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    Thank you to all the amazing people of Burrows for the past four years. Loved meeting you and sharing your stories and working to help the community. Thank you to all the amazing volunteers who came out to help us. It was a machine that we couldn't beat.
    Apr 19, 2016 9:42 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Huge thank you to the many many people who have so kindly given of their time and money to help in this Campaign. You are all wonderful!
    Apr 19, 2016 2:20 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Apr 18, 2016 7:10 am | Manitoba, Burrows
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    This has been such an interesting campaign. We have knocked on doors in snow pants and snow boots, rain boots and umbrellas' and short sleeved shirts. It covered the spectrum. I want to thank all the people who spoke with me and my team at doors or on the phone. Your willingness to discuss policy and to hear another perspective makes me even prouder to have represented Burrows - I hope to continue to have the opportunity to help people whenever possible over the next four years and to work with all our community organizations, non-profits, schools, etc to make life better for all in Burrows. I so appreciate your support.
    Apr 18, 2016 7:08 am | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Proud of our record - and so much more we need to do to keep Manitoba moving forward in every area.
    Apr 18, 2016 6:49 am | Manitoba, Burrows
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    we have the best plan of all parties when it comes to reducing Ambulance Fees - will eliminate for low income and cap at $250 for others. Rural will no longer have the kilometre fee.
    Apr 17, 2016 5:55 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    This election is incredibly important. I know some people say "it doesn't matter who gets in - it's all the same." It really is not. The policies of each party are starkly different. We have laid out our platform in detail. The alternative is Brian Pallister who has refused to answer most questions about what he is going to do. He has repeatedly been deceptive about his holdings in Costa Rica, where he was during the flood, what he plans to do for education, health care, investment that keeps Manitoba moving forward. He has said clearly there are no sacred cows. He has spoken of two tiered health care. He has said he will privatize the child care system. He has spoken of possibly increasing tuition fees for our kids by two or three times what they are paying now. Who knows what he will do with our crown corporations? We have the lowest unemployment rate in Canada under the NDP government. We were the No. 1 job creator in 2015 under the NDP government. We weathered two massive floods and a recession that continues to create global fragility while keeping people working and while investing in education, health care, roads, flood mitigation etc. Rana Bokhari's Liberals have bizarre plans to privatize liquor marts and eliminate a tax for big corporations - these would result in a loss of 771 million dollars to health care and education. These things effect the families of everyone - but most of those who are working and middle class families. Don't let it happen. Do not split the vote with the liberals who cannot win. Vote NDP so our people continue to work and health care, education, child care, etc. are not decimated.
    Apr 17, 2016 5:51 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    We have the best plan to help post secondary students through school. The PC's are offering virtually nothing. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/analysis/student-issues-are-election-issues-375168121.html
    Apr 16, 2016 6:07 am | Manitoba, Burrows
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    12,000 more child care spaces over next 5 to 7 years. 1000 more PCH and hospice beds. Improvements to home care. More, not less, investment in infrastructure and flood mitigation so we ensure job creation continues. Manitoba was No.1 job creator in 2015 (70% of that private). Lowest unemployment rate in Canada. Student loans turned into student grants so money is not a barrier for our youth to get good educations and good jobs. Predicted by Conference Board of Canada to have 2nd best economy in 2016/17. Why would we want to change these things?
    Apr 15, 2016 7:43 am | Manitoba, Burrows
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    I post this because this man wants to be Premier. What this shows about Mr. Pallister is that he doesn't really care about the people of Manitoba, but he knows he should. Hence the dishonesty about where he was during the flood - combined with still being in Costa Rica rather than with the people suffering. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/special/provincial-election/pallisters-decision-to-mislead-people-about-time-spent-in-costa-rica-is-inexplicable-375787341.html
    Apr 15, 2016 7:38 am | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Day 29 on the campaign trail as the NDP MLA candidate for Burrows! The Exotic Sam Katz.
    Apr 14, 2016 7:24 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Looking forward to another day of chatting with the people of Burrows. So many people who are interested in hearing about our policies and our vision. We are the only party that has a clear vision for the future - and unlike Pallister we aren't afraid to tell people about it.
