By The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government is eyeing more job cuts in the public sector and more involvement of the private sector as it continues to wrestle with the deficit.
The Progressive Conservative government talks about several cost-cutting moves in its annual throne speech, which lays out the provincial agenda for the coming year.
The government is promising a strategy to transform the public service, which Premier Brian Pallister says will go beyond an earlier plan to cut eight per cent of positions in three years.
Pallister says the aim is to reduce jobs through attrition as people quit or retire, but he won’t rule out layoffs.
The government is also looking to partner with the private sector to deliver some social programs, although details will only come later.
The province is also looking to hand over more responsibilities to municipalities to avoid duplication in areas such as road maintenance and water management.