Thursday, 19 July 2012

Brian Pallister: Regressive Conservative

Brian Pallister in the House of Commons.

Image Source:
Retrieved from the CBC,
who obtained it from Fred Chartrand/CanadianPress. 
Manitoba faces great challenges in terms of deep aboriginal poverty in rural (and urban) communities, environmental sustainability, and accessible childcare. Today's NDP has been less than stellar in theres areas. Advocates of social and economic justice, however, should also be concerned about sole PC leadership candidate Brian Pallister given his track record in the House of Commons.
The Civil Marriage Act, introduced as Bill C-38 in the 38th Canadian Parliament, recognized marriage equality by giving equal rights to gays and lesbians seeking marriage. In was a groundbreaking moment for Canada as we march into the 21st century committed, as a nation, to equal rights for gays and lesbians.  

Brian Pallister voted against this Act - during both readings. 

After intensive meetings between government officials and stakeholders, including many aboriginal organizations, about how to deal with the socioeconomic crises and third world poverty affecting First Nations communities, the Kelowna Accord was hammered out.

Funding for public services and economic development of rural aboriginal communities is crucially important to Manitoba, a province where 15.5% of the population is aboriginal. The protracted tragedy of Lake St. Martin First Nation serves as a strong reminder of the gaps in public services for aboriginal communities.

Brian Pallister voted against an act to implement the Kelowna Accord - during both readings.

Child-care is another major issue in this province and in many other provinces. The Early Learning and Childcare Act sought to remedy this by providing strings-attached funding to the provinces for childcare investment.

Brian Pallister voted against it - during both readings.

Manitoba has recently scored remarkably poorly in terms of environmental sustainability on a Corporate Knights scorecard, ranking third last (and receiving a C+ grade). Only Saskatchewan and Alberta scored worse.

The scorecard emphasized that Manitoba produces a mere $40K in GDP for every tonne of waste disposed. The presence of large, resource extraction industries obviously contributes to Manitoba's problems, but poor provincial leadership has failed to check address this problem. A Pallister PC Party, however, wouldn't be any better and could very well be much worse given his stance on implementing the Kyoto Protocol, a key global commitment to environmental sustainability.

Brian Pallister voted against the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act during third reading, abstaining from the second reading.

Brian Pallister's votes in the House of Commons - chart constructed by the Analyst from various sources
in this post.
All in all, it looks like Pallister will be leading a highly regressive Conservative Party when he likely secures the nomination. Manitobans who stand for social and economic justice should be very concerned.


  1. LOL, Pallister is not the one. Conservatives in Manitoba are a very weak bunch. Can't stand up weal leaders, Can't find the guts to run themselves. Will chose another weak leader with no concepts or visions. Same ole tired bunch of rednecks.

    1. His voting record and - at least - initial statements regarding the Filmon 90s seem to indicate otherwise.