Unifor encourages Manitobans to ‘Downgrade the PCs’

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“The words ‘downgrade the PCs’ on a blue background and multiple down-pointing arrows.”

WINNIPEG—Voters can turn the tables on the PC government that downgraded hospital emergency rooms by electing a new government on October 3, says Unifor.

“The PCs’ abysmal record on healthcare and other vital services shows they’re not worthy of re-election,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “They downgraded vital emergency rooms, now voters can downgrade the PCs.”

Unifor activists across Manitoba are reaching out to fellow members to discuss the Brian Pallister-Heather Stefanson government’s record of healthcare privatization and growing poverty. In 2017, the PCs downgraded three emergency rooms at Victoria, Seven Oaks and Concordia hospitals.

“Heather Stefanson cannot be trusted to protect what matters,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director. “Manitobans deserve better and can elect a government that works for them on October 3.”

Under the Manitoba PCs, the province has fallen to last place in Canada for child poverty at 20.7%, seven percentage points above the national average (13.5%). The proportion of multiple job holders—a key measure of the prevalence of precarious work—was 7.3% in Manitoba in July 2023, the highest Canada.  

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Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

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