    Apr 14, 2016 7:19 am | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Apr 11, 2016 10:30 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Day 26 on the campaign trail as the NDP MLA candidate for Burrows! Not just change for the sake of change. Thinking about the change - for the better.
    Apr 11, 2016 8:18 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Lowest unemployment rate in the country. Best job growth rate in the country in 2015. Predicted to have the 2nd best economy in the country in 2016/17 - why would anyone want to change that? The cutting and slashing and lack of investment that will come with Brian Pallister will only lose us jobs and front line services, and further disintegration of our roads which we all know need more investment not less. Voting liberal splits the vote so NDP will have less chance to keep Pallister and his cuts out. We need your support to keep Manitoba growing. We have a vision that will keep us building and ensuring the quality of life for all Manitobans improves.
    Apr 11, 2016 6:38 am | Manitoba, Burrows
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    I was out on the doorsteps today and a man said to me something like, "Wow, that Pallister sure doesn't have any math ability. He is claiming that the 1% increase is the largest tax increase ever. Well that is ridiculous - the largest tax increase ever came from a Conservative - Duff Roblin - for Duff's ditch, and it was the right thing to do." Absolutely. Pallister knows he is not telling the truth. And the 1% increase was for a good purpose as well - to ensure we could keep Manitobans working, and we have. Our unemployment rate is the lowest in Canada.
    Apr 10, 2016 8:54 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Day 25 on the campaign trail as the NDP MLA candidate for Burrows! In stark contrast.
    Apr 10, 2016 5:54 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Brian Pallister continues to turn down debate after debate. Why would anyone vote for someone to be Leader who is clearly unwilling to share his plan out in the open?
    Apr 10, 2016 5:12 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Great turn out at today's group canvass for Melanie Wight- Candidate for Burrows and Mohinder Saran. Thank you to everyone who took part!
    Apr 09, 2016 4:00 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Apr 09, 2016 10:21 am | Manitoba, Burrows
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    What we are offering on our roads: What will Pallister be able to do with the massive cuts he is promising? Not much. http://todaysndp.ca/news/boosting-funding-for-local-roads
    Apr 09, 2016 8:04 am | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Our plan to help gender equity is an actual plan:
    Apr 09, 2016 8:01 am | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Day 23 on the campaign trail as the NDP MLA candidate for Burrows! A correction.
    Apr 08, 2016 7:57 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    I'm really proud that we have been able to keep Manitoba the most affordable place to live in the country. Today we announced we will do even more on that front by giving a tax break to working and middle class families and protecting the Seniors' School Tax Rebate. Rather than giving a massive corporate tax break to the richest corporations as the Bokhari's Liberals want to do - we will introduce a new income tax bracket for the wealthiest 2% of Manitobans. This change would mean almost $50 million in savings for 320,000 low and middle income families. For example, a family of four making $60,000 per year will get an extra $260 or 10% per year off their income tax. We also pledge to continue our support of the Seniors' School Tax Rebate which Pallister has said he will get rid of. The Bokhari Liberal's plan (like Pallister's) did not add up at all.
    Apr 08, 2016 7:49 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Good news today - I've been telling people that we have the second lowest unemployment rate in the country - but the Stats Canada report says - MANITOBA HAS THE LOWEST unemployment rate in the country. Why would we want to risk that? "Employment in Manitoba increased by 5,500 in March, and the unemployment rate held steady at 6.0% as more people participated in the labour market. This unemployment rate was the lowest among all the provinces..."
