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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Liberals won't be running a full slate in Manitoba election

The party has run a full slate in every provincial poll since 1999.

Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari heads into the election at the helm of a party that won't be running a full slate for the first time since 1999.

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Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari heads into the election at the helm of a party that won't be running a full slate for the first time since 1999.

By: The Canadian Press Published on Wed Mar 30 2016

WINNIPEG - For the first time since 1999, the Manitoba Liberal Party will not be running a full slate of candidates in a provincial election.

The Liberals were scrambling to submit their final few nominations with Elections Manitoba before Tuesday's deadline, and one candidate, Jessica Karlsen in the rural seat of Agassiz, was rejected because of problems with her nomination forms.

Some of the people who signed her nomination wrote down post office box numbers instead of their home addresses, contrary to rules clearly spelled out in Elections Manitoba candidate guidelines.

“The candidate wasn't aware of that and wasn't able to get back and get enough signatures in time to get the nomination sorted,” Liberal spokesman Mike Brown said.

Elections Manitoba said submissions from two other Liberal candidates were still being reviewed, hours after the 1 p.m. deadline passed.

The governing New Democrats and opposition Progressive Conservatives have both managed to field candidates in all 57 constituencies. The Green party has 32 candidates and the upstart Manitoba Party has 17.

The April 19 election date is fixed under provincial law and all parties had more than a year's notice. Still, Brown said, getting all candidates in place by Tuesday's deadline was a challenge.

“Some of those that expressed interest (early) either had other commitments or things that sort of pushed them away at the last minute. So part of the challenge was that we thought we had people in places and then lost them.”

The Liberals, who hold just one legislature seat, have faced uphill battles over the years in terms of fundraising, attracting candidates and organizing for elections.

After the 2011 election, Liberal executive director Dennis Trochim pleaded guilty to forging nomination signatures in order to get Liberal candidates in place in two constituencies.

Court was told Trochim cracked under pressure because he was the official agent for 12 candidates and could not keep up with the workload. He was fined $3,500 for an offence under the Elections Act and was fired by the Liberals.

Brown said it's unfortunate that the Liberals don't have a full slate this time around.

“If you want to apply for government, you want to apply in all the locales in the province. We lost one on a technicality ... so that's disappointing, but we soldier on


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Manitoba election candidate nominations now closed

228 candidates running in provincial election

CBC News Posted: Mar 30, 2016 8:16 AM CT| Last Updated: Mar 30, 2016 9:36 AM CT

Voters can find out who's campaigning in their riding by visiting the Elections Manitoba website.

Candidate nominations for the Manitoba election on April 19 are now closed.

■VoteCompass: Manitoba Votes 2016
■Vote Compass: Lower taxes to help low-income Manitobans, say 52% of respondents
■Taxation the biggest election issue for Manitobans, finds Vote Compass

A total of 228 candidates are running; two still need to have their nomination papers finalized before they are officially registered.

To find out which candidates are campaigning in your riding, visit the Elections Manitoba website.


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Manitoba election: Pallister pitches creation of business advisory team

Premier's advisory team would have up to a dozen members and focus on job creation

CBC News Posted: Mar 30, 2016 8:51 AM CT| Last Updated: Mar 30, 2016 12:25 PM CT

RAW: Manitoba Tories promise to enlist top business leaders to create jobs 1:33

Manitoba's Progressive Conservatives intend to create an advisory team of "top business leaders" to promote investment and trade in the province, if they're elected in April.

"Jobs and growth are the top priorities of Manitobans. Under a Progressive Conservative government, they will be the top priorities of the premier," party leader Brian Pallister told the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday morning.

His premier's advisory team would have as many as a dozen members and focus on creating jobs and making sure government programs are "targeted and effective," Pallister said.

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Brian Pallister speaks on Wednesday to the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce. (Wendy Buelow/CBC)

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce and the Business Council of Manitoba would each have the opportunity to propose representation on the team.

