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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:54 pm    Post subject: Manitoba Provincial election to be held April 19 Reply with quote

( the campaign has already started but officially begins tomorrow )

Provincial Election

Manitoba election formally begins Wednesday

$columnist.title By: Dan Lett
Posted: 03/15/2016 1:58 PM | Comments: 6

The 41st Manitoba election will begin in earnest on Wednesday, when Premier Greg Selinger visits Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon at midday to dissolve the legislature and start the formal campaign that will culminate with voting on April 19, the Free Press has learned.

Sources confirmed Selinger will hold one final cabinet meeting before visiting Filmon to request that the legislature be dissolved. The NDP have already scheduled a huge kickoff rally at Sturgeon Heights Community Centre for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The Twitter notice for the event carries the hashtags #mbelxn and #NDP2016.

Selinger appeared today at a Free Press editorial board meeting hosted at the Free Press News Café in the Exchange District. At that meeting (video replay available at winnipegfreepress.com), Selinger spoke confidently about looking forward to putting his agenda before Manitoba voters.

"I honestly believe we have the best program for Manitoba," the premier said.

Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister, whose party has a comfortable lead in the polls, and Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari are both expected to confirm their own writ-day events.



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Manitoba PCs officially launch campaign

CTV Winnipeg
Published Saturday, March 12, 2016 3:38PM CST
Last Updated Monday, March 14, 2016 3:25PM CST

The Manitoba Progressive Conservatives held a campaign rally with Leader Brian Pallister on Saturday.

Hundreds of party members and supporters packed into the Caboto Centre for the official launch of the PC campaign.

Pallister called this election the most important in Manitoba history. He quickly turned to attacking the record of the governing NDP and Premier Greg Selinger, promising to restore trust in the provincial government.

Brian Pallister
Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister addresses the crowd at the official launch of the party's campaign on March 12, 2016.

“After 17 years of broken promises, I didn’t hear (Selinger) apologize to Manitobans for giving millions of dollars in untendered contracts to party pals and then trying to cover it all up,” said Pallister.

He also criticized the NDP “for creating the longest emergency room waits in Canada.”

The party outlined their Better Plan for Manitoba platform, in which they promise to roll back the PST by one percentage point, improve reading skills for children by Grade 3, reduce ambulance fees, and spend $1 billion a year on infrastructure.

The election is on April 19.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Provincial Election

Yes to PCs, but iffy on Pallister

Provincial Tories on top despite leader, new poll shows

$columnist.title By: Larry Kusch
Posted: 03/14/2016 12:47 PM | Last Modified: 03/14/2016 4:18 PM | Updates | Comments: 70

Manitoba Progressive Conservatives are poised to win a majority government, although voters still haven’t warmed to PC Leader Brian Pallister, according to a new poll by Forum Research Inc.

An interactive voice-response telephone survey conducted Sunday shows the Tories well ahead of both the NDP and the Liberals, but found Pallister is not as popular as his party.

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS files</p><p>A poll found 35 per cent of Manitobans surveyed approve of the job PC Leader Brian Pallister is doing.</p>


A poll found 35 per cent of Manitobans surveyed approve of the job PC Leader Brian Pallister is doing.

The poll found 35 per cent of the 930 Manitobans surveyed approved of the job Pallister was doing as the leader of the Opposition, while 34 per cent disapproved. Another 32 per cent had no opinion.

Premier Greg Selinger received the approval of 19 per cent of those surveyed, while 62 per cent disapproved of the job he was doing as premier and 19 per cent said they didn’t know. Twenty-one per cent of Manitobans surveyed approved of Rana Bokhari’s performance as Liberal leader, while 36 per cent disapproved and 42 per cent said they didn’t know.

According to the poll, 46 per cent of voters support, or are leaning toward supporting, the PCs, while 23 per cent back the Liberals and 22 per cent support the NDP. The Green party received eight per cent support.

In an accompanying analysis, Forum determined the party support would translate into 39 seats for the Tories in the legislature, 13 for the NDP and five for the Liberals. Currently, the NDP holds 35 seats, the PCs 19 and the Liberals one. There are two vacancies.

