Tuesday July 16, I attended a workshop "Making Space for Change: The Story of Manitoba's Rent Assist Benefit" The program highlighted the positive benefits of the rent assist program. The dramatic cuts by the Pallister government to the amount of support to many families were also shown (graph below). In the example shown, the Pallister Conservatives cut $190.30 per month from the rent assist contribution for a two parent family with 3 children whose income was at the market basket measure of poverty. This is a cut of $2283.60 per year for such families under the Pallister Conservatives.
Manitoba implemented physical distancing measures in mid-March. South Dakota has still not made physical distancing mandatory. The result is a dramatic difference in the incidence of covid-19 viral infections between the two jurisdictions. This graph shows the number of people with Covid-19 infections from March 27 to April 14. Manitoba ( red line ) started leveling off about April 4 and has seen only a small increase in Covid-19 infections since then. South Dakota ( blue line ) has seen a dramatic increase in Covid-19 infections since April 4. Those who are skeptical of the impact of physical distancing in Manitoba should look at this graph! Data are from the Johns Hopkins daily tabulations