"After 17 years of inaction by the Selinger NDP, a team approach with government and business working hand in hand to create new jobs is long overdue," Pallister said, adding he's the only political leader who has experience creating a payroll for employees, so he understands how business works.


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( a new poll from mainstreet shows more pc support in Winnipeg than previously found with ndp doing poorly in the city and in ridings in rural Manitoba )

Tory breakthrough in city?
New poll shows Winnipeg turning blue

By Tom Brodbeck, Winnipeg Sun
First posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 05:28 PM CDT | Updated: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 05:35 PM CDT

Manitoba's Progressive Conservative party has opened up a substantial lead in the all-important battleground of Winnipeg, according to a new Mainstreet Research/Postmedia poll. The Tories have increased their margin in the city by 13 percentage points to 40% among decided and leaning voters, with the NDP now well behind at 27%.

It's a lead, if it holds, that could be a major breakthrough for the Tories in Winnipeg, where the battle over a dozen or so swing ridings will largely determine the outcome of the election.

The Tories continue to dominate in rural Manitoba according to the poll, although they did drop seven percentage points outside of Winnipeg. However, most of the Tory losses in rural and northern Manitoba have gone to the Green Party and would likely have little to no impact on riding outcomes.

Overall, 47% of decided voters said they would vote for the Progressive Conservative party if an election were held today, the same level of support the party received in two previous March polls. The NDP and the Liberals remain tied at 23% support among decided voters while the Green Party is the favourite among 7% of Manitobans.

What the poll shows is that Tory support has shifted somewhat from rural and northern Manitoba to the city, no doubt a welcome development for a party that needs to take at least seven or eight Winnipeg ridings from the NDP to form a majority government.

The Liberals have maintained their support in the city at 25% among decided and leaning voters. But what's interesting in this latest poll is that the second choice for 34% of those leaning Liberal is not the NDP but the Tories. The NDP is the second choice of 31% of those leaning Liberal. Which means if Liberal support collapses, more of it will go to the Tories than the NDP.

The poll was conducted March 29 among 1,860 Manitobans and has a margin of error of +/- 2.27% 19 times out of 20.

Meanwhile, it appears the barrage of negative advertising by the NDP against the Tories -- including claims the PC party would cut front-line services and privatize health care, child care and Manitoba Hydro -- isn't working.

People aren't buying it. And for good reason -- there isn't a kernel of truth to any of the claims.

Fear campaigns in politics can work if waged effectively. But they normally have to contain some element of truth to work. The NDP's messaging in recent months has been so over the top and so far from anything resembling the truth that it's backfiring on them.

And Tory leader Brian Pallister's recent counter ads, dispelling claims he plans to cut services and privatize government operations, appear to be working.

Mostly, though, as we get closer to election day -- now less than three weeks away -- the anger, frustration and in some cases outright disdain many voters feel towards the NDP and its leader Greg Selinger are all coming to a head.

It's not only the increase in the PST and the NDP's refusal in 2013 to allow Manitobans to vote on the tax increase that's fuelling the anger, either. It's the NDP's overall mismanagement of the province's finances and its poor outcomes in health care, education and child welfare, all of which have been well documented by independent sources, including the Canadian Institute for Health Information, Manitoba's Children's Advocate Office and the province's Auditor General.

Despite record levels of spending, tax hikes and a massive accumulation of debt, the benchmarks for many of those front-line services have been the worst, or among the worst, in Canada.

And apparently most Manitobans are fed up with it.


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( the green party knows there not going to win so why not promise to eliminate education property taxes )

Manitoba Greens vow to eliminate education property taxes

James Beddome
The Greens said they would equalize funding made available to divisions for each student, adding it would create a better provincial education system overall.

Published Wednesday, March 30, 2016 11:45AM CST

James Beddome said the Green Party would eliminate education property taxes if they form government in the upcoming provincial election.

In a news release, Beddome said Manitoba is the only province in Canada where school boards can tax locally to meet budgetary needs.

“The current system for funding education creates severe inequities, both for students and for property taxpayers,” Beddome said Wednesday. “Greens would bring greater fairness to both the tax system and the education system by funding education from personal and corporate tax revenues.”

