Another role reversal at the Manitoba Legislature on Tuesday with the opposition NDP laying into the new Progressive Conservative Government during the first question period of the 41st Legislative Assembly.
Interim New Democrats Leader, Flor Marcelino kicked things off by questioning Monday’s Speech from the Throne for not being diverse and one that ‘leaves so many people out’.
But Premier Brian Pallister didn’t quite see it that way.
“This government is the most diverse perhaps in the history of this country,” said Pallister over a few chuckles from the opposition.
“The fact of the matter is that we have stood for diverse positions, supported diverse positions and continue to,”
When asked if the government planned on privatizing Manitoba Hydro, Premier Pallister responded with a simple ‘no’, but was not as assertive when it came to MPI and health care.
“What we do not propose to do is politicize Manitoba Hydro or MPI or other crown corporations,” said Pallister.
“We propose to have them operate more effectively to provide services to Manitobans.”
The NDP also tried to take a shot at the PCs for not engaging the public on their upcoming budget due May 31.
However, Finance Minister Cameron Friesen said public consultations were done – during the election campaign.
“The form of the public consultation that we have undertaken has largely been through a general election where we as members have gone out,” Friesen said to a round of applause.
Meanwhile, a province-wide audit designed to cut $50 million in government spending will not include front line health care services.
Pallister said it will be addressed in a separate review.
Health care makes up just over 40 per cent of Manitoba government spending.