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United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg President 100% Behind Wab's Plan

Thursday, August 24, 2023 - The writ hasn't been dropped for the next provincial election, but political parties are on the announcement trail.

Today, the Manitoba NDP leader, Wab Kinew, made another pre-election promise to spend more money in a specific area of Winnipeg with the support of another United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg.

The NDP committed to funding 40 new firefighters in Winnipeg and to help with the operating costs of a fire station in Waverley West, which the City of Winnipeg has not built.

Tom Bilous, President of the United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg, who supported Mayoralty candidate Glen Murray and other City Council candidates in the 2022 municipal election, said, "Wab Kinew's commitment today is very welcome and will make a big difference for people in Waverley. I'm 100% behind his plan."

The NDP candidate for Waverley, David Pankratz, a member of the United Firefighters Union, said, "As a firefighter myself, I know how important it is to have properly staffed fire trucks in every neighbourhood. With Wab Kinew and the Manitoba NDP team, I will ensure Waverley families have access to the emergency services they need – we will get the job done."

The NDP candidate said the PC Government has done nothing for Waverly West. However, the PC Government recently provided millions in funding to construct a new community centre and indoor pool in that community.

The NDP provided no strategy for covering the additional funds required to hire 40 new firefighters. Despite the millions of dollars in election promises, the NDP has not offered a plan to cover all the new spending.


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