The Greens said they would equalize funding made available to divisions for each student, saying it would create a better provincial educational system overall.

“Most homeowners will be better off,” Beddome said.

“Lower-income homeowners living in modestly priced homes may see an increase in costs, but our proposed Guaranteed Annual Income will more than offset those tax increases.”

Beddome added small business wouldn’t see a tax change, but large corporations will see a spike.


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Conservative revival in Manitoba should come as no surprise


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Published Monday, Mar. 28, 2016 8:57PM EDT

Ecclesiastes reminds us that nothing is ever really new. “One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.” Which is why we should not be surprised by signs of a Conservative Party revival.

In hubris, this writer once asserted that the Liberal Party was in danger of extinction. Not only was it an impoverished, leaderless third party at the national level in 2012, but Liberal governments in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia also appeared headed for defeat. Everywhere else, outside Prince Edward Island, either the Conservatives or NDP dominated.

With two different books on the stands arguing that only a Liberal/NDP merger could derail the Stephen Harper juggernaut, the future of the party of Laurier seemed precarious.

Vanity of vanities …

Today, there is not a Conservative Party by that name in power federally or provincially. Tory fortunes have rarely been at a lower ebb.

But as everyone, including this writer, keeps forgetting, politics is cyclical. Hello, Manitoba.

Two weeks into the provincial election there, Brian Pallister’s Conservatives are more than 20 points ahead of Greg Selinger’s NDP. If the numbers hold, the Conservative drought in provincial capitals may finally be about to end.

In any case, the drought was always illusory. Brad Wall’s Saskatchewan Party is conservative in all but name. Voters go to the polls there April 4, and Mr. Wall is widely expected to prevail once again.

And while the Liberals in British Columbia are unique unto themselves, in the main, they’re more conservative than progressive, as the recent exodus of Tories from the Alberta and federal parties into Christy Clark’s administration attests.

Though the situation in Alberta is confused – the Progressive Conservatives and Wildrose came first and second in last week’s Calgary-Greenway by-election, but it’s early days yet – conservative parties could soon be dominant once again in the West.

But the big news won’t come until 2018, when we learn whether the Liberals’ luck in Ontario finally runs out, after 15 years in power. Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown appears to be doing everything right: tempering his party’s position on climate change, reaching out to new Canadians in suburban ridings, uniting – at least for now – his fractious caucus.

That might not be enough. The ditches are strewn with the carcasses of pollsters and pundits who predicted past Liberal defeats in Ontario. But if – and this is a huge if – the Conservatives win the next provincial election in Ontario, the party will once again be ascendant provincially, which would have implications for events in Ottawa.

The federal Conservatives are leaderless and behind in the polls. The Trudeau government’s honeymoon seems to be turning into “and they lived happily ever after.”

But one reason the Liberal Party survived its near-death experience federally is that it stayed in the game provincially. A revival of Conservative fortunes at the provincial level could also presage federal renewal.

If the provincial Liberals were defeated in Ontario in 2018 – yes, to repeat, a HUGE if – Justin Trudeau would lose a key ally and appear vulnerable himself. Remember, federal elections are largely decided the same way Ontario elections are largely decided – by the results in the swing suburban ridings outside Toronto. Mr. Trudeau defeated Stephen Harper because he flipped those ridings, most of which have large immigrant populations, from Conservative blue to Liberal red.

Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne defeated PC Leader Tim Hudak in 2014 by keeping the 905, as it’s known, Liberal as well. If Mr. Brown wins, it will be because he convinced immigrant suburban voters in the 905 to switch from the Liberals to the Conservatives. If they do so provincially, they may be inclined to do so federally as well.

Oh look. We’re back to predicting what can’t be predicted.

But just as some of us greatly exaggerated the rumoured death of the Liberal Party, so too we need to remember that the Conservative eclipse will end – sooner, perhaps, rather than later. After all, to everything there is a season.


