PC Release: Second Missing Community Centre with Audio


September 3, 2013

For Immediate Release


Second Missing Community Centre

Promises of a community centre on Fox Lake First Nation go unfulfilled: Schuler

 A second community centre on a northern first nation has received funding, but has never been built.  Just like at TCN, Fox Lake was promised a community centre by Manitoba Hydro.  Through the May 28th, 2009 Keeyask Adverse Effects Agreement, $3 million dollars was set aside for a community centre.  On top of this Hydro was to pay for programming and maintenance costs into the future).

“The people of Fox Lake have a right to know where their community centre is and why the minister responsible for Hydro has no interest in why it was never built.  Just like the Keeyask Centre on TCN this has been paid for but never built.  They weren’t promised a lump sum, they were promised community centres,“ said Hydro Critic Ron Schuler.

A $3 million payment from Hydro to Fox Lake was sent (according to the agreement) March 31st, 2010 to start construction on the Fox Lake Community Gathering Place.

As of August 26th, 2013 – Architect Jerald Peters of ft3 Architecture, Landscape & Interior Design, responsible for the upcoming Fox Lake Gathering Place stated: “We are nearly completed working drawings for the project, however, the project was cancelled over a year ago… and we have not worked on it since.”

In an August 23rd, 2013 phone conversation with the Fox Lake Negotiation Office in Gillam, they stated of the gathering place: “No, it hasn’t started yet.”

We ask the NDP, how many other things has it promised to build and failed to deliver?




Following the Money:

·         Fox Lake Gathering Place – $3 million

·         One-time programming payments – $855,000

·         Long-term programming – $6.3 million

·         Total programming – $7,155,000

·         Total Monies – $10,155,000


One-time payment of $3 million – March 31st, 2010

Fox Lake Community Gathering Place – land, construction, servicing, finishing, fixtures & furnishings.


One-time payment of $240,000 – March 31st, 2010

$1.5 million over 15 years starting March 31st, 2011

Youth Wilderness Traditions Program – for youth to experience a traditional lifestyle with seasonal activities


$200,000 over 10 years starting March 31st, 2011

Cree Language Program – Creates opportunities for adults to learn how to speak Cree and improve their language skills.


One-time payment of $315,000 – March 31st, 2009

$900,000 over 10 years starting March 31st 2010

Gravesite Restoration Program – to restore community grave sites.


One-time payment of $100,000 – March 31st, 2010

Alternative Justice Program – an alternative method of resolving situations involving the justice system and band residents.


One-time payment of $200,000 – March 31st, 2012

$1 million over 10 years, starting March 31, 2012

Crisis Centre & Wellness Counseling Program- Wellness counseling program and the establishment of a crisis shelter.


$2.7 million over 9 years, starting on March 31st, 2009

Lateral Violence & Where Do We Go From Here Program – Workshops to address behaviors and allow them to participate in the Keeyask Project. Ensuring maximum participation and opportunities associated with the Keeyask Project.

Cameron Friesen Speaks About Sinclair Inquiry

Audio provided by PC Manitoba

Friesen speaks about a secret report that shows four members of the public spoke to staff about Sinclair.  The report was not presented at the Sinclair inquiry.

PC Release: All Talk No Action


September 5, 2013

For Immediate Release


All Talk No Action

Recommendations in 2004 explained what needed to be done to improve ERs, but the NDP hasn’t done it: Friesen


In 2004, the Emergency Care Task Force was created to correct emergency department problems in Winnipeg ERs following a number of long ER waits that in some cases resulted in death.  The Emergency Care Task Force recommended adding a nurse reassessment role in each emergency department.  That nurse would act as an advocate to ensure patients waiting to be seen were waiting safely and reassessed regularly.

“The NDP claims changes were made, but had those changes been in place when Brian Sinclair sought help they likely would have saved his life.  This is a government that talks a good game, but isn’t delivering on its promises to Manitobans,” said Health Critic Cameron Friesen.

What is even more disturbing is that, five years after Brian Sinclair’s death and almost a decade after the Emergency Care Task Force recommendations were released too many promises of ER improvement remain unfulfilled.

Earlier this year, Bonnie Guagliardo died because no one checked on her during six hours while she waited with a visible head injury.  Where was her reassessment nurse?  She was convinced medical experts would have seen her after all that time if they thought it was serious, so she left the ER and subsequently died.

If the NDP had lived up to its commitments we would have reassessment nurses in all ERs all the time, but clearly a decade later that is not the case.  This government is all talk and no action, and this inconsistent approach puts lives at risk. Manitobans deserve better.

PC Release: PCs Listening on Amalgamation


September 5, 2013

For Immediate Release


PCs Listening on Amalgamation

Bill 33 is a mess cannot succeed because the NDP doesn’t listen: Pedersen


The Progressive Conservative Party has been listening to the concerns of municipal leaders.  The NDP has never lent them an ear and now they have decided to force some municipalities to amalgamate.  They did this after failing to consult and dropping legislation on municipal leaders on the eve of their annual meeting.

“If the NDP had spent any time at all listening to municipal leaders just one of the many concerns for them revolves around seasonal residents.  These are Manitobans that don’t live in a municipality full-time, but have a vested interest in that municipality,” said Local Government Critic Blaine Pedersen. “These seasonal residents should be counted the same as all other residents,” added Pedersen.

Further to that, municipalities should be judged on their vibrancy.  Municipalities should be treated with respect as they continue to balance their budgets each and every year, and should be allowed to determine their own future.

The NDP needs to pull this bill, stop the bullying, and start again.  This time the minister should start the process by consulting with municipalities.

NDP Release: Nancy Allan Welcomes Students

September 4, 2013

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Smaller Class Sizes, Improved Curriculum, More Classrooms to Benefit Families This Year:  Allan

Thousands of Manitoba students making their way back to school will see improvements in their classrooms to give them more of the supports they need this year, Education Minister Nancy Allan said today while visiting a Grade 1 class at Grosvenor School in Winnipeg.

“For every parent, there’s perhaps nothing more important than ensuring their children can get a good education and the attention they need,” said Allan.  “That’s why we’ve said no to short-sighted cuts that some governments have made and instead we’re building for the future with investments in the classroom and the priorities of families.”

Allan said the 2013-14 school year will be a very exciting and busy one as government moves forward with a number of major initiatives that will further improve the province’s schools and increase student achievement.  Students will be welcomed back to new science labs and renovated facilities, and students in Winkler will attend a new school which will be holding a grand opening on Oct. 24.

During the past year, the provincial government took on a number of initiatives to strengthen education in Manitoba.  Some of these included:
implementing smaller class sizes for students in kindergarten to Grade 3;
building new schools in Manitoba’s growing communities;
constructing additions and renovating classrooms to better suit smaller classes;
adding new gyms and renovating and building new science labs;
revising the kindergarten to Grade 8 math curriculum to ensure students are getting the basic skills they need to do arithmetic and solve problems;
implementing a new assessment policy to ensure more rigorous standards in schools;
providing a new plain language provincial report card, now implemented provincewide; and
taking measures to stop bullying in schools through proposed new legislation.

Since 1999, the Manitoba government has invested more than $845 million in public school capital projects including 18 new schools and 13 replacement schools, and has completed extensive renovations and additions to dozens of existing schools, the minister said.

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