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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

Brian Pallister
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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Deficit Lower Than Expected in Manitoba, Higher Revenues from Corporate Taxes

Deficit Lower Than Expected in Manitoba, Higher Revenues from Corporate Taxes

By The Canadian Press

Scott Fielding
Scott Fielding, MLA for Kirkfield Park, centre signs documents with Lieutenant Governor Janice Filmon after he is sworn into cabinet as the new minister of Finance and minister responsible for the civil service during Premier Brian Pallister’s cabinet shuffle announced at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg on August 1, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s deficit is now forecast to be $51 million lower than expected.

The Progressive Conservative government is predicting to end the current fiscal year $470 million in the red, down from $521 million projected in last year’s budget.

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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

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. 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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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

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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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