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Liberals in Manitoba lose five candidates in advance of April 19 election

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Published Wednesday, March 30, 2016 1:56PM CST
Last Updated Wednesday, March 30, 2016 3:18PM CST

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba Liberal Party has lost yet another candidate in advance of the April 19 election.

The party says its candidate in Gimli, Joanne Levy, has been disqualified by Elections Manitoba because she worked as an enumerator earlier this year. The Elections Act prohibits an enumerator from being nominated as a candidate.

“I want to apologize to the voters of the Gimli Electoral District. I was anxious to give them the choice of a Manitoba Liberal and I will not be able to do so,” said Levy in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.

The NDP filed a complaint about Levy earlier this week, saying her partisan activity broke the rules governing non-partisan enumerators.

“Although I believed I ceased to be an enumerator once my duties were complete and my oath returned on February 28 that is not how Elections Manitoba interprets and enforces The Elections Act,” said Levy.

Elections Manitoba has also rejected nomination forms from four other rural Liberal candidates because they didn't have proper addresses for some people who signed the forms.

The decision means the Liberals will not have a full slate of 57 candidates for the first time since 1999.

Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari says she is disappointed with the decisions, and says she feels candidates are being disqualified on technical grounds.

- With files from CTV Winnipeg


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Manitoba Tory leader promises more open government contracts if elected

Auditor general would be given more power to do random audits of government purchases

The Canadian Press Posted: Mar 31, 2016 10:19 AM CT| Last Updated: Mar 31, 2016 10:19 AM CT

Brian Pallister says a Tory government would only resort to untendered contracts in exceptional circumstances such as emergencies.

Manitoba Progressive Conservatives are promising to put more government contracts up for bidding if they win the April 19 election.

Tory Leader Brian Pallister says the aim would be to increase transparency about what the government buys and to ensure taxpayers were getting the best value for their money.

Pallister says a Tory government would only resort to untendered contracts in exceptional circumstances such as emergencies.

He also says the Tories would give the auditor general more power to do random audits of purchases by departments and Crown corporations.

The Tories also say they would mandate the immediate disclosure of any government contract that was awarded to one company without being open for bidding.


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Manitoba election sees 223 candidates nominated

Manitoba election
Nominations have closed for the 2016 Manitoba provincial election. (File image)


CTV Winnipeg
Published Wednesday, March 30, 2016 2:57PM CST

Nominations have closed for the 2016 Manitoba provincial election.

A total of 223 candidates will appear on ballots across the province on April 19.

The deadline for nominations was 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

The number of candidates nominated for each party are:

- Communist Party of Canada-Manitoba (6)

- Liberal Party of Manitoba (52)

- The Manitoba Party (16)

- New Democratic Party of Manitoba (57)

- The Green Party of Manitoba (31)

- The Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba (57)

- Independent (4)

On Wednesday, the Liberals announced that one of their candidates – Joanne Levy in Gimli – had been disqualified because she worked as an enumerator earlier this year. Four other Liberal candidates were disqualified because of problems with their nomination forms.

Consequently, the Liberals do not have a full slate of candidates heading into the election.


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Manitoba Tories promise new approach to infrastructure funding

Following the Manitoba Liberal response to municipalities calling fora fair share of infrastructure funds, the PC's have responded, too.

Progressive Conservative leader Brian Pallister

By: Stephanie Taylor Metro Published on Fri Apr 01 2016

Progressive Conservative leader Brian Pallister is promising to give Manitoba municipalities a fairer say by implementing what the party calls a new "basket funding approach," to access infrastructure cash.

Standing in the courtyard of Winnipeg City Hall Friday, Pallister explained the new approach would essentially streamline the funding approval processes for city projects by cutting red tape within provincial departments.

The party also promises to spend no less than $1 billion in "strategic infrastructure," annually.

Pallister was quiet on honouring current funding partnerships, such as for the city's rapid transit line and operational costs of the Winnipeg Police Service helicopter.

However, he was adamant no provincial sales tax revenue would be transferred into municipal pockets, as was offered by the Manitoba Liberals earlier this week.

