Selinger Would Make Utilities More Affordable

Greg Selinger (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Lower utility bills for Manitobans was on the mind of Premier Greg Selinger Wednesday during a morning announcement.

If re-elected, the NDP government would ensure Manitoba families pay the lowest combined bills in the country for electricity, home heating, and auto insurance.

“Manitoba is one of the most affordable places to live, work and raise a family, and we’re going to build on that,” Selinger said.

Manitoba’s Crown corporations would establish special rate stabilization reserve funds. Comparison costs to other provinces would be produced annually by an independent accounting firm.

UPDATE: Selinger also announced he would cap university tuition to stop fee increases at the rate of inflation and expand eligibility for Student Aid to make education more affordable.

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Also on the campaign trail today, Liberal leader Jon Gerrard announced a $1.2 million annual investment to reduce wait times for people to get into addictions treatment facilities, such as the Behavioral Foundation in St. Norbert. Gerrard said reducing the wait times would cut down on crime.