Pallister's cuts

Mr. Pallister sold off MTS in the 1990s after promising not to. Despite his best efforts, Pallister tries to keep his agenda hidden, because he knows Manitobans don’t support privatization.

Who knows what else Pallister has planned? For a man who’s claiming he's not going to privatize anything, he sure does have a long history of wanting to.

Cutting health care

As a senior cabinet minister in Gary Filmon’s government, Brian Pallister helped to make deep, disastrous cuts that hurt health care badly. Along with ballooning wait lists and overcrowded ERs, those cuts cost Manitoba 1,000 nurses. He also launched a secret scheme to privatize home care services – only when his plan was exposed did he decide to back away.

Now, Brian Pallister wants to make $550 million in cuts that would slash the health services that families like yours rely on.

He’d have to lay off 700 nurses to find that money, which would lead to longer wait times, closed ERs and wards, and less funding for rural hospitals and clinics.

Pallister wouldn’t stop there. He’s calling for American-style, two-tier health care, saying it’s “a system we need”. This American-style system lets the rich cut to the front and leaves the rest of us behind. (CJOB, May 28, 2013).

Privatizing child care

Pallister slashed child care funding the last time he was in government. He eliminated funding for the Manitoba Child Care Association, cut millions from child care centres, and doubled child care fees (Manitoba Budget, 1993).

Of Pallister and his PCs in the 90's, one day care director said: “They’ve crippled child care. Manitoba as the leader in child care died today” (Winnipeg Sun, March 16, 1993).

While Pallister was a cabinet minister, Manitoba was the only province to refuse a national child care plan (Winnipeg Free Press, February 17, 1996).

As an MP, in 2005 Pallister helped cancel the national child care program. That cost Manitoba $176 million that could have been used to create new spaces and build daycares.

Now he wants to privatize our day care system by slashing funding for spaces and spending public dollars to increase profits at private, for-profit, corporate daycares (Winnipeg Free Press, June 5, 2015).

Pallister’s plans would more than double the fees parents pay, from just over $400 a month in the public system to over a $1000 a month in a private, for-profit system (CBC, May 22, 2012).

Cutting schools

As one of Gary Filmon’s senior cabinet ministers, Brian Pallister helped to slash the education budget – resulting in 700 teacher layoffs. Communities in dire need of new or expanded schools had to wait.

Now, Pallister’s across-the-board cuts would hit education deeply enough to require laying off 200 teachers. That would mean larger class sizes and less individual attention for every student. All of this at a time when quality education has never been more important.

It took years to undo the damage Brian Pallister’s PCs did the last time they were in government. Yet he wants to try the same failed policies all over again.

Source: Standing Committee on Social and Economic Development, June 3, 2010

Cutting our future

Brian Pallister’s deep cuts would bring Manitoba to a standstill, from Hydro development – to flood protection – to investment in roads, bridges, school and hospitals.

Pallister’s plans for Hydro would increase rates for Manitobans and put the public utility at risk of privatization (Winnipeg Free Press, December 15, 2012). He has refused to support selling hydroelectricity for export – even though it keeps rates low for Manitobans – and is musing about cancelling development projects worth billions of dollars. Recklessly, his plan would put thousands of good jobs at risk (Winnipeg Free Press, September 16, 2015).

Last time Pallister was in cabinet he cut Manitoba’s highway budget by $480 million. He still opposes critical investments in infrastructure, and is demanding cuts to funding for Winnipeg streets and rural roads. He’s even calling for the cancellation of new schools, medical facilities and local water protections.

Pallister has a troubling record of endorsing privatization and cuts to public services. It’s what he believes in – he’s done it before.