By Michelle McQuigge and Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press
The so-called “resistance” force of Conservative premiers waging war against the carbon tax implemented by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began showing cracks on Tuesday, following the Liberals’ re-election.
While some of the five provincial leaders who had publicly criticized or legally challenged the carbon tax maintained their attacks in the hours after voters elected a minority Liberal government, at least one appeared to back down.
OTTAWA — Andrew Scheer is raising the spectre of a reckless, tax-and-spend Liberal-NDP coalition government to urge Canadians to hand the Conservatives a majority on Oct. 21.
The Conservative leader warned Monday that such a coalition would lead to out-of-control spending, “massive” new taxes and “endless deficits” that would drive away investment and throw thousands of Canadians out of work.
OTTAWA — Party leaders hit the hustings at the start of the long weekend hoping to fire up their bases and their get-out-the-vote machines before turkeys are served on Thanksgiving tables — or drop on their chances at electoral success.
Justin Trudeau, Andrew Scheer, Jagmeet Singh and Elizabeth May all spent time Saturday in areas of the country where their parties have been competitive in the past, or that are seen as key to their path for electoral success.
WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is hinting at a possible olive branch to public-sector unions, which are going to court to fight a government-mandated wage freeze.
Pallister’s Progressive Conservative government is to introduce amendments to the province’s wage-freeze bill in the legislature on Monday. He would not reveal details Friday, but said the changes will address at least some of the concerns expressed by unions.
WINNIPEG — Manitoba politicians returned to the legislature Monday for the first time since the provincial election three weeks ago to start an abbreviated two-week sitting that is to focus primarily on passing last spring’s budget.
The Progressive Conservatives laid out their plans in the briefest Manitoba throne speech in recent memory — a little over two pages long. It highlighted the government’s cut to the provincial sales tax earlier this year and focused on the budget that was left hanging by the summer election campaign.
WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government has moved very close to fulfilling its promise to balance the budget.
Final figures for the 2018-19 fiscal year released Thursday show the government recorded a deficit of $163 million. That’s $358 million lower than first predicted in the budget and $531 million lower than the previous year.
WINNIPEG — A Manitoba politician who was investigated for showing an assistant a picture of naked women and making inappropriate remarks says he has undergone sensitivity training, has learned his lesson and hopes to move on.
“I learned to become a better person and watch my choice of words and actions,” Rick Wowchuk, a Progressive Conservative legislature member, said Wednesday in his first meeting with media since news of the investigation broke.