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End of Campaign Expense Rebates in Manitoba; Less Public Subsidy for Parties

End of Campaign Expense Rebates in Manitoba; Less Public Subsidy for Parties

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks to media following the delivery of Manitoba’s 2019 budget, at the Legislative Building in Winnipeg, Thursday, March 7, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski)

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is eliminating a public subsidy for political campaign expenses such as advertising, office rent, transportation and staff wages.

An omnibus budget bill introduced in the legislature would do away with a rebate that reimburses provincial parties and individual candidates 50 per cent of their general campaign expenses. The rebate has been available to any party or candidate that receives at least 10 per cent of the popular vote.

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Manitoba Budget: Provincial Sales Tax to Drop; Smaller Deficit

Manitoba Budget: Provincial Sales Tax to Drop; Smaller Deficit

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Finance Minister Scott Fielding (left) reveals the Manitoba government will cut the PST to 7% as of July 1. (MANITOBA GOVERNMENT / YOUTUBE)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government included a long-promised provincial sales tax cut in its annual budget Thursday — a move that could pave the way for an early election.

The budget calls for the tax to drop to seven per cent from eight per cent as of July 1, which would save the average household $350 a year.

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Manitoba Won’t Charge Provincial Sales Tax on Federal Carbon Levy

Manitoba Won’t Charge Provincial Sales Tax on Federal Carbon Levy

By The Canadian Press

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks to media after the reading of the throne speech at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba won’t be charging the provincial sales tax on top of the federal government’s carbon levy that kicks in April 1.

Premier Brian Pallister says it wants to shield Manitobans as much as it can from an increase in the cost to their home-heating bills.

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Fixed-Election Date Not Really Fixed, Says Manitoba Premier

Fixed-Election Date Not Really Fixed, Says Manitoba Premier

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks to media after the reading of the throne speech at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. Pallister is dropping another hint that he might call an early election. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has dropped another hint of a possible early election by saying the fixed election date of Oct. 6, 2020, is more of a deadline than a date set in stone.

“It isn’t a fixed election date. It’s a drop-dead date,” Pallister said Tuesday when asked about the possibility of an early vote.

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Disability Rights Advocates Making Special Valentine’s Delivery to Manitoba Legislature

Disability Rights Advocates Making Special Valentine’s Delivery to Manitoba Legislature

Cinnamon Hearts - Valentine's Day

WINNIPEG — Premier Brian Pallister and other Manitoba politicians are receiving special Valentine’s Day gifts from disability rights advocates today.

Jars filled with more than 770 cinnamon candy hearts are being distributed at the Manitoba legislature with a strong message attached: people with disabilities receive the most intimate, personal supports from more than 770 support workers over the course of their lifetimes.

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Manitoba Premier Down South While His Social Media Marvels at Winnipeg Snow

Manitoba Premier Down South While His Social Media Marvels at Winnipeg Snow

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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A photo of a snowy day in Winnipeg, posted on Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister’s Instagram account, is shown in this recent handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Instagram, premierbrianpallister)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister appeared to marvel on social media in recent days at Winnipeg’s wintry weather, but in reality he was at his vacation home in tropical Costa Rica, his office has confirmed.

Pallister’s Twitter and Instagram accounts put up a few pictures last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, as daytime temperatures hovered around -20 C.

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Job Cuts Ahead: Layoff Protection for Manitoba’s Civil Servants About to End

Job Cuts Ahead: Layoff Protection for Manitoba’s Civil Servants About to End

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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More public-sector job cuts appear to be looming in Manitoba, and a long-standing ban on civil service layoffs is about to expire. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks to media after the reading of the throne speech at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – More public-sector job cuts appear to be coming in Manitoba and a long-standing ban on civil service layoffs is about to expire.

Premier Brian Pallister, in his third year of a promise to eliminate the deficit by 2024, says he is not planning any large-scale layoffs, but some trimming remains to be done — largely by not filling vacant positions when someone retires or quits.

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Flush with Party Funds, Manitoba Tories Could Call Early Election

Flush with Party Funds, Manitoba Tories Could Call Early Election

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister responds to questions during a news conference at the first ministers meeting in Montreal on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

WINNIPEG – Flush with party fundraising cash and facing two opposition parties still in rebuilding mode, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is not ruling out a snap election call well in advance of the scheduled date of Oct. 6, 2020.

In a year-end interview with The Canadian Press, Pallister would not commit to stick to the date.

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