A former NDP MLA and cabinet minister is back in the provincial political scene.
Ron Kostyshyn will run again for the Manitoba NDP in the 2023 provincial election in the Dauphin riding after earning the nomination this past weekend.
“I’ve spent decades serving this community, first as a reeve and then as an MLA, because I want to make life better for families in the Parkland,” Kostyshyn said. “Over the last few years, I’ve seen how PC cuts have damaged our health care system and how their changes to Crown land leases have hurt cattle ranchers. I’m ready to fight on behalf of my community, alongside Wab Kinew, to fix health care and make life more affordable for Dauphin families.”
Kostyshyn was first elected as MLA of Swan River in 2011 and served as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives and Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation.
Prior to and following his time with the provincial government, Kostyshyn served as the Reeve of the RM of Mossey River in the constituency of Dauphin. He finished his term prior to the most recent municipal elections.
Kostyshyn was born and raised in rural Manitoba, and his family has operated a cattle ranch for decades. He has sat on the board of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities, the Manitoba Conservation Commission and various other local organizations.
“Ron brings years of experience and expertise to our team,” said NDP leader Wab Kinew. “He’s committed to serving the people of Dauphin and Manitoba and he’s excited about what the next NDP government can do for families.”
As the fourth session of the 42nd Legislature came to a close, Manitoba’s official opposition focused its efforts on fixing health care and helping families in the cost-of-living crisis.
“Manitobans want to see their government fix health care and make life more affordable. This session, with a provincial election around the corner, we put forward ideas to fix the damage done to health care and help families feeling the pressure of rising prices,” Kinew said. “Working families need a government that understands the challenge they face and is ready to help them, but the PCs are only focused on helping their wealthy friends.”
In Question Period, New Democrats raised record emergency room waits and hallway medicine at hospitals across Manitoba. The NDP urged the PC government to address chronic nursing and doctor shortages and to eliminate burdensome red tape that prevents Manitoba nurses from working in the province. They flagged the impacts of PC health care cuts on families, including cutting home care supports, abandoning the foot care clinic in Thompson and blocking addictions organizations from testing street drugs.
Kinew said in this session the Stefanson PCs resurrected Pallister-era Bill 36, which would raise Hydro rates and eliminate public oversight of Manitoba Hydro, after the first bill was stalled by the NDP. Kinew announced an early campaign commitment to freeze Hydro rates so that families can catch a break, while Premier Stefanson voted for a five per cent rate hike. Kinew urged the PCs to stop raising milk prices, to use MPI reserves to lower autopac rates, and his caucus brought forward legislation to end unfair rent increases.
As part of their commitment to community safety, the Manitoba NDP announced a plan to end chronic homelessness by following a Houston, Texas model to match unsheltered people with available housing.