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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

Brian Pallister
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

Brian Pallister
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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Federal Government Failed to Get Oil Moving, Prompted Oil Cut: Opposition Leader

Federal Government Failed to Get Oil Moving, Prompted Oil Cut: Opposition Leader

By The Canadian Press

Andrew Scheer
Conservative Party of Canada leader Andrew Scheer speaks at his shadow cabinet meeting in Winnipeg, Thursday, September 7, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says Alberta’s decision to order a cut in oil production is a direct result of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s failure to get Canadian energy to market.

Scheer says there were three pipeline projects in the works when Trudeau became prime minister, and none have come to fruition.

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Manitoba Government Says Job-Cut Targets Met at Crown Corporations

Manitoba Government Says Job-Cut Targets Met at Crown Corporations

By The Canadian Press

Manitoba Legislative Building
Manitoba Legislative Building (FILE)

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government says the province’s Crown corporations have met or exceeded their targets for job cuts in management ranks.

Crown Services Minister Colleen Mayer says Manitoba Hydro, Manitoba Public Insurance and Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries have all reduced management positions and salaries by 15 per cent or more.

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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

Brian Pallister
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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Manitoba Bill Would End Requirement for Unionized Workers on Government Projects

Manitoba Bill Would End Requirement for Unionized Workers on Government Projects

By The Canadian Press

Manitoba Legislative Building
Manitoba Legislative Building (SHUTTERSTOCK)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government has reintroduced legislation that would ensure public-sector contracts were open to non-unionized workers.

The Tory bill would prohibit the government, school boards and other public bodies from making unionization a condition of winning a contract.

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Governing Tories Spent Little on Manitoba Byelection Won by Liberals

Governing Tories Spent Little on Manitoba Byelection Won by Liberals

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Dougald Lamont
Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont speaks to media outside the legislature after the provincial throne speech was read at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg on November 21, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Newly released documents show the Manitoba Liberals outspent their opponents in a summer byelection that gave party leader Dougald Lamont a legislature seat.

The documents filed with Elections Manitoba show the governing Progressive Conservatives spent the least of any major party, despite having raised much more money than anyone else.

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Manitoba to Suspend Gambling Expansion, Reduce Welfare Numbers

Manitoba to Suspend Gambling Expansion, Reduce Welfare Numbers

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Manitoba Legislature
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, Janice Filmon, reads the provincial throne speech in the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government is temporarily halting any expansion of gambling in the province and promising to move more people off welfare and into the workforce.

The government’s agenda for the coming year, laid out in its throne speech Tuesday, also includes plans to toughen penalties for impaired drivers and to simplify taxes and royalties for the oil and gas sector.

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