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Manitoba Politician Denied Quick Order Striking Down Floor-Crossing Law

Manitoba Politician Denied Quick Order Striking Down Floor-Crossing Law

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Steven Fletcher
Conservative MP Steven Fletcher speaks with the media as he leaves caucus on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on March 26, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

WINNIPEG – A Manitoba law that forbids provincial politicians from switching parties by crossing the legislature floor is still alive after a judge rejected a request for a fast-track ruling that the law is unconstitutional.

The Progressive Conservative government has already said it plans to repeal the law — believed to be the only one of its kind in Canada — in the near future.

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Manitoba Politician Wants Option of Joining Another Party by Next Week

Manitoba Politician Wants Option of Joining Another Party by Next Week

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Steven Fletcher
Conservative MP Steven Fletcher holds a press conference on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa Thursday March 27, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand)

WINNIPEG – The lawyer for an Independent Manitoba politician is hoping a judge will agree Monday to immediately strike down a ban on floor-crossing so that his client, Steven Fletcher, will have the ability to join another party later in the week.

“The legislature is back in session on Wednesday, the fourth of October, and Mr. Fletcher wants to be in a position to explore all of his options,” lawyer Bill Gange said Friday.

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NDP Raffle Off Chance to Live Like Premier Brian Pallister in Costa Rica

NDP Raffle Off Chance to Live Like Premier Brian Pallister in Costa Rica

By The Canadian Press

Brian Pallister
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks to the Economic Club of Canada, in Toronto in a January 13, 2017, file photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba New Democrats are poking fun at Conservative Premier Brian Pallister’s much-publicized vacation home in Costa Rica by raffling off a vacation to the country as part of a party fundraiser.

On their website, the NDP say the $4,500, one-week trip for two to an all-inclusive resort in Tamarindo is “close by Brian Pallister’s private villa.”

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Manitoba Tories Say NDP Getting Political at Polling Station

Manitoba Tories Say NDP Getting Political at Polling Station

By The Canadian Press

Bernadette Smith
The Tories allege Point Douglas NDP candidate Bernadette Smith has posted photos on Twitter of voters in front of a polling station. (NDP)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives are accusing the Opposition New Democrats of breaking election rules that ban political activities at polling stations.

The Tories have filed a complaint with the returning office in Point Douglas — a Winnipeg seat where advance polls are underway for a byelection on Tuesday.

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Backbench Manitoba MLA Steven Fletcher to Introduce Bill That Would Chop Seats

Backbench Manitoba MLA Steven Fletcher to Introduce Bill That Would Chop Seats

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Steven Fletcher
Conservative MP Steven Fletcher speaks with the media as he leaves caucus on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on March 26, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

WINNIPEG – A backbencher in Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government says there are too many politicians in the legislature, and is hoping to chop eight of the province’s 57 seats.

Steven Fletcher, a former federal cabinet minister who has already shown a willingness to be at odds with his own governing party, is planning to introduce a private member’s bill Monday that he says would reduce the size of government and save the public a lot of money.

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Steven Fletcher Criticizes His Own Government’s Bill in Manitoba

Steven Fletcher Criticizes His Own Government’s Bill in Manitoba

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Steven Fletcher
Conservative MP Steven Fletcher speaks with the media as he leaves caucus on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on March 26, 2014. Fletcher, a former federal cabinet minister who is now a government backbencher in Manitoba, may be in hot water after criticizing his own government’s bill. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

WINNIPEG – Former federal cabinet minister Steven Fletcher, now a Progressive Conservative backbencher in Manitoba, may be in hot water after criticizing his own government’s bill.

Fletcher has been speaking out against a proposed law that would create a new Crown agency to promote energy efficiency, and has tied up two legislature committee meetings in recent weeks by asking questions for hours, late into the night.

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Manitoba Budget Cuts Tax Credit for Students, Holds Line on Spending

Manitoba Budget Cuts Tax Credit for Students, Holds Line on Spending

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Cameron Friesen
Manitoba Finance Minister Cameron Friesen speaks to media as Janice MacKinnon, Co-chair of the Advisory Panel on Fiscal Performance, listens in at a press conference before the provincial budget is read at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Post-secondary graduates are taking a financial hit in a relatively stand-pat budget tabled by the Manitoba government Tuesday that holds the line on spending and makes a modest dent in the deficit.

The budget forecasts an overall deficit of $840 million this fiscal year — $32 million less than last year.

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If the Shoe Fits: Friesen Forgoes Tradition with Donation to Shoebox Project

If the Shoe Fits: Friesen Forgoes Tradition with Donation to Shoebox Project

The Shoebox Project for SheltersWINNIPEG — Instead of slipping on a pair of spiffy new kicks for budget day, Manitoba Finance Minister Cameron Friesen opted for something less traditional.

Flanked by fellow MLAs at the Manitoba legislature on Tuesday, Friesen announced a donation to the Manitoba chapter of The Shoebox Project for Shelters.

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Premier Pallister Still Popular Despite Approval Dip

Premier Pallister Still Popular Despite Approval Dip

Brian Pallister
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks to the media questions after a speech at the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto on Friday, January 13, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

WINNIPEG — Premier Brian Pallister is enjoying an approval rating of 45 percent, despite slipping five points in three months.

The new numbers come from an Angus Reid poll released on Friday that shows nearly half of Manitobans approve of the job he’s doing.

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Manitoba’s Tory Caucus Takes Wage Freeze

Manitoba’s Tory Caucus Takes Wage Freeze

Manitoba Legislative Building
The Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Saturday, August 30, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — Wages are frozen for Progressive Conservative MLAs for the duration of their current term.

Premier Brian Pallister announced Wednesday all salary increases will be halted until the next election.

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