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman told reporters afterwards he was encouraged by Pallister's plan, saying it is "the strongest on fair say that we've seen to date."

“To consolidate and simplify the (funding) process is going to be something that’s going to really help the City of Winnipeg," he said.

“Today’s announcement on fair say is very, very positive.”

Bowman steered clear of endorsing the party's promise, or pitting the PC's campaign pledge against the one recently made by the provincial Liberals.

“I don’t think we should be getting into a bidding war because each of the campaign commitments are in the context of each of the parties' overall direction they want to take the province.”


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A tale of two elections in Flin Flon

Andrea Hill, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
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Published on: April 1, 2016 | Last Updated: April 1, 2016 3:38 PM CST

City of Flin Flon

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When some residents of the northern prairie city of Flin Flon head to the polls on April 4 to vote in the Saskatchewan election, provincial election campaigning in the area won’t be over.

Most of Flin Flon’s population can’t vote until April 19.

Nestled on the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border, residents of Flin Flon are watching two provincial elections unfold. About 250 people in the city of 5,800 live on the Saskatchewan side of the border and are voting in Saskatchewan’s Cumberland riding on April 4. The rest will vote in Manitoba’s provincial election on April 19 in the riding of Flin Flon.

“It is certainly an interesting situation,” said Mark Kolt, Flin Flon’s municipal administrator.

Getting through two concurrent provincial elections is hardly the biggest oddity of living in a border city, Kolt says. A far more interesting claim to fame is a border-straddling ball diamond where — for half the year, when Saskatchewan and Manitoba are on different time zones — players joke that foul balls land an hour after they’re hit.

Although campaign signs for candidates running in two different elections can be spotted while driving through the city, Kolt said there’s little confusion about who’s voting when.

“Really, you can’t possibly live in Flin Flon for any length of time without being aware of which side of the border you’re living on.”

While most Flin Flon residents cheer for the Roughriders over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, when it comes to politics, most people are more engaged in what’s happening on the Manitoba side, Kolt said.

That’s especially the case this spring, with polls suggesting the Manitoba election could spell the end of the NDP’s 16-year reign.

“There’s a lot of interesting things about this race on the Manitoba side this time, whereas, on the Saskatchewan side, I think that the polls have been quite a bit more consistent as to what’s likely to happen. So I think it’s generating a little bit less discussion locally,” Kolt said.

Neither the Cumberland nor Flin Flon races are sure things.

On the Saskatchewan side, well-known La Ronge mayor Thomas Sierzycki is the face of the Saskatchewan Party, challenging NDP incumbent Doyle Vermette. The Manitoba riding of Flin Flon, which has long been a safe NDP seat, is less certain this year, since the incumbent NDP MLA is running as an independent and could possibly split the left vote.



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The Manitoba Election is going to be interesting;
Almost a direct ideological reversal of what happened in Alberta.

The NDP and Liberals are basically deadlocked for second with about 50% of the polled support split between them with the PCs around the mid 40s.

This could result in the PCs winning some ridings the NDP have held for decades

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Manitoba Liberals drop another candidate; drop in polls as election nears

Kurt Berger
Court documents show Kurt Berger was given a conditional sentence of two years' probation for assaulting his common-law wife. (File image)

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Published Monday, April 4, 2016 11:27AM CST
Last Updated Monday, April 4, 2016 1:46PM CST

WINNIPEG -- The Manitoba Liberal Party lost another candidate and received some bad polling news Monday -- the latest blows in what party leader Rana Bokhari admitted has been a "rough week" leading up to the April 19 provincial election.

The Liberals fired Kurt Berger as their candidate in the Elmwood constituency, three days after The Canadian Press revealed Berger had pleaded guilty to assaulting a girlfriend in 2002. Berger was put on probation following the plea and given a conditional discharge.

Berger had been upfront about the incident when he applied to be a candidate, Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari said, but his former girlfriend contacted the Liberals on Monday with new accusations which Bokhari did not reveal.

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"If it's he-said, she-said, and that's what this has become, then I have to side with the female. I have to side with the woman," Bokhari said.

