View From the Legislature

Provincial Initiatives Moving Forward

  • Kelvin Goertzen, Author
  • Member of the Legislative Assembly, Steinbach

A number of things in politics seem to be unsettled these days. From a federal election, which finished this week, to the provincial P.C. leadership race, it seems that there are many uncertainties. But even in these times there are also many important initiatives and legislative matters that are moving forward and that may not get the attention that they deserve.

Last week I advised Manitobans that the Manitoba Legislature would resume sitting for a short period beginning October 6th to complete a number of matters related to the 2021-2022 provincial budget. As Premier, I look forward to returning to the Legislative Assembly, answering questions from the opposition members, and ensuring that the final budget votes occur to bring certainty to the programs and people that rely upon the funds that come from the provincial budget. These are important democratic and legislative functions that continue during this time.

Also this past week, I was able to participate in a number of functions and announcements. One that was a personal highlight was investing the 2019 Winnipeg Blue Bombers into the province’s Order of the Buffalo Hunt, one of the highest honours that can be given in our province. This award was announced after the team won the 2019 Grey Cup but was delayed by the COVID19 pandemic. It was an honour to finally invest the team and to officially congratulate them on this achievement.

Also last week, I helped announce $6 million in funding to provide support for young people with Type 1 diabetes. While much of the attention as it relates to health has been focused on the pandemic, there are many other health challenges that are faced by Manitobans. The new funding will help support those under 25 with Type 1 diabetes pay for advanced glucose monitors and insulin pumps.

In addition this past week, together with the Manitoba 150 committee, it was officially announced that the seven signature museums in Manitoba, including the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach, would each receive nearly $24,000 as part of the Manitoba 150 legacy funding. While the Manitoba 150 celebrations were delayed and changed as a result of the pandemic, funding and activities have continued throughout the past two years to celebrate this important provincial anniversary.

Locally, I was honoured to participate in the home opener for the Steinbach Pistons by dropping the puck at center ice as part of the pre-game ceremonies on Saturday. It was great to see the Pistons back on the ice playing in front of their fans. And while it is still sometime away, there is growing anticipation for the new event centre that the Pistons will call home in the future.

While it may seem that there are many things unsettled in politics these days, the work of government and our democracy continues. There is much reason to be optimistic even in challenging times.