As many Manitobans know, it is currently election time in Manitoba. My friends and I have been attending various public debates. However, I must confess, I am very confused at the moment. I cannot find Brian Pallister anywhere at these public debates.
Either Pallister has a really bad sense of direction and is easily lost…or I am blind and in dire need of a new pair of prescription glasses.
He was set to make a PRIVATE announcement regarding child welfare at a location CLOSED to the public yesterday afternoon. As most folks are aware, the majority of youth in care in Manitoba are Indigenous. As our group, some of whom were Indigenous youth, arrived to listen to their policies and ask Pallister some questions, he suddenly decided that he was feeling too tired. Instead, he quickly went into hiding. He was there, HIDING, in the VAN!
Later yesterday evening, there was a Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties debate located at Eckhardt-Grammate Hall, University of Winnipeg. There was no Brian Pallister in attendance there either.
Two no-shows on the same day…
A friend of mine, a teacher, went to attend an event put on by the Manitoba Teachers Society. Pallister did not show up, even though he said initially that he would be there. He changed his mind.
Anyone find Pallister yet? Still looking…
Last week, I had a PC candidate for our riding knock on our door and give me a pamphlet. I was told how the PCs,with a great leader such as Pallister, would move Manitoba forward–a Better Plan, a Better Manitoba, Real Change.
I told this PC candidate to wait a moment, took the PC pamphlet that I was given, grabbed a nearby garbage can, and then proceeded to shred it into several pieces.
As I did so, my message was, and still is, simply this:
A Better Plan? A Better Manitoba? Real Change? Actions speak far louder than words.
I cannot respect a leader who refuses to engage with people on policies that affect them. Any time Pallister sees a group of concerned citizens coming to ask him questions, he runs away. IF his views and his ideology have truly evolved, why is he so afraid of respectful, open dialogue with Manitobans? What is HE trying to HIDE?
A premier-in-waiting should be setting a good example.
Where is the openness and transparency?
Where is the accountability to Manitobans?
Where is Brian Pallister?