Manitoba votes on September 10th in its 39th Provincial election to fill the 57 seats of the Legislature. But despite a fixed election date law, Premier Brian Pallister has chosen to go to the polls over a year earlier than necessary. Why you may ask? Some opinions lean towards the Conservative brand gameplan of solidifying enough Provincial governments to enable the possible amendment of the Canadian Constitution with a Federal Conservative win this October. Some opinions point to the building protests and resistance against his austerity measures requiring a new mandate to continue with any seeming legitimacy.
There is no question about the turmoil the Pallister government has caused in three years. Healthcare has seen strikes and consolidation as facilities close and wait times grow. Education has seen ideological interference linked to funding. Environmental policy has disappeared with little regard. Social programs have been slashed, addiction grows and adequate housing and services disappear as privatization spreads. Indigenous policy has hit a low point as issues continue to grow. Nothing has been immune as the "Premier of Costa Rica" plays the role of "Father Knows Best". Is there a viable alternative?
James Wilt is a freelance journalist and graduate student based in Winnipeg and can be found on twitter at @james_m_wilt. He has written for The Narwhal, VICE Canada, The Globe & Mail, Briarpatch and National Observer. Currently working on a book about public transportation for Between The Lines Books, James joins The View Up Here to analyze and discuss the Manitoba election based on his comprehensive piece in Canadian Dimension titled "The Devastation Of Manitoba: An Autopsy Of Pallister's Austerity Regime" available here https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/the-devastation-of-manitoba