NDP Nominate MLA Ian Bushie in Keewatinook

After historic work as the Critic for Indigenous Reconciliation, Bushie moves to new role as Infrastructure and Transportation Critic

Hollow Water First Nation, located on Treaty 5 Territory — Today NDP Leader Wab Kinew joined NDP members in Keewatinook to nominate MLA Ian Bushie
to run for re-election in the upcoming provincial election. Bushie previously served as the NDP Critic for Indigenous Reconciliation and has just taken on a new role as Deputy House Leader and Critic for Transportation and Infrastructure. “Families in Keewatinook and across the province are ready for a change. They want a government that fixes health care and brings people together,” said Bushie. “First under Brian Pallister and then Premier Stefanson, the PCs have ignored the needs of our communities and failed to do the work of reconciliation. While Manitobans from all walks of life came together to honour Orange Shirt Day, the Premier refused to make it a statutory holiday. And their health care cuts have hurt Northern communities. I’m honoured to continue my role representing this constituency and working with Wab and our team to be the change that Manitobans need in the upcoming election.” As the former critic for Indigenous Reconciliation Ian Bushie brought forward historic legislation to advance reconciliation in Manitoba. His private member’s resolution pushed the government to have a land acknowledgement in the Legislature. His bill to recognize traditional cultural names was a significant step forward in righting the wrongs of residential schools. And his Opposition Day Motion to ask Pope Francis to deliver his papal apology to residential school survivors brought both sides of the Legislature together in unanimous support. Bushie re introduced his to recognize Orange Shirt Day as a statutory holiday for a second time after it was been voted down by the Premier and her entire Caucus. “Ian’s commitment to working hard for families in Keewatinook and across the province is unwavering,” said NDP Leader Wab Kinew. “He’s accomplished so much since he was elected – advancing reconciliation and fighting back against the PCs Northern health care cuts. As our new critic for Infrastructure and Transportation, he’ll hold the PCs accountable for their failures to get projects done and he’ll fight for good jobs and safe roads for families across Manitoba.”