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Manitoba premier promises economic plan, new cabinet committee

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks to media at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg on November 20, 2018. The Manitoba government is setting up a new cabinet committee and a new provincial office to focus on economic development. Premier Brian Pallister says the government will also create a new Innovation Growth Program to help small and medium-seized businesses develop new products. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is setting up a new cabinet committee and a provincial office to focus on economic development.

Premier Brian Pallister says the government will also create a program to help small- and medium-seized businesses develop new products.

Pallister made the announcement during his annual state of the province speech to the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

Pallister also says there will be changes to a program which offers tax breaks for new property developments.

The announcement follows a review by two business leaders, announced at last year’s state of the province speech.

Details of each initiative are expected in the coming weeks.

The Canadian Press