Manitoba NDP introduce their shadow cabinet | Winnipeg Sun

Manitoba’s NDP leader said his new shadow cabinet will lobby to preserve health-care services without causing much delay to the provincial budget process.

“Our job, as a newly strengthened opposition, will be to try and prevent further damage to health care,” said leader Wab Kinew, just after 18 NDP MLAs were sworn in on Friday.

Kinew is leading a diverse political team following the Sept. 10 election, which includes six women, five Indigenous people, two people who identify as queer and nine people of colour.

He said the larger seat count, which rose from 14 following the 2016 election, will help ensure a stronger voice to hold the Progressive Conservative government accountable.

Kinew said he expects the provincial budget, which was not passed prior to the election, will be finalized during a sitting that starts on Monday and will run until Oct. 11.

He said that budget process will allow the NDP to seek details on exactly how the government saved $215 million on last year’s health-care budget, which he argues could reflect service cuts.

The Progressive Conservative government has said the reduced spending actually reflects an accounting change and savings from health-care efficiencies. The Tories said actual spending was still $103 million higher than the previous year.

Kinew also named each role for his shadow cabinet on Friday, which will offer a separate critic portfolio for each of health and mental health/addictions.

Kinew said a separate critic was named for mental health and addictions because that issue requires immediate attention.

“We all know that meth and other addictions issues are a huge priority in Manitoba right now,” he said.

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NDP MLAs will take on the following roles in the Opposition shadow cabinet:

-Wab Kinew (leader): executive council critic; intergovernmental affairs and international relations critic.

-Nahanni Fontaine: Opposition house leader; justice critic; spokesperson for missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two spirit people; spokesperson for veterans affairs.

-Matt Wiebe: Opposition whip; municipal relations critic; infrastructure critic.

-Bernadette Smith: Opposition caucus chair; mental health and addictions critic.

-Danielle Adams: Childcare, housing, disability and poverty matters critic.

-Nello Altomare: Education critic.

-Uzoma Asagwara: Health critic.

-Diljeet Brar: Sport, culture and heritage critic; agriculture critic.

-Ian Bushie: Indigenous affairs critic.

-Amanda Lathlin: Opposition deputy whip; families critic.

-Tom Lindsey: Opposition deputy caucus chair; labour and northern affairs critic.

-Jim Maloway: Consumer protection critic.

-Malaya Marcelino: Immigration and the status of women critic.

-Jamie Moses: Growth, enterprise and trade critic; spokesperson on affordability issues.

-Lisa Naylor: Environment and climate change critic.

-Adrien Sala: Manitoba Hydro critic; Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries critic; Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority critic; Francophone Services critic.

-Mintu Sandhu: Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation critic.

-Mark Wasyliw: Opposition deputy house leader; finance critic.

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