for growing cannabis, as well as packaging and distribution.
PS. No, they do not have free samples.
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE VISIT
I had a great meeting with Portage la Prairie’s Mayor Irvine Ferris. He shared his concerns about the province’s decision to cancel the Municipal Bridge and Road Program. The cancellation was a huge hit to the city's budget. Council was forced to pay for road work out of reserve funds.
We also discussed recent cuts to addictions services (AFM) in Portage. Mayor Ferris expressed concern over prevention and early intervention services being reduced in the high school curriculum. Next week, I'll be heading to Flin Flon and The Pas. I'm excited to check out the annual Trappers' Festival in The Pas.
2019 LEADERS SERIES
Join me for breakfast Thursday, March 21!
I'll be speaking at the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce 2019 Leaders Series Breakfast.
I'll be sharing my vision and ideas for growing Manitoba’s economy.
The St. Boniface constituency office is a host site for the CRA Community Volunteer Income Tax Program.
We’re looking for volunteers to assist with simple tax returns for low income people. No experience is required; online training will be provided.
We’re looking for commitments of weekly shifts (daytime or evening) for the months of March and April.
Please contact Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like to sign up.
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