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Rob Altemeyer, MLA Wolseley
April 13, 2017

Impact of Budget 2017

My constituents are incredibly concerned and worried about the impacts of the budget that was introduced just earlier this week. In all honesty, in all my years down here, Madam Speaker, I have not seen this level of response to a government budget in all that time.

The closure of the Misericordia Urgent Care Centre just does not make sense to people. We have to remember that Misericordia used to be a full‑fledged hospital. It was downgraded by the previous Conservative government to an urgent-care centre in the 1990s, and now our community is losing the urgent-care centre as well.

This is happening because this government is taking action in the inner city, which is the polar opposite of what they're recommending in other parts.

In the suburbs there are communities there losing their ERs, their emergency rooms; they're being converted into urgent-care centres. But in the inner city, the urgent-care centre is being closed when the next nearest health facility is just down Sherbrook Street; it's the Health Sciences emergency room. No one can understand how this is fair, no one can understand how this is going to improve wait times in our emergency rooms, and this government needs to be providing better information to my constituents and all Manitobans.

Another serious shortfall in this budget is its very unfair treatment of post-secondary institutions and the students, staff and faculty who work there. For students to not only have the tuition cap removed by this government, but to now lose the post-graduate tax rebate is putting enormous stress on a vulnerable segment of our society who are just getting started in our careers.

And it would not be a Wolseley member statement if I did not mention the environment. This is the second year in a row where this government has promised action on climate change in their Throne Speech and has not even mentioned a word in their budget document.

This government needs to be doing a much better job, and I'm proud to bring the voices of my constituents to the Chamber here today.

Thank you.