    Apr 08, 2016 6:39 am | Manitoba, Burrows
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    NDP will support 1,500 more apprenticeship students a year, helping more Manitobans get good jobs Today’s NDP will invest to help up to 1,500 more apprentices get apprenticeship training and good jobs, announced NDP Leader Greg Selinger. "These investments will help young Manitobans get the skills they need to get a head start on a good job after they graduate,” said Selinger. “Businesses tell us they need more skilled workers to meet the demands of our growing economy, and these strategic investments mean a brighter future for Manitoba’s young people. Brian Pallister’s cuts to infrastructure alone will be mean 20,000 fewer jobs compared to our strategic infrastructure plan.” This funding will cover course fees and living expenses for 1,500 new apprenticeship students per year, as part of Manitoba’s successful apprenticeship training model. Rural, resource and Northern communities and their workers and industries will benefit from this expansion, which will include training centres in the North and the Parklands. Manitoba’s NDP government recently brought in innovative legislation to certify new occupations and model their training and credentials based on the trades. This means people wanting to enter these industries, like Information and Communications Technology (ICT) or truck driving, will be able to access the same financial and co-op supports that Manitoba offers in other apprenticeship programs, Selinger added. Today’s NDP will also help more women and Indigenous Manitobans get the skills they need to go into highly-paid, in-demand jobs. Working with Red River College and Assiniboine Community College, new supports will be put in place to see more women journeypersons become instructors, with a target of 20 new instructors each year. By bringing more women into positions of leadership, more young women will have an opportunity to see themselves reflected in the trades.
    Apr 08, 2016 6:19 am | Manitoba, Burrows
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    7 Oaks School Division asked each party for their response to a number of questions. It would appear from what they sent me that only the NDP and Gary Marshall made the effort to respond. Nothing from the Liberals and the Conservatives...http://www.7oaks.org/Pages/Manitoba-Elections-2016.aspx
    Apr 08, 2016 6:07 am | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Day 21 on the campaign trail as the NDP MLA candidate for Burrows! No leader debate, OR...Where's Brian?
    Apr 06, 2016 7:41 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVuU1OxN5VE
    Apr 06, 2016 7:41 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    FOR FAMILIES: The NDP plan will help more families participate i in everyday school activities by c.pping school fees to $100 per year for regular programming, school supplies, instrument rentals and inter mural sports. Parent councils will also receive $1000 grants to help offset child minding costs and fund raising efforts. Also an additional $1 million to school divisions to offset the fee cap...so families of low income who may find the $100 annual fee unaffordable. LOVE THIS.
    Apr 06, 2016 7:34 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    I have heard that Pallister has refused to go into any leader debates. Does anyone know if that is true?
    Apr 06, 2016 7:25 am | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Apr 06, 2016 7:15 am | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Apr 05, 2016 8:04 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    I was reminded of the constituent today who due to Pallister's advertisements asked me how Pallister could own a $2 million dollar, seven car garage house on Wellington Crescent when he is a teacher. That is the dishonesty of Pallister - the last time the guy hit a classroom was 1979 - 35 years ago! He is an insurance mogul. These advertisements where he is claiming to understand what it is like to struggle - oh please...
    Apr 05, 2016 8:00 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    We were so busy battling the elements all day and night that we didn't get our little video done! It was a pretty amazing day. A huge thank you to all those who took the time out of their day to stand on a wet, cold, doorstep and talk policy with my team and myself. You are all amazing! On the North Side of Winnipeg - people care most about policy and how that policy makes their lives better (or in the case of bad policy - worse!).
    Apr 05, 2016 7:26 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Good article article originally in Winnipeg Free Press on March 12th. Worth a read. http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/policyfix/2016/03/critics-are-wrong-manitobas-economy-strong#.VwFj3najGYA.facebook
    Apr 05, 2016 6:39 am | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Proud of our announcement that we will make new investments to help up to 1,500 more apprentices get training and good jobs after the graduate. "This includes covering course fees and living expenses as part of Manitoba's successful apprenticeship training model. Rural and resource communities will also stand to benefit from new training centres in the North and the Parklands. And, it'll complement our innovative legislation to certify new occupations, ensuring students in these industries get the same financial and co-op supports as other apprenticeship programs." Keith Bellamy We want to ensure that we keep our economy growing in Manitoba. Pallister's cuts to infrastructure investment will loose Manitoba thousands of jobs. It is a clear choice. Let's keep building Manitoba.
    Apr 05, 2016 6:31 am | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Please share- Arthur is fantastic
    Apr 04, 2016 9:05 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    I have lived in what I call the "real North End" for the past 24 years. It is on Stella between Flora and Dufferin - across from the North Centennial Recreation Centre (which is an advance polling station by the way - 90 Sinclair). Before they moved the boundaries it was of course part of Burrows. Now it is one house out. I love our neighbourhood. The many interesting people at every door. I hope to remain and be able to keep meeting more and more of the folks that make up our area.
