WINNIPEG – Manitoba is set to choose which party will carry the province into 2023. Are you making an informed decision when you cast your ballot?
If you’re still undecided or need more information before you determine which party to vote for, here’s a collection of election coverage and each party’s platform highlights to help you make an educated choice:
Brian Pallister and the Progressive Conservatives
Progressive Conservative leader Brian Pallister has laid out his party’s five-point guarantee as a part of the PC platform, which includes tax rollbacks for working families, an increase in funding in the healthcare industry, expediting the process to get more schools built sooner, a plan to create more jobs in the province, and a climate plan that works “for Manitoba, not for Ottawa.”
The Tories also say they will phase out the education tax portion of municipal property tax bills if they’re awarded another term in office.
Wab Kinew and the New Democrats
NDP Leader Wab Kinew has pledged to keep the province’s main health lab public and promised to ban mandatory overtime for nurses in the province if his party is elected. On the education front, the New Democrats have promised to cap post-secondary tuition increases to no more than the rate of inflation and an $85-million-per-year investment into adding new classrooms and cutting down class sizes.
Kinew also announced that his party intends to use cash from the carbon tax to reduce each residential Manitoba Hydro bill by $350 a year.
Dougald Lamont and the Manitoba Liberals
Dougald Lamont‘s Liberals say regular spending cuts are no way to grow the Manitoba economy and, if elected, they have plans to introduce a Manitoba Development Bank aimed at investing in local jobs. The Liberals also say they want all Manitobans to have access to primary care health services within no more than 20 minutes of travel time and that they are interested in a federal pharmacare program.
The Liberal Party also promises to invest in French-language education and services–citing an increase in enrolment in French immersion and French schools in the province–as well as creating 18,000 additional spaces over eight years to cut long wait times many parents face in finding quality childcare.
James Beddome and the Greens
The Green Party has a strong focus on climate issues, including promises in its platform to transition away from what it calls “harmful industries” and hold polluters accountable. The party also has plans to improve and add to green infrastructure and transportation, and “put a price on pollution” if it’s elected.
The Greens also look to improve and expand Manitoba’s healthcare system by increasing support for frontline workers, support for mental health programs, and adding more services for seniors and people with disabilities.
On the education front, James Beddome and his party lay out plans to focus its support on underprivileged children, Indigenous students, and kids with specific needs while revising the funding structure to make sure there’s an equitable distribution of money.
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