National Newswatch

Manitoba files separate court action over federal carbon tax, seeks review

Apr 24 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government has filed its own court challenge of the federal government's carbon tax, following similar moves by Ontario and Saskatchewan. In documents filed in Federal Court on Wednesday, the Manitoba government seeks a judicial review to quash the federal tax on the grounds it exceeds Ottawa's constitutional authority. "The (federal carbon-tax law) falls outside […]

Manitoba Liberal leader says party hoping to gather more money for election

Apr 24 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Liberals have fallen behind other major parties in building a war chest for a provincial election. Documents filed this week with Elections Manitoba show the Liberals ended last year with roughly $54,000 in cash and other assets — virtually unchanged from a year earlier. The governing Progressive Conservatives have more than $1.3 million […]

Manitoba premier launches review of processes at Winnipeg city hall

Apr 18 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is launching an independent review of how Winnipeg city hall approves and inspects construction projects and property development, to address what Premier Brian Pallister says is a drag on the economy. Pallister also offered Thursday to cost-share a performance review of all city spending in order to find efficiencies. The premier's comments to a Manitoba […]

Manitoba government, opposition reach deal to pass budget bill

Apr 17 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — Manitoba's governing Progressive Conservatives and the Opposition New Democrats reached a deal Wednesday to pass a budget bill that will cut the provincial sales tax. The NDP has agreed to not use procedural rules in the legislature to delay the bill until the fall and will let it pass by June 3. The bill […]

Manitoba’s governing PCs have more than $1 million cash in bank, NDP much less

Apr 16 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — With a possible early election looming, Manitoba's governing Progressive Conservatives have a lot more money in their war chest than their main opponents. Documents filed this week with Elections Manitoba show the Tories received more than $2 million in donations last year — more than triple the amount raised by the Opposition New Democrats. […]

End of fund means $25 a month less for some Manitoba welfare recipients

Apr 15 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — Manitoba's Progressive Conservative government is cutting benefits for some welfare recipients by $25 a month as part of a medium-term overhaul of social assistance. Starting next month, the province is ending a job-seeking allowance for recipients who are not disabled and who do not have children. The allowance was set up a decade ago by the […]

Government, opposition fighting could lead to snap election in Manitoba

Apr 14 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — There's a game of chicken of sorts happening at the Manitoba legislature where a fight over a budget bill is creating uncertainty over a promised tax cut and raising the possibility of an early election. Premier Brian Pallister's Progressive Conservative government introduced an omnibus budget bill this spring that includes a cut to the provincial sales tax. […]

Manitoba politician hopes to leave legislature for House of Commons

Apr 11 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — A Manitoba Liberal is hoping to leave her seat in the provincial legislature for one in the House of Commons. Judy Klassen is seeking the federal Liberal nomination in Churchill-Keewatinook Aski, which has been held by New Democrat Niki Ashton since 2008. Klassen's provincial constituency of Keewatinook covers a portion of the northern Manitoba federal […]

Manitoba government says opposition delays could derail tax cut

Apr 9 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — Manitoba Finance Minister Scott Fielding said stalling tactics by the opposition in the legislature could threaten a provincial sales tax cut set to take effect July 1. Fielding's comments appear to contradict assurances last month by Premier Brian Pallister, and led to accusations from the opposition that the Tory government is looking for an excuse […]

Manitoba premier says he plans to give opponents a heads-up before any election

Apr 8 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has eased speculation of an imminent election by saying he plans to give his opponents a heads-up before calling voters to the polls. The Progressive Conservative premier has hinted for months that he may call an election before the currently scheduled date of Oct. 6, 2020. Following separate meetings with NDP […]

Rare get-together of Manitoba party leaders amid election speculation

Apr 4 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has invited the two opposition party leaders to a meeting on Monday amid speculation about an early election call. Pallister's office and the official Opposition New Democrats aren't commenting on the get-together. Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont says all he has been told is that the subject of the meeting is election […]

Manitoba grant recipients will have to raise half of each project’s costs

Apr 4 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — Some community and non-profit groups in Manitoba are about to face new requirements to get government grants and could end up with less money. The Progressive Conservative government is merging seven different programs, each with its own rules and funding formulas, into one. Some of them offered up to 100 per cent of the […]

Manitoba joins two other provinces challenging federal carbon tax in court

Apr 3 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — Manitoba has joined a list of conservative-led provinces challenging the federal government's backstop carbon tax in court. Premier Brian Pallister says his government will ask a federal court to rule Ottawa has overstepped its bounds. "Ottawa cannot impose a carbon tax on a province that has a credible greenhouse-gas reduction plan of its own, and […]

New carbon tax starts coming in for 4 provinces that fought the federal plan

Apr 1 2019 — Steve Lambert — People in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick will be paying more for gasoline and heating fuel Monday when the federal government's carbon tax begins in provinces that refused to impose their own emissions pricing. The federal tax is $20 a tonne for this year and is set to increase by $10 annually until it reaches $50 a tonne in April […]

Crest expected next month: Manitoba’s flood fears ease a bit with dry weather

Mar 27 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — Dry weather and a slow melt so far have somewhat eased the flood potential in Manitoba, although it will be a few more weeks until the threat passes. The provincial government says with average to unfavourable weather, the Red River should peak roughly at the same level as in 2009. Several communities in the Red River Valley had to close off […]