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On November 21st, my colleagues and I gathered in the House as we marked the beginning of a new legislative session with a Speech from the Throne. The NDP government made a lot of promises that our PC Team will have to hold them accountable on as the Official Opposition, as well as ensuring they follow through on matters affecting affordability and Dawson Trail.

For instance, the NDP mentioned that they will be reconsidering the funding model for the nine schools that our PC government committed to have built in areas with growing populations. The original funding model chosen to fulfill these projects was a P3 system, a private-public funding model that would allow the schools to be built quickly and to be open by September 2027. Ste. Anne is one of the communities set to receive one of these schools, which would also include a daycare facility. It’s important that these emerging communities receive these schools within a timely manner so that they can continue to facilitate their growing populations. By choosing to rethink the funding model for these schools, the NDP government is delaying construction, which greatly impacts the affected areas’ ability to accommodate the growth of their communities.

Something that was missing from the NDP government’s Throne Speech, on the other hand, was their stance on the carbon tax and what they plan to do about relieving Manitobans of this tax. They claim to be committed to making life more affordable for Manitobans, yet they continue to go back and forth on this issue and have no active plans to address it with the federal government as winter fast approaches.

In other news, the holiday season has officially begun, and with that comes many exciting activities and events. I recently participated in the Anola Parade of Lights, and I will be participating in the Taché Parade of Lights this Saturday in Lorette. Both of these events are lots of fun for the whole family and are just a great way to kick off the holiday season.

There are also many craft sales and markets happening this time of year. I encourage you all to check them out and support local small businesses by purchasing a gift for your loved ones, or yourself.

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner! Where did the time go? I hope that you all have had a wonderful year full of so many great opportunities and experiences. I wish everyone a safe and joyful holiday season, full of lots of delicious food, rest, and time spent with loved ones. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact my constituency office.

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