    Apr 04, 2016 7:58 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Day 19 on the campaign trail as the NDP MLA candidate for Burrows! It's what we do.
    Apr 04, 2016 7:47 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    I'm not sure I posted this but our new capital schools fund will include a first-of-its-kind, $10 Million Play Structures, Green Space and Outdoor learning fund to upgrade school playgrounds and fields, as well as build outdoor classrooms and greenhouses. I've chatted with many of our Principals and I know how much this is needed. Glad to be part of the team that will get this done.
    Apr 04, 2016 7:16 am | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Note From our the NDP: "Building universally accessible child care is a key priority for working families, and one of the most effective ways we can reduce poverty and grow the middle-class... Today, we expanded on our plan to eliminate the wait times for child care and create 12,000 new spaces with a new $25-million capital fund to build public and community-operated child care centres. The new child care capital fund will build facilities that can be leased by non-profit operators, helping keep rates affordable. That's in addition to our existing pledge to invest $25 million to build child care centres in schools and increase access for working families. Meanwhile, Brian Pallister stayed silent this weekend about his plan to cut half a billion dollars from the budget. His admission that "there are no sacred cows" has left many wondering about what is on the chopping block. You can bet that Pallister's cuts includes our investments to build universal child care in Manitoba. As a member of the previous Conservative Government in Manitoba he drastically reduced funding for child care and caused fees to increase by up to 75 per cent. And as an MP with the Harper government, he voted to cancel the national child care program..." Sometimes people say to me that they think all governments are the same. They are not. There is a stark contrast on most issues with both the Bokhari Liberals and the Pallister Conservatives. Choose the party that believes everyone matters and decides policy on that basis.
    Apr 03, 2016 6:08 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Lake Winnipeg Matters: We have pledged to put more money into research to help protect Lake Winnipeg. If re-elected in the April 19 provincial election, our party would increase research funding by $500,000, including more money for the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s research at the Experimental Lakes Area. This investment will build on state-of-the-art research to continue to make sure that Lake Winnipeg is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. Because everyone (and our environment) matters.
    Apr 03, 2016 6:01 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Did you know that: the arts and culture sector contributes $1.5 billion to the economy and employs more than 25,000 Manitobans. And people are starting to notice. National Geographic recently named Winnipeg one of the Best Trips of 2016 — the only Canadian city on the prestigious list, Today, we announced we'll invest $4 million in the arts & culture sector to bolster supports for artists and showcase our talent to the world. We'll work with the Manitoba Arts Council to make these strategic investments, and help build the industry and create even more good jobs.
    Apr 02, 2016 7:14 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Day 17 on the campaign trail as the NDP MLA candidate for Burrows! The Marvelous Maples Multiplex
    Apr 02, 2016 7:03 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Good news in the film industry and for job creation in Manitoba. http://todaysndp.ca/news/new-investments-support-good-jobs-manitobas-film-industry
    Apr 01, 2016 6:56 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Day 16 on the campaign trail as the NDP MLA candidate for Burrows! Serenade!
    Apr 01, 2016 6:46 pm | Manitoba, Burrows
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    For an overall vision of what we want to do to keep Manitoba moving forward in the next four or five years the Throne Speech is worth a read. http://www.gov.mb.ca/thronespeech/thronespeech_2015.html
    Apr 01, 2016 6:27 am | Manitoba, Burrows
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    Manitoba families enjoy a much stronger affordability advantage than families in Ontario (in fact we remain the most affordable place to live in the country!) Average monthly child care costs are almost double, average car insurance for an Ontario family is over $4,000 more per year, and Manitoba families pay approximately $700 less per year on electricity. What you may not know is we legislated the promise to keep it affordable through the Affordable Utility Rate Accountability Act. Check it out. https://web2.gov.mb.ca/bills/40-1/b018e.php
    Apr 01, 2016 6:25 am | Manitoba, Burrows

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