Manitoba: Unifor Says Tax Cuts Not the Answer in Premier Pallister’s Budget

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Unifor National President Jerry Dias Addressing Rally at Thunder Bay City Hall
Unifor National President Jerry Dias

WINNIPEG – POLITICS – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has brought down the province’s budget. The impact will be on workers according to Unifor.

“A token tax cut is not going to resolve the fact that Brian Pallister has weakened Manitoba’s ability to respond to the pandemic,” said Dias, referring to the government’s poor performance in distributing the vaccine compared to other provinces.

Unifor has been calling on the provincial government to help Manitoba’s workers with paid sick days, paid vaccination leave, and a greater emphasis on protecting front-line workers.

“After 14 months in a pandemic, there is no excuse for the government to keep stalling on paid sick leave,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director. “The pandemic has been a test for the Pallister government. It is failing.”

Tax cut gimmicks and a manufactured crisis in education will not protect Manitobans and build the economy, says Unifor.

“It is a dangerous move to reduce the government’s fiscal capacity when it has so much important and life-saving work to do,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Manitobans need strong public services and Crown corporations, not an experiment in conservative ideology.”