The Manitoba NDP claims that since the Progressive Conservatives came into power in 2016, they have underspent on health care by over $600 million.
At a press conference in Windsor Park, Health Minister Audrey Gordon’s constituency, NDP health critic Uzoma Asagwara said the Tories are on track to leave $1 billion in funding for health care on the table.
Two overseas consulting firms were given untendered contracts valued at nearly $1 million each to support the provincial government’s mission to recruit 300 health-care workers from the Philippines, four of whom have arrived in Manitoba.
The approximately 10-day trip to Manila, Cebu and Iloilo taken by government and health officials in late February, meantime, cost taxpayers more than $460,000, with the total expense to settle the internationally-trained nurses and health-care aides still being tallied.
“This news of this critical funding loss, and the resulting potential closure of our MOPS program, is a significant blow to life-saving harm reduction work in the city,” said Levi Foy, executive director of Sunshine House.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights says it fully supports calls to search for the remains of Indigenous women believed to be the victims of an alleged Winnipeg serial killer.
"In this situation, the human rights implications are clear," Isha Khan, CEO of the Winnipeg-based museum, wrote in an Aug. 9 letter addressed to Grand Chief Cathy Merrick of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.
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