Taking a page out of the Putin playbook, the Manitoba NDP government is
frantically rewriting history to justify its racially-oriented takeover of the
long-running women's shelter Osborne House.
Through a series of strategic leaks to reporters at the Winnipeg Free
Press, the NDP has created a false narrative akin to Putin's explanation of how
Russia had to --- just had to --- seize Crimea from Ukraine because of all the
injustices the evil Ukrainians were imposing on Russians who lived there.
NDP deputy premier Eric Robinson's racist slurs against white
Manitobans, which preceeded the takeover of Osborne House, have been carefully
whitewashed to turn them into an 'unfortunate choice of words', rather than a
deliberate racial bias.
"Robinson later apologized," writes the Free
Press, ignoring the fact he was forced by the Premier to issue a lawyered
statement after telling APTN he meant exactly what he said and he would never
government, which has supported and applauded Robinson's racist
comments, tried to hide their existence in an official email each time a
FIPPA request might reveal them - except the first attempt was
One of the participants in the discussion that led to Robinson's email was government
insider Marlene Bertrand, who was then appointed Commissar in charge of Osborne
House because the government had to -- just had to -- seize control of the
One of the alleged reasons, if you believe the leaks to the Free Press,
was a mythological deficit being run by Osborne House. Not counting the
$160-some thousand dollar surplus in the agency's bank account. But, why
quibble over facts, right Bruce Owen?
The rewriting of history has continued with the assistance of the
Winnipeg Free Press to the present day when the NDP secret they were
dissolving Osborne House instead of returning control to its board of
directors blew up on social media before the convention. The official excuse is the board's refusal to accept
The WFP fails to report that the NDP's definition of co-management is
like Soviet Russia's idea of co-management of Hungary and Czechoslovakia.
co-management "agreement", presented as a fait accompli to the Osborne House
"The Manitoba co-manager, in its sole and absolute discretion, may
withhold or provide its agreement and the decision of the Manitoba co-manager
shall be final and binding upon the Agency."
In short, the government would run the agency and the board would do
what the government said- in every case. Some co-management.
Osborne House staffers have been keeping notes of the management style
of Marlene Bertrand and her cohorts.
The details seen by The Black Rod are
"There is not enough food." wrote one staffer.
Apparently the government decided the clients of Osborne House were
eating too much. So they scrubbed the agency's weekly food order from
Before accepting the donation, Osborne House got assurance from Harvest
that they were not taking food away from deserving families. The food to Osborne
House was being given on the same basis as food provided to other social
agencies, they were told. So each week they collected 200 pounds of food.
The government management scrapped that--- taking five tons of food annually
away from Osborne House.
Then they decided that the children at Osborne House were drinking too
You read that right.
So the government decided that instead of
keeping milk in the refrigerator where mothers with thirsty kids could help
themselves, they would infantalize the mothers, and make them ask a staff member
if they could please have some milk for their children.
And that was before they all but cancelled Christmas.
board of directors had been too generous, Marlene Bertrand said. Too many
Christmas decorations; nothing on the walls, went the order.
decided that the children of Osborne House were being spoiled with too many
presents. One gift only per child. AND NO SANTA.
"Marlene told staff that Barb's generosity would make the women feel
insecure when they were no longer in shelter and didn't have money for gifts."
wrote a staffer.
Staff described their jobs as "walking on eggshells":
* Breaches of
* Management bullying,
* Punitive disciplinary decisions,
were among the onerous working conditions that the government says was
perfect under their control.
But staff members are "afraid to go to the Union" because they
believe their CUPE rep will sooner support the government than fight for the members.
Welcome to the Brave New World of NDP women's