Poll Shows Plunging Support For NDP, PC Gains

Infographic: Poll Shows Plunging Support For NDP

Winnipeg, MB, Canada / 680 CJOB – Winnipeg’s News & Information Leader
CJOB Team Coverage
February 07, 2014 05:00 am

Premier Greg Selinger and Manitoba’s New Democrats are 25 points behind the Opposition Progressive Conservatives in a new public opinion poll conducted by Insightrix Research for 680 CJOB News and Global News.

With the Manitoba NDP holding their annual convention today, 800 Manitobans were asked who they would vote for if a provincial election were held today.

Forty-nine per cent say they would vote for Brian Pallister’s Conservatives while 24 per cent say they would continue to support Selinger’s New Democrats.

According to the survey, the Conservatives rate much higher with Manitobans residing outside of Winnipeg. Sixty per cent of people living beyond the city limits say they would vote for Pallister compared with 40 per cent of Winnipeggers. The Conservatives are also supported more strongly by men than women. Fifty-four per cent of men surveyed say they would vote for Pallister compared with 44 per cent of women.

The Insightrix poll was conducted by telephone between January 16th to February 3rd and is accurate plus or minus 3.82 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

CJOB – Social Workers Failed Phoenix: Final Inquiry Report

Social Workers Failed Phoenix: Final Inquiry Report

Winnipeg, MB, Canada
680 CJOB Team Coverage
January 31, 2014 11:05 am

The vast majority of the social workers involved in the life of 5-year-old Phoenix Sinclair failed her miserably, according to the Commission Inquiry Report released today.

For that, the provincial government is offering an apology to those with connections to Sinclair but it is not placing specific blame on any of the social workers.

Manitoba Minister of Family Services – Kerri Irvin-Ross – says the point of the inquiry was not to place blame and so she won’t say if individual workers will be disciplined as a result of the report.

The little girl was beaten to death by her mother’s boyfriend, Wesley Mckay in 2005. Had the social workers and their supervisors done their job properly, Phoenix would have never been in the care of anyone associated with McKay, a man with a long violent history.

She bounced in and out of foster care until her death on the Fisher River First Nation in 2005. Her mother, Samantha Kematch, and McKay, were found guilty of first-degree murder.

Commissioner Ted Hughes’ 902-page report contains 62 recommendations on how to improve Manitoba’s child welfare system.

Over the course of the inquiry, Commissioner Ted Hughes heard testimony from 126 witnesses over 91 days.

The first phase of the inquiry looked at the circumstances surrounding Phoenix’s death. The second phase examined the changes made to the child welfare system since her death and what problems still exist.

The third phase took a much broader scope, looking at the factors that bring families into contact with the child welfare system.

There are about 9,000 Manitoba children in foster care, 8,000 are aboriginal.