Berger said Monday the new accusations are not true, but he agrees it is best for him to drop out, especially out of concern for a child the couple had together and who lives with Berger.

"As much as I wanted to serve the province ... I'm at a point where I want to protect those that I love," he said.

"I don't want to be dragged through the news for the next two weeks and have my child ... reading about it or hearing about it."

The Liberals have already lost other candidates and have failed to field a full slate of 57 for the first time since 1999. One candidate was disqualified by Elections Manitoba for having been an enumerator, three others had improper addresses on their nomination forms and another failed to get their paperwork submitted in time.

The Liberals hold just one seat in the legislature and have traditionally been a bit player in the province's political scene. But their occasional spikes in opinion polls can threaten the New Democrats, because both parties tend to get support from the same areas, mostly in urban Winnipeg.

Opinion polls over the last two years have suggested Liberal support has risen sharply -- to well above 20 per cent, in a virtual tie with the NDP. But a poll released Monday by Insight Manitoba suggests the Liberals have dropped firmly to third place at 15 per cent.

The poll pegged Progressive Conservative support at 42 per cent and NDP support at 22. Sixteen per cent of respondents were undecided.

The automated voice-response poll involved 4,592 Manitobans between March 26 and April 3, and is considered accurate within plus-or-minus 1.43 per cent, 19 times out of 20. Insight's officials have Liberal connections -- one managing partner, James Cook, is a Liberal campaign manager in the St. James constituency, and another, Eric Stewart, ran for the Liberals in the last provincial election.

The poll follows a week in which Bokhari also sparred with the media and released a fiscal platform that was roundly criticized by local columnists and editorial writers.

Bokhari told reporters Monday "it's been a rough week," but said the Liberals can bounce back.

"When Manitobans have this opportunity to make that decision of who you're going to want in those (legislature) seats for the next four years, I'm confident they're going to pick members of the Manitoba Liberal Party."

Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister focused Monday on taxes. He promised to raise income tax brackets along with the rate of inflation every year of elected. He also promised to raise the personal basic exemption -- the threshold at which people start paying income tax.

NDP Leader Greg Selinger promised more job training by covering course fees and living expenses for 1,500 more apprenticeship students each year.


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Manitoba election: PCs promise to raise tax brackets, basic personal exemption

PC Leader Brian Pallister accuses NDP of running a 'nickel-back government'

CBC News Posted: Apr 04, 2016 10:55 AM CT| Last Updated: Apr 04, 2016 11:16 AM CT

PC Leader Brian Pallister speaks to reporters in Winnipeg on Monday, promising to increase income tax brackets by the rate of inflation and raise the basic personal exemption in the first budget year of a Tory government.

Manitoba's Progressive Conservatives promise to end what they call "inflationary bracket creep" if they're elected on April 19, as well as start to raise the basic personal exemption on income taxes.

PC Leader Brian Pallister said his party will increase income tax brackets by the rate of inflation within their first full budget year.

Most provinces already index tax brackets, and Manitoba has fallen behind, Pallister said.

"Bracket creep is a kind of a nefarious way to overtax people," he told reporters in Winnipeg on Monday.

"What it does is it makes sure that the income tax brackets aren't raised to keep up to inflation, sneaking more money off the kitchen tables of Manitoba families every year as inflation goes up and the tax bill goes up too."

He also promised to raise the basic personal exemption toward the national average within his first term.

Manitobans start paying provincial income taxes after earning just over $9,000, while in Saskatchewan the minimum for 2016 is just under $16,000.

Pallister said a Tory government would try to bring Manitoba closer to the national average for the basic personal exemption rate, which he said is around $11,000.

He accused NDP Leader Greg Selinger of running a "nickel-back government" while in office by offering something, then taking a nickel back in taxes.

The Progressive Conservatives have already promised a tax cut — reducing the provincial sales tax to seven per cent.

Pallister said he will pay for his promises by cutting waste in government and will release the full cost of the Tory platform on Friday.

The NDP suggested a Tory government would slash programs and called on Pallister to "be upfront and accountable about what his cuts will look like."

