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.
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.
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.
These are not the best of times to be a political leader in Canada. It’s not a recession but it kind of feels like it, and it’s hard to see a brighter future right now.
Five months ago, Manitoba went to the polls and gave the job of premier to Brian Pallister and his Progressive Conservatives. It was mainly because the NDP had worn out their welcome after 17 years. We now know that Greg Selinger and company also made a lot of very expensive mistakes when it came to Hydro, which is supposed to be Manitoba’s ace in the hole.