Meanwhile, three in 10 Manitobans believe Pallister would make the best premier — about twice as many as those who believe Selinger would be best. Just one in 10 polled see Bokhari as the best premier. About a quarter of voters said none of them would be best, while one in five said they didn’t know who would be best.

"Despite his party’s substantial lead in this poll, it appears Mr. Pallister lacks the personal appeal that would allow him to match his party’s performance," Forum’s Lorne Bozinoff said in an accompanying commentary. "On the other hand, Premier Selinger has about the same, although diminished, appeal as his party. Rana Bokhari has yet to make the kind of impression which will allow her to take advantage of her party’s current parity with the incumbents."

The Progressive Conservative vote is highest among voters aged 55 to 64, those earning between $80,000 and $100,000, those living outside Winnipeg and those who are the least educated. The PCs received support from 49 per cent of men and 43 per cent of women.

The poll results from an interactive voice response telephone survey of 930 randomly selected Manitoba voters are considered accurate +/- 3 per cent, 19 times out of 20.


province wide 46 pc - 23 lib , 22 ndp , 8 green

18-34 - 34 pc , 26 ndp , 25 lib , 13 green

35-44 - 45 pc , 25 lib , 21 ndp , green

45-54- 51 pc , 22 lib , 19 ndp , 7 green

55-64- 52 pc , 21 lib , 20 ndp , 6 green

65plus - 47 pc , 23 ndp , 21 lib , 8 green

male - 49 pc , 21 lib , 20 ndp , 9 green

female - 43 pc , 25 lib , 23 ndp , 8 green

Winnipeg - 40 pc , 26 lib , 25 ndp , 8 green

rural --52 pc , 20 lib , 19 ndp , 8 green

Brandon - 61 pc , 20 lib , 18 ndp , 7 green

The Forum Poll was conducted by Forum Research with the results based on an interactive voice response telephone survey of 930 randomly selected Manitoba voters. The poll was conducted on March 13, 2016. Results based on the total sample are considered accurate +/- 3%, 19 times out of 20. Subsample results will be less accurate. Margins of error for subsample (such as age, location) results are available at www.forumresearch.com/samplestim.asp


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tories most trusted with taxpayer money: poll

By Tom Brodbeck, Winnipeg Sun
First posted: Monday, March 14, 2016 03:32 PM CDT | Updated: Monday, March 14, 2016 05:44 PM CDT

Progressive Conservative leader Brian Pallister is thought to be the best fiscal manager of the three party leaders, a new poll reveals. (Brian Donogh/Winnipeg Sun)

Manitobans trust the Progressive Conservatives more than any other political party to cut wasteful spending while maintaining important government services, a new Mainstreet Research poll found.

When asked which party could strike the right balance between cutting wasteful spending and maintaining core services, 41% chose Manitoba’s PC party.

That’s nearly twice the support the governing NDP received at 22%.

The Tories scored high on preserving core government services despite months of attack ads by the NDP, who claim Tory leader Brian Pallister would cut $500 million in front-line services if he became premier, including firing teachers and nurses.

Pallister has repeatedly refuted the claim, saying he would slow the growth of overall government spending by 1% by finding savings in government bureaucracies while maintaining front-line services.

Meanwhile, the Mainstreet poll also found support for the NDP’s proposal to bring in a new surtax for high-income Manitobans.

When asked if high-income earners should be taxed more, the same or less, 44% agreed they should pay higher taxes. Almost a third said high-income Manitobans should be taxed the same while 16% said they should get a tax cut.

The results are good news for the NDP since the proposed surtax is one of the party’s main election campaign commitments. The NDP’s surtax plan also includes corresponding tax relief for low- and middle-income taxpayers through two proposed tax credits.


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Manitoba Premier Selinger set to launch election campaign

Greg Selinger
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger reads his government's speech from the throne at a news conference in Winnipeg on November 20, 2014. (John Woods / The Canadian Press)

The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, March 16, 2016 7:18AM EDT

WINNIPEG -- Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger is to launch an election campaign today with pollsters suggesting the NDP and its 16-year run in government could be in peril.

Selinger would not confirm the launch, but the NDP is already promoting an election rally with him this evening. A NDP source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the campaign will kick off sometime after a morning cabinet meeting.