"He's trying to have it both ways. But he can't take cut hundreds of millions out of the budget and still protect the front-line services working and middle-class families count on," the NDP said in a statement.

"Something has to give from his reckless agenda for cuts, and that something will be the health care, education, and jobs that you and your family need."


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Nearly half of Manitoba election candidates live outside constituencies

Close to 60% of Manitoba NDP slate consists of constituency outsiders, CBC analysis shows

By Jacques Marcoux, CBC News Posted: Apr 04, 2016 7:01 AM CT| Last Updated: Apr 04, 2016 9:22 AM CT

A voter walks out of a Winnipeg polling station on voting day in the 2011 Manitoba election. CBC News has analyzed the declared home addresses of nearly all of the 223 candidates running the April 19 election and found that close to half of them don't live in the constituencies where they're running.

■Elections Manitoba: Who are the candidates?

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Nearly half of the candidates in the April 19 provincial election don't live within the boundaries of the constituencies where they're running.

CBC News analyzed the declared home addresses of nearly all of the 223 official candidates and compared those locations to the boundaries of each of the 57 constituencies in Manitoba.
■Manitoba Votes: Full election coverage
■Poll Tracker: 2016 Manitoba provincial election

Of the addresses that could be precisely pinpointed on a map, the homes of 47 per cent of candidates (93 of 199) were outside the constituencies in which they are running.

Manitoba's Election Act requires the chief electoral officer to publish the name, residential address, political affiliation and official agent for each candidate. However, under Section 59(2), candidates may request that their home address not be disclosed for personal security reasons.

In total, the addresses of five candidates — including that of Liberal Party Leader Rana Bokhari — were not made public by the chief electoral officer.

Elections Manitoba spokesperson Alison Mitchell confirmed in an email that the agency has "received several requests from candidates not to publish their addresses."

Manitoba Liberal Party spokesperson Mike Brown said in an email that Bokhari`s home address was unpublished for safety reasons.

NDP has highest proportion of outsider candidates

In total, 19 rural candidate addresses could not be accurately mapped due to rural area address conventions. Excluding these, the analysis shows that close to 63 per cent of NDP candidates declared a home address located outside the constituencies in which they are running.

In contrast, the Manitoba Liberal Party has 44 per cent non-resident candidates, while the Progressive Conservatives have only 26 per cent. The Green Party of Manitoba and the Manitoba Party stand at 32 per cent and 36 per cent, respectively.

Asked for comment, NDP spokesperson Andrew Tod pointed out that "unlike the Manitoba Liberal Party, we are running a full slate of 57 candidates."

"[Our candidates] come from all walks of life, and our team looks like Manitoba. Our team includes 24 women, nine people of colour, and seven indigenous candidates," said Tod.

Fort Whyte home to more candidates

Although there are only five candidates running in Fort Whyte — including the incumbent, PC Leader Brian Pallister, who himself lives in another constituency — there are 10 candidates who call this electoral division home.

In contrast, Keewatinook — Manitoba's most northern electoral district — is without a single local candidate. The Liberal candidate, Judy Klassen, lives in Steinbach, while Edna Nabess (PC) and Eric Robinson (NDP) both live in Winnipeg.

Living cities away

The addresses published by Elections Manitoba show notable cases in which candidates live hours away from the voters they are attempting to woo.

Among the examples:
■The PC candidate for Point Douglas, Marsha Street, lives in Brandon.
■Liberal candidate Inez Vystrcil-Spence is running in Thompson but lives in Lorette.
■Brandon West Liberal candidate Billy Moore resides in Portage la Prairie.

See if the candidates for your constituency live within its boundaries:

Notes on methodology and analysis:
■In order to establish constituency of residence, candidate home addresses were mapped and analyzed against the official digital constituency files provided by Elections Manitoba.
■Twenty-four of the 223 candidates could not be mapped either because their addresses were withheld or because the rural address format could not be geocoded.

Analysis and calculations performed by Jacques Marcoux, CBC News.

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