Bokhari Guarantee’s Indigenous Manitobans Seats In The Legislature
The Manitoba Liberals are promising to hold seats in the legislature for indigenous people if they form government.
Leader Rana Bokhari says indigenous people would get 10 per cent, or roughly six, of the legislature’s 57 seats.
She says they will have extensive consultations to see how the seats would be elected.
“Everything across the board. It will be academics, it will be stake holders, it will be indigenous leaders, it will be people from the community and it will be town halls. This is something that’s quite historical and I think we will have to make this decision of what it looks like with all Manitobans.”
Pallister Will Launch Literacy Program
The Progressive Conservatives will implement a “Read to Succeed” Program, if you elect them.
Their goal is to improve reading and learning amongst elementary school students, so children graduating Grade 3 are able to read at or above national levels.
In a release, Leader Brian Pallister says our parents instilled in us the value of a quality education as the key stepping stone in making a better life for ourselves.
The Read to Succeed program will include:
- A focused ELA (English Language Arts) curriculum with identified and specific learning literacy objectives.
- More purposeful reading and writing in every subject.
- Collaborative reading assessment teams to assist students whose reading proficiency is low or not improving to determine actionable improvement strategies.
- Province-wide reading labs with trained educators and effective resources.
- Enhanced mentorship programs linking middle years students with early years students to help improve their literacy skills.
Pallister puts the cost of the program at about seven-million dollars.
NDP Will Create Jobs In Northern Manitoba
The NDP made a few promises on Thursday.
If elected, they promise to boost incentives for mineral exploration to create jobs up north and improve highways in northern Manitoba.
The party will increase the Mineral Exploration Assistance Program to 50 per cent from 40 per cent, support the Manitoba Geological Survey’s work with mineral exploration companies, work with industry on improving mining investment and processing tax credits as part of reducing barriers to processing imported material in Manitoba, and make sure companies open up more exploration on undeveloped leases.
In a release, Leader Greg Selinger says the NDP is committed to a sustainable mining industry that creates good jobs and skilled training opportunities for families in the North.
The party is also committing major work to Highway 10 and Highway 39, as part of their $10-billion core infrastructure plan. They will also renew 130 km of Highway 39 and invest $26 million to complete important work on single-access roads linking Snow Lake, Lynn Lake and Nelson House.
Create 1000 More Personal Care Beds
The NDP also promised on Thursday they will create 1000 new personal care home beds, including over 100 PCH beds in St. James that will specialize in helping patients with dementia, over 100 PCH beds at the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg, over 75 PCH beds with Riverside Lions in St. Vital, and more beds for rural communities.
They party is also pledging to improve home care with extended respite hours.
Voters go to the polls April 19th.