Manitoba NDP will Build Centre for Justice in Dauphin

Treaty 2 and Dakota Territory, Homeland of the Red River Métis, Dauphin MB - Today Manitoba NDP Leader Wab Kinew stood with workers, families, the Manitoba Métis Federation, and Grand Chief Jerry Daniels to announce that a Manitoba NDP government will build a new Centre of Justice in Dauphin to replace the Correctional Centre closed by the Pallister-Stefanson PCs that left eighty people without work. 

“The Correctional Centre was a major employer in Dauphin and its closure devastated this community. Brian Pallister and Heather Stefanson shut it down without warning or a plan to help the corrections workers find jobs,” said NDP Leader Wab Kinew. “It meant families who had built their entire lives in Dauphin were forced to pack up and leave in search of work, while others lost their jobs entirely. A Manitoba NDP government will restore good jobs and make life safer in Dauphin.” 

In 2020, the Pallister-Stefanson government shut down the jail, forcing 80 workers out of good jobs and moving inmates further away from their communities. The community fought back against the closure, but Brian Pallister and Heather Stefanson refused to listen. The PC MLA for the community said at a local townhall that he was “okay” with the decision.  

The Manitoba NDP will listen to Dauphin families and Indigenous leaders and open a Centre for Justice in the community. This new Centre will promote public safety, keep communities safe, and bring back family-supporting jobs to Dauphin.  

“When the PCs closed the Correctional Centre, they turned their backs on Dauphin and the future of this community. Their MLA didn’t even try to fight back. Dauphin deserves better than that,” said NDP candidate for Dauphin, Ron Kostyshyn. “The Manitoba NDP will build a Centre for Justice that brings good jobs back to our community.”