The election date has already been set under provincial law for April 19. The campaign will see Selinger try to climb back from public opinion ratings that suggest his New Democrats are 20 points or more behind the Opposition Progressive Conservatives. The NDP currently holds 35 of 57 legislature seats.

"The polls do indicate we're not peaking too early," Selinger told reporters Tuesday. "We have work to do. But the one thing we know is elections count and people will have good choices upon which they can decide how they are going to vote."

The NDP has faced public backlash over their 2013 decision to raise the provincial sales tax to eight per cent from seven. The party told voters the tax hike was necessary for much-needed road work, flood protection and other infrastructure projects, but support for the party sank.

Five of Selinger's top cabinet ministers called on him to step down after the move in order to help the party's fortunes rebound.

Selinger barely survived the strife, winning 51 per cent of the vote on the second ballot of a three-way leadership vote last year. Following the slim victory, many stalwarts both in the legislature chamber and the party's back rooms left.

The NDP faces a well-funded Progressive Conservative party under leader Brian Pallister, and a revived Liberal party under Rana Bokhari, who has worked to raise the Liberal profile since taking over as leader in 2013.

Pallister is scheduled to launch his party's campaign in Selinger's St. Boniface constituency. He said Monday he plans to visit every constituency over the five-week campaign except Kewatinook, a northern seat that he visited recently.

"You're getting closer to the time ... when people will have to make a decision, so it becomes all the more important to get out there and show Manitobans you're willing to do the work."

Pallister, who took over the Tory leadership in 2012, is counting on a big breakthrough to add to the 19 seats his party won in 2011. But only four of those seats were among the 31 Winnipeg constituencies.

The Liberals won just one seat in 2011, but opinion polls suggest their popularity has jumped by absorbing most of the support lost by the NDP.

Bokhari is a political rookie, however, and faces a challenge in trying to secure a legislature seat. She is running in the Fort Rouge constituency in Winnipeg -- a traditional NDP stronghold.


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Manitoba election to officially start Wednesday, NDP sources say

Greg Selinger to ask for writ to be dropped Wednesday after cabinet meeting: sources

CBC News Posted: Mar 15, 2016 3:19 PM CT| Last Updated: Mar 16, 2016 6:12 AM CT

The Manitoba election will launch Wednesday according to NDP sources.

Premier Greg Selinger will ask the Lieutenant Governor to drop the writ tomorrow morning, officially starting the provincial election campaign.
■VoteCompass: Manitoba Votes 2016

A cabinet meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m., after which Selinger is expected to formally request the writ be dropped.

In addition, while answering questions from reporters after Question Period on Tuesday, Selinger seemed to let slip the writ would be dropped tomorrow.

He was discussing NDP candidates going into the election when he said, "A good team usually has a balance of skills and experience, and we're presenting that tomorrow—ah, or any day we decide to call the election."

"We're really excited to get the campaign ready," Manitoba PC leader Brian Pallister said Tuesday. "We're hoping to run a full campaign."

Meanwhile, Rana Bokhari, the Liberal leader, said her party is ready to go.

"Our candidates will be done within the week," she said. "We will definitely be utilizing all vehicles to get our message out there."

The NDP have scheduled a rally with Selinger at the Sturgeon Heights Community Centre for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, while Pallister will make "announcements on the economy" in Winnipeg at 10 a.m., Brandon at 2:30 p.m. and Portage la Prairie at 5:30 p.m.

Bokhari will make an announcement Wednesday at the Legislature at 11:30 a.m. on education.

NDP in 'deep political trouble,' professor says

Paul Thomas, a professor emeritus of political studies at the University of Manitoba, said the NDP will be going into the election in "deep political trouble."

"This could be a very severe setback for the NDP. It's not just the most recent poll but polls going back a year and a half at least when they've been tracking very low in the polls," he said. "[Selinger] is the most unpopular premier in the country and he's running third amongst the party leaders so it's not a good prospect for the NDP."

Thomas said the big fight will be in Winnipeg, as he expects only a few swing seats in rural Manitoba.

Also at play is the recent Liberal win federally.

"The relationship between the provincial side of political life in Canada and the national is a bit of a complicated relationship," said Thomas. "It's not a one-way causation where the Liberals do well nationally [and] they have to do well provincially. Provincial elections are fought on different issues with different leaders."

