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The mandate of the Political Advocacy (PA) Committee as stated in the Policy Handbook is as follows:

  1. Develop and recommend actions to accomplish goals and objectives established by the Board.
  2. Monitor political issues and advise the President and/or the Board on emerging issues relevant to RTAM.
  3. Plan and organize political advocacy, if so directed by the Board.


Committee Chair & Member/s


John Sushelnitsky
Portage la Prairie
  • Guy Hansen
  • Vicki Hooke
  • JoAnne Hoyak
  • Julian Hoyak
  • Dennis Kozak
March 2021 Highlights

At its meeting on March 4, the Political Advocacy Committee reviewed the two motions which were passed by the Board. The commendation  letter from our President to the CEO of the Indigenous Clean Energy Network, congratulating them on their achievement in developing clean energy  programs across Canada, received a very positive response from that organization. The second commendation letter, accompanied by a financial contribution to their education programs, was sent to Rossbrook House on the occasion of its 45th anniversary. Both letters are in line with the RTAM Strategic Plan to improve relations with the Manitoba community.

The Committee heard a presentation on the government’s new financing plans for the 162 Manitoba nursery schools raising the daily fee from $5.00 to $10.00 per session and adding a means test. The presenter is a volunteer parent administrator. The Committee looked at a series of emerging issues but made no recommendations at this time. There was an update on the presentation by the Hon. Murray Sinclair to be made March 18th at  the Board meeting from 10:30 to 11:15. He will address the issue of progress in the “94 calls to action” in the Truth and Reconciliation Report and how RTAM might help move it forward.

The PA committee continues to look at the ongoing issues of COLA, TRAF Board representation and the K-12 Education Review.

Committee Report to the 2020 RTAM AGM

RTAM – Political Advocacy 2019-20

The Year in review

Members of the PA Committee for 2019-20 were Linda Blair (Winnipeg), Ralph Cibula (Gladstone), Guy Hansen (Winnipeg), JoAnne & Julian Hoyak (MacGregor), Ken Malcolm (Dauphin) and John Sushelnitsky (Portage la Prairie). John chaired the Committee.

At the Committee’s first meeting on June 13, 2019 there were 15 items on the agenda for the year’s work:

  1. Provincial and federal elections
  2. ACER-CART articles
  3. Meet and Greet 2020
  4. Economic Disparities globally and nationally
  5. Gender inequality in pay and promotion
  6. K-12 Education Review
  7. Manitoba Seniors Coalition 
  8. Canadian Coalition for Retirement Security
  9. Indigenous Bursary 2020
  10. Nigaan Sinclair’s views on indigenous progress
  11. John Wiens’ views on the Education Review
  12. Government and Opposition press releases
  13. School division amalgamation
  14. October 1st- the United Nations Day of the Older Person
  15. Observance of the November 11thRemembrance Day

The Committee split up the research work for these topics and reported back to the whole Committee and to the Board, offering action motions when appropriate. The Covid-19 virus forced the postponement of the Meet and Greet with the Members of the Legislature. On the plus side, the Committee had very meaningful meetings with Professor and journalist Nigaan Sinclair and Dr. John r. Wiens. The meetings were reported in KIT.

Respectfully submitted by

John Sushelnitsky

Committee Chair