Stefanson used question period to talk about her son’s hockey game when asked about the death of an Indigenous woman
Krystal Mousseau was an Indigenous woman who died in 2021 while being transported out of the Brandon ICU to another province. In light of her death, NDP leader Wab Kinew highlighted new information about the company contracted by the Manitoba government to transport patients.
“Does the premier agree that a team transporting ICU patients should have the necessary training and equipment to do so safely?” Asked Wab Kinew
Instead of directly answering the initial question of the official leader of the opposition, Premier Stefanson chose to use her time in question period to congratulate her son and his high school hockey team for winning their hockey championship game. It is not uncommon for MLAs to use question period to talk about personal issues, it’s the timing that was appalling.
Stefanson is a seasoned politician and understands the limited time allotted to each member within the question period. Her poor decision to use it for personal shout-outs left no time to respond to Kinew’s initial question. And on her supplement follow-up to Kinew’s first question, more questions about her time as Health Care Minister arose.
Stefanson’s administration is again receiving heavy backlash from Manitobans for her handling of issues regarding health care and the Indigenous community. It is a difficult ask of the community to accept her statement of heartfelt sympathy towards the Mousseau family when her initial actions say otherwise.
Stefanson could have acknowledged her son’s victory on social media or had a member within the party raise the issue in question period, but she did neither.
The Premier’s perceived lack of empathy towards the death of Mousseau leaves Manitoban doubtful of her understanding of what reconciliation means with her government and Manitoba’s Indigenous community.