Manitoba

Population:

1,377,517 (1)

Current majority government:

Progressive Conservative majority government
Premier: Brian Pallister
Legislative Assembly: 57 seats total
PC: 36
NDP: 18
LIB: 3

Environmental stance of majority party:

One of their guiding principles is environmental leadership through responsible management of resources, conservation and commitment to present and future generations (6). Brian Pallister wants to make Manitoba Canada’s greenest and most climate-resilient province (7).

Percentage of 2020/2021 budget estimated to be allocated to the environment:

Climate and conservation: $212,000,000
Total: $17,957,000,000
Percentage: 1.18% (8)

Main provincial-level legislation for environment protection:

-The Climate Change and Emission Reductions Act (2007): Address climate change, encourage and help Manitobans reduce emissions, set targets for reducing emissions and promote sustainable economic development (9)
-Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan (2017): Includes climate action in the transport sector including retrofits such as fuel-saving devices, as well as the use of a carbon savings account to meet a GHG reduction goal for 2018-2022 (10)
-The Sustainable Watersheds Act (2017): established to keep track of water quality, provide incentives to farmers who adopt practices that restore wetlands and retain water, and increase penalties for illegal drainage (11)
-The Climate and Green Plan Act (2018): Programs and policies to reduce GHG emissions and address the effects of climate change, promote sustainable development, improve management and protection of Manitoba’s water resources, and preserve the province’s natural habitat (12)

Specific government-based environmental programs:

-Aquatic Invasive Species Program: goal of slowing and/or preventing the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species in Manitoba (13)

Next election date:

October 3, 2023 (14)

Extra information:

Find the Manitoba Sustainable Development annual report for 2017-2018 here: https://gov.mb.ca/sd/pubs/annual-reports/annual_report_2017_18.pdf (11)

What makes this province different?

Manitoba is the first jurisdiction in North America to establish an economy-wide carbon savings account (15)

  Quick facts:  

The government of Manitoba has been fighting the federally-imposed carbon tax since it was put in place, and has introduced their own carbon tax that will be in effect as of July 2020 (16)

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Who We Are

Shake Up The Establishment is a youth-led, registered (#1190975-4) national non-partisan non-profit organization that operates within the geographical confines of what is currently known as "Canada", but what is referred to by its First Peoples, as Turtle Island. Indigenous peoples have inhabited Turtle Island for over 10,000 years, and were the sole inhabitants less than 500 years ago. We acknowledge that our address resides on Treaty 3 land, and is the traditional territory of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas Peoples. Turtle Island is still home to many Indigenous peoples and we at SUTE are thankful to be able to live, learn and work on this territory, whilst continuing to create meaningful change for the climate justice movement. We are aware that our actions as an organization and the work we put out have an impact on our land, and on all that inhabit it. We are humbled to be able to follow the lead of centuries long Indigenous-led efforts towards the protection and stewardship of this land and the people that inhabit it. We are committed to continually evaluating & decolonizing our practices, and we do our best to incorporate the lived experiences of the land defenders and protectors within our work. We also want to honour the voices of Black, and non-Black people of colour within our work, and continually recognize their resiliency in the face of years of systemic oppression as imposed by the Canadian state.

 

Our enterprise is inclusive of all folx who call the geographical confines of what is currently known as Canada, home, and we celebrate the horizontal learning that comes from our diverse identities. As an organization, we will try our utmost best to ensure that only individuals with lived experiences are speaking on behalf of their communities, while still recognizing that Black, Indigenous and communities of colour as well as the LGBTQ2S+ community, are not a monolith. We firmly believe in accountability, and commit to being as transparent as possible in our activism space; to research our topics well, support and centre community care, and minimize any harm, no matter the intent. We have strict policies and procedures to uphold these tenets, and update these on a yearly (or as-needed) basis.

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