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A question on the government's inaction with respect to the strike at the University of Manitoba

 On Wednesday November 24th, with the strike causing chaos at the University of Manitoba, I asked why the government was not doing more to ensure professors can return to work at the University of Manitoba. My question and the response from the Minister of Education are below. 

Uni­ver­sity of Manitoba Labour Dispute
Impact on Students and Staffing

Hon. Jon Gerrard (River Heights): Madam Speaker, for 22 days, a strike has been causing chaos at the Uni­ver­sity of Manitoba. Major researchers and teachers are so upset with the chaos, uncertainty and lack of support from this gov­ern­ment that some are con­sid­ering going elsewhere.

      Recruitment has been extremely difficult because of the uncertainty and the lack of support for the uni­ver­sity and its star teachers and researchers by this gov­ern­ment. Students are caught in the middle of the chaos created by this gov­ern­ment. The Premier has had 22 days in office as Premier to provide the leadership and to end the chaos. She has not.

      Why has the Premier failed to act to show support for exceptional teachers and researchers and for the students at the Uni­ver­sity of Manitoba?

Hon. Wayne Ewasko (Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration): Madam Speaker, I understand that the member never lets facts get in the way of his rhetoric.

      Will he and his party stand up today and confirm that both sides should be listening to the mediator, end the strike imme­diately and resolve their differences through binding arbitration?


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