WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he is moving up the next provincial election by more than a year.
The next vote was scheduled for October 2020, but Pallister has set the day for this Sept. 10.
He had been hinting for months that he was preparing to go early.
By law, the campaign can’t officially start until 28 to 35 days before Manitobans go to the ballot box.
Pallister’s Progressive Conservatives were elected in 2016 with 40 of the legislature’s 57 seats–the largest majority government in Manitoba in a century.
The Tories recently fulfilled their biggest campaign promise by cutting the provincial sales tax to seven per cent from eight.
The cut is to take effect July 1, six years to the day after the former NDP government raised the tax.