Author(s): Jesse Hajer, Lynne Fernandez
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This report provides context and presents Manitoba-specific policy alternatives to austerity that could form part of an advocacy agenda.

Section 1 sets the stage by reviewing the economic and political context in the lead up to the COVID-19 crisis, highlighting how the last five years in Manitoba have been marked by government-imposed austerity, and how that approach weakened Manitoba’s preparedness for the current crisis and future recovery.

Section 2 reviews the public health response by the Manitoba government to the COVID-19 pandemic and briefly recaps expert and stakeholder assessments of the response.

Section 3 presents the short term economic data for Manitoba released to date since the onset of the crisis, along with projections of recovery, highlighting the magnitude of the crisis.

Section 4 summarizes the response of the Province of Manitoba to date and how it compares to the response in other jurisdictions.

Section 5 reviews national and international calls by economists and public policy experts for an extraordinary and comprehensive socio-economic policy response to deal with the persisting economic devastation of the COVID-19 crisis, and puts forward a set of policy alternatives both for the immediate circumstances as well as the longer term economic recovery.

Section 6 makes the case for the importance of including broader civil society organizations in discussions on how to rebuild and finance the costs associated with the recession.

Grant: Community-Driven Solutions to Poverty: Challenges and Possibilities - 2020-2027
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