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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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Manitoba Premier Mulls Expanded Cannabis Ban to Include Sprays and More

Manitoba Premier Mulls Expanded Cannabis Ban to Include Sprays and More

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. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – “I’ve never seen this before.”

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, sitting in his legislature office for a year-end interview, is looking at a 15-ml container of cannabis spray. It’s one of the ways through which recreational cannabis can be consumed since legalization in October.

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Manitoba Premier Says He Will Enforce Fee on Indigenous Cannabis Retailers

Manitoba Premier Says He Will Enforce Fee on Indigenous Cannabis Retailers

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says his government will enforce a cannabis retailers’ fee on First Nations store owners in the new year, setting up another potential clash with Indigenous leaders. 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 – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says his government will enforce a cannabis retailers’ fee on First Nations store owners in the new year, setting up another potential clash with Indigenous leaders.

The Progressive Conservative government is requiring all cannabis retailers to pay what it calls a social responsibility fee. The levy amounts to six per cent of each retailer’s total annual revenues, starting in 2019. The annual fee is to be paid within six months after the year ends.

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Manitoba Premier Promises Economic Plan, New Cabinet Committee

Manitoba Premier Promises Economic Plan, New Cabinet Committee

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’s Progressive Conservative government is setting up a new cabinet committee and provincial office to focus on economic development, and is looking to retool a key tax break for property development.

The measures are part of an economic development plan released by Premier Brian Pallister, who delivered his annual state of the province speech Thursday to business leaders in Winnipeg.

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Brian Pallister Says Feds Need to Look at Their Own Trade Barriers

Brian Pallister Says Feds Need to Look at Their Own Trade Barriers

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 on November 20, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says the federal government needs to look at its own trade barriers instead of focusing on the provinces.

Pallister says recent statements by federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Internal Trade Minister Dominic LeBlanc have dealt mainly with interprovincial trade barriers.

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‘Back to Balance:’ Manitoba Premier Signals Fiscal Restraint for Municipalities

‘Back to Balance:’ Manitoba Premier Signals Fiscal Restraint for Municipalities

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. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is not going to share the excise tax on cannabis with municipalities, and has signalled that fiscal restraint with municipal transfers will continue. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is rejecting the idea of sharing cannabis excise duties with municipalities and is sending strong signals that other funding for municipalities will continue to be on a tight leash.

“Isn’t it about time that we had a provincial government that understood that you can’t just grow debt, and say yes to everything today, without consequences tomorrow?” Pallister told delegates Monday at the annual convention of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities.

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No-Protest Zones Around Abortion Clinics Could Erode Rights: Manitoba Premier

No-Protest Zones Around Abortion Clinics Could Erode Rights: 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 on November 20, 2018. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says an Opposition call for buffer zones around abortion clinics and hospitals would be a slippery slope toward taking away some freedoms. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says an Opposition call to restrict protests around clinics and hospitals that provide abortion services could take away people’s rights and inadvertently prevent protests in favour of expanded abortion services.

Pallister was responding Friday to a private members bill from NDP house leader Nahanni Fontaine.

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