The Pallister Government’s reaction to COVID-19 has grass-roots movements like Communities Not Cuts MB reinvigorating their anti-austerity efforts in Winnipeg.

Austerity can be described as the economic conditions created by the government taking measures to reduce a budget deficit, especially by reducing public expenditure.

Joe Wasylycia-Leis partnered with various community groups and unions to form CNC in 2016. The coalition was focused on addressing provincial issues. Efforts by the group faded away after a year.

“When COVID-19 hit, and it became clear Pallister was taking the opposite approach of how to navigate a recession, we sensed an appetite in the community to organise again,” Wasylycia-Leis said.