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Unprecedented snowstorm leads to state of emergency in Manitoba

Oct 14 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — Nearly 21,000 Manitoba homes and businesses remained without power early Monday in the wake of a snowstorm that the province's Crown energy utility said had left an unprecedented amount of damage to transmission lines, towers and more, and will take days to repair. "In some areas, we have more lines and poles down than standing," […]

Manitoba premier wants more details on edibles, says packaging must protect kids

Oct 11 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is hoping for more details on the federal government's plan to ensure edible cannabis products will not be produced or packaged in a way that would entice children and teens. Health Canada released regulations in July that said edibles must not be "reasonably considered to be appealing to a young person," […]

Manitoba’s government wants to put off court challenge over wage freeze

Oct 7 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is asking a judge to shelve a court challenge launched by unions representing 110,000 workers over the province's public-sector wage freeze. Two years after the Progressive Conservative government started imposing wage freezes on collective agreements as they expire, the government introduced a bill Monday to amend the process by which the […]

Manitoba premier hints at concession on wage-freeze bill

Oct 4 2019 — Steve Lambert — 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 […]

Liberal legislature member in Manitoba refuses to apologize for outburst

Oct 3 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — A member of the Manitoba legislature was kicked out of the chamber for a day after shouting across the floor at a cabinet minister. Liberal Jon Gerrard, who has sat in the legislature for 20 years and led the party between 1999 and 2011, was criticizing staffing levels in personal care homes in question […]

Numbers show Manitoba government has cut more civil-service jobs than planned

Oct 1 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government has chopped more civil-service positions than it originally planned, prompting accusations from the Opposition that the cuts will hurt an already fragile economy. There are currently 12,839 active civil service employees — roughly 2,000 fewer than in 2016, indicates an annual report from the provincial civil service commission released Tuesday. […]

Manitoba politicians head back to legislature to pass budget

Sep 30 2019 — Steve Lambert — 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 […]

New numbers show Manitoba government closer to balancing budget

Sep 26 2019 — Steve Lambert — 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. Finance Minister Scott […]

Manitoba politician who made inappropriate remarks says he’s learned his lesson

Sep 25 2019 — Steve Lambert — 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, […]

Manitoba premier says more cash in rainy day fund will help in emergencies

Sep 25 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says his Progressive Conservative government is putting $407 million into the province's rainy-day fund. Pallister says the province has more money than expected, because of higher-than-expected revenues and some lower-than-expected expenditures. Even though the province is still running deficits, Pallister says his government is putting money into the rainy-day […]

Manitoba premier promises plastic bag ban, liquor delivery in second term

Sep 18 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — Manitoba may become the next province to ban single-use plastic bags to help the environment. Prince Edward Island started in July and a ban is close in Newfoundland and Labrador. Eight days after winning a second term, Premier Brian Pallister said his Progressive Conservative government will begin consultations with the private sector on ways to […]

Cuts to Crowns, ending political rebates on Manitoba premier’s 2nd-term agenda

Sep 11 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — Fresh off winning a second consecutive majority mandate, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is planning to eliminate a political subsidy he agreed to maintain five months ago in a deal with the Opposition. The Progressive Conservative leader said Wednesday he will move to kill a long-standing subsidy that refunds political parties and candidates a portion of their election campaign expenses. […]

Manitoba premier sees majority as affirmation; admits PCs must ‘listen better’

Sep 11 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — Brian Pallister and his Progressive Conservatives went early and won big. Pallister called an election more than a year before it was scheduled and the vote Tuesday ended with a second consecutive majority government for the Tories. The party was projected to capture 30-plus seats in the 57-seat legislature with an agenda to continue cutting […]

Tory leader pitches tax cuts, NDP woos Liberals ahead of Manitoba election day

Sep 9 2019 — Steve Lambert — WINNIPEG — Manitoba's political leaders made their final pitches to voters Monday — one day before an election that determines whether the Progressive Conservatives win a second mandate after three years of controversial cost control. Tory Leader Brian Pallister, who recently fulfilled a promise to reduce the provincial sales tax, said his party is the […]