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Episode Ten: Emergency Planning and Public Health Emergencies in Manitoba

Greetings, Manitobans! Welcome back to our Manitoba Stronger Together video series. In Episode Ten, we're delving into Policy Statement #10: Emergency Planning and Public Health Emergencies in Manitoba.

In times of crisis, the strength of our province lies in how well we are prepared to handle emergencies.

Policy Statement #10 highlights our commitment to a well-coordinated emergency planning system that prioritizes the safety and well-being of Manitobans.

Join us in this episode as we examine the importance of effective emergency response strategies and the collaboration needed between various agencies to ensure the protection of our communities.

We'll discuss the measures required to manage public health crises responsibly while upholding individual rights and the rule of law.

Policy Statement #10 reflects our dedication to creating a resilient province where emergency planning and preparedness are a top priority. As we navigate through the challenges of our time, let's work together to ensure that Manitoba is ready to face any emergency head-on.

Stay tuned as we continue our journey through our Policy Statements, each aimed at strengthening Manitoba's future. Your engagement is vital, so be a part of the conversation that shapes the resilience and safety of our province.


Forging Our Path to a Stronger Manitoba Manitoba Stronger Together's Policy Platform for the 2023 Provincial Election


10. Emergency Planning and Public Health Emergencies in Manitoba At Manitoba Stronger Together we prioritize the safety and well-being of Manitobans during emergencies and public health crises.

Our policy advocates for empowering the Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) with the primary responsibility to handle all types of emergencies in Manitoba, including public health emergencies. By emphasizing the importance of locally-led emergency response we aim to ensure effective coordination, training, and decision-making during times of crisis.

Policy Objectives:

  1. Legislate Emergency Measures Organization To Lead: We will legislate that the Emergency Measures Organization is the lead agency in handling all emergencies in Manitoba. We recognize EMO's expertise in analyzing and setting objectives for various emergencies, they will ensure a well-coordinated and efficient response.

  2. Empower Emergency Measures Organization: EMO will take the lead in emergency response while Public Health will act as advisors during public health crises. Decision- making authority will reside with EMO as they ensure a comprehensive and integrated approach to emergency planning and response.

  3. Reinstate Targeted and Terminated Members: We will reinstate any members of the Emergency Measures Organization who were targeted and terminated due to Covid-19 policies. This reinstatement will bolster the organization's capabilities and ensure continuity of expertise, and empower the integrity of the organization.

  4. Strengthen Cooperation with Provinces and Federal Government: Our policy advocates for partnership with other provinces and the federal government in emergency planning and response. Collaborative efforts will enhance resource sharing and response capacity during large-scale emergencies.

  5. Training for Public Officials: All public officials, upon taking office, will undergo mandatory training in the responsibilities and hierarchy of emergency measures. This training will foster a comprehensive understanding of emergency planning and response protocols.

  6. Ground-Up Approach to Emergency Response: We will prioritize a ground-up approach to emergency response thereby ensuring that decisions are made at the provincial level to best address the unique needs of Manitobans. This approach will foster resilience and adaptability in the face of emergencies.

  7. Protecting Sovereignty and Citizen Safety: Manitoba will assert its sovereignty and maintain the safety of its citizens by not permitting outside or international agencies to dictate emergency responses. We will safeguard our autonomy in handling emergencies to protect the well-being of our residents.

  8. Objective Definition of an Emergency: Collaborating closely with the leadership of the Emergency Planning Organization (EMO), we are steadfast in our commitment to establish a clear and objective definition of what constitutes an emergency within the context of Manitoba. Our Policy Statement underscores the necessity of moving beyond subjective interpretations that can be susceptible to manipulation by political agendas or external influences. The events surrounding the pandemic have highlighted the urgency for a comprehensive and well-defined understanding of emergencies that accurately reflects the concerns of Manitobans. By fostering a transparent and inclusive process, we seek to ensure that emergency responses are grounded in the genuine needs of our province, guarding against undue influence and fostering a more effective and accountable approach to managing critical situations.


Our Manitoba Stronger Together policy on emergency planning focuses the responsibility for all emergency planning in the Emergency Planning Organization (EMO).

It is therefore in their scope to prioritize local expertise, train and assist political leaders to make decisions.

By empowering EMO and reinforcing training for public officials, we strengthen Manitoba's ability to respond effectively to all emergencies.

Our commitment to a ground-up approach and assertive sovereignty ensures that our citizens' safety remains paramount. By legislating these measures, we build a resilient and empowered province prepared to face any future challenges with confidence and determination.


In the spirit of fostering informed and engaged citizens, we're excited to announce that we'll be serving up our Policy Statements one at a time.

Our goal is simple: we want to provide you, the people of Manitoba, with the detailed information you need to consider these statements thoughtfully. Armed with these insights, you can then approach your elected representatives and candidates and ask them the crucial question:

Do you support these policy statements, and are you willing to stand with the thousands of Manitobans who are part of our growing movement?

As we unveil each section, we encourage you to delve in, reflect, and reach out to your candidates. Ask them where they stand on the issues that matter most to you, your family, and your community. The collective voice of Manitobans is powerful, and by engaging with your representatives, you're shaping the direction of our province.

But we can't do it alone. We need your help to spread the word far and wide. Share this blog post with your candidates, family, friends, and social media groups. Let's ignite the conversation, spark dialogue, and ensure that the voices of Manitobans are heard loud and clear.

So, as we dive into these Policy Statements, remember that you're not just reading about our vision for Manitoba – you're actively contributing to it. Let's hold our representatives accountable, engage in meaningful discussions, and work together for a brighter future. Thank you for being part of Manitoba Stronger Together!


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