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Amanda Lathlin MLA Report

Tansi and Happy New Year everyone! I hope despite the recent challenges, you have all had restful holidays surrounded by some of your loved ones.

 

I want to thank the many folks in The Pas-Kameesak who have done their part to make our communities safer by getting vaccinated and getting their booster shots as well!

 

With the recent rise of COVID cases due to the Omicron variant, it is more important than ever for everyone to do our part to protect our own health and the lives of everyone we come in contact with.

 

I also want to share with you about my friend and NDP colleague, Danielle Adams, the MLA for Thompson. As you may have heard, on December 9th, Danielle Adams passed away in a car accident on her way to Winnipeg. Danielle worked tirelessly for her constituents to have equal access to quality health care and education in Manitoba’s northern communities.

 

She was a caring partner and mother of two boys, and she wore her heart on her sleeve. Danielle wasn’t afraid to think big, and she worked with her colleagues to imagine and plan for an accessible childcare system that worked for many thousands of Manitobans that have been left behind. I will truly miss her voice in the chamber and our NDP Caucus team will carry on with her work for Manitobans. She is deeply missed by her colleagues, community, friends, and family.

 

While the next legislative session is a couple months away, my NDP colleagues are busy preparing legislation that will help improve the lives of all Manitobans. During the last legislative session, I was proud to introduce Bill 231, The Employment Standards Code Amendment Act, that would extend paid leave to those who have experienced miscarriage or stillbirth.

 

This legislation, if passed, would allow an employee to take three days' paid leave if their pregnancy or the pregnancy of their spouse or common-law partner ends in miscarriage or stillbirth. Right now, in our province, parents have to cut into their sick leave, lose part of their paycheck, or risk their jobs just to take time off to heal after experiencing a miscarriage or stillbirth.

 

This forces many parents to have to choose between properly grieving their loss or putting food on the table, which is an impossible choice for many and can lead to longer term trauma if parents aren’t given enough time to grieve. I questioned the Minister of Finance about this matter this fall, and I intend to keep fighting for parents and families in the upcoming spring legislative session in March.

 

Once again, I want to wish you a Happy New Year. Please contact my office anytime at Amanda.Lathlin@yourmanitoba.ca  or 1-204-623-2034 if you have any questions or concerns about current issues you are facing. Kinanaskomitin.

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