But when it comes to the federal Conservaties, Thomas said Manitoba's PCs will be trying to differentiate themselves from their federal counterpart.

"They don't want to look too much like the Harper Conservatives. They don't want to be seen as that kind of mean-spirited, controlling party that's all about eliminating deficits and debt," he said. "They want to try to present a message that involves selective cuts to government spending."

He said if Pallister can "avoid a big mistake, he's likely to be the next premier."

Manitobans head to the polls on April 19.

For CBC's full coverage of the provincial election, see Manitoba Votes 2016.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the pc's are already promising to cut the pst to 7% if elected )

Tories promise to roll back PST to 7% if elected in Manitoba

Brian Pallister heads to Brandon and Portage la Prairie for campaign announcements

CBC News Posted: Mar 16, 2016 9:43 AM CT| Last Updated: Mar 16, 2016 11:04 AM CT

Progressive Conservative Party Leader Brian Pallister was all smiles at a campaign announcement on Wednesday for the April 19 Manitoba election.

The Progressive Conservative Party squeezed one last promise in before the official start of Manitoba's 2016 election campaign on Wednesday.

The Tories promised to roll back the provincial sales tax from eight per cent to seven within their first term in office, if elected.

"We will leave more money on the kitchen tables of Manitobans," PC Leader Brian Pallister said. "Manitobans aren't the NDP's ATM, not anymore."

That one per cent of the PST is equivalent to about $300 million in annual revenue, which Pallister said he would recoup through savings and cuts.

No government service is sacred and all options are on the table, he said.

"We are committed to doing a complete performance review of the government to find overlap, find waste, find duplication. This is an exercise the NDP have never undertaken."

Asked if he would look to make up the lost revenue by raising other taxes, Pallister said he wouldn't rule it out.

"I won't make that commitment but I will speak tomorrow about major commitments in respect of other taxes," he said.

The announcement was made at 10 a.m. on key NDP turf — the St. Boniface neighbourhood, which is the home constituency of NDP Leader Greg Selinger.

At the time, Selinger was at the legislative building, preparing to ask Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon to call the April 19 election.

■Manitoba provincial election to be called at 11:20 a.m. today

"This is just one way that Manitobans, who have grown tired of paying more and getting less under the Selinger NDP, will see a change for the better," Pallister said at his PST announcement.

The NDP leader promised before the 2011 election that any notion of raising the PST was "nonsense" and "ridiculous," a news release from the Tories stated, adding the NDP then broadened the PST to include home insurance and benefits at work, as well as to other goods and services in 2012.

That has taken more out of the pocket of Manitobans, the Tories said.
■Insurers pass new Manitoba tax to consumers

The NDP then increased the PST from seven per cent to eight per cent in 2013.

That move rattled Selinger's own party. He faced public backlash and five of his senior cabinet ministers unsuccessfully challenged his leadership.
■Manitoba revolt: 5 ministers resign from Premier Greg Selinger's cabinet

Despite taking in more money, the provincial debt has doubled in the past eight years under the NDP, Pallister said.

After kicking off his campaign with the PST promise, Pallister will head to Brandon for an announcement at the Chilli Chutney Restaurant at 2:30 p.m., followed by a stop at 5:30 p.m. in Portage la Prairie for another announcement.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the liberals are promising all day kindergarten , sounds familiar being from Ontario )

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Manitoba Liberals promise all-day kindergarten as election kicks off

By: The Canadian Press

Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2016 at 1:23 PM | Comments: 0

WINNIPEG - Manitoba's Liberal leader kicked off the election campaign with a promise to bring in all-day kindergarten.

Rana Bokhari says the promise will cost $50 million — a figure that doesn't include any necessary school expansions or upgrades.

She says the funds will come out of general revenues, but couldn't be more specific than that.

Bokhari says studies show all-day kindergarten gives kids a leg up when it comes to vocabulary and social skills.

All-day kindergarten in Ontario costs $1.5 billion a year and has required millions in school upgrades.

Internal documents obtained by The Canadian Press in 2014 showed the governing NDP built a file on the idea, but decided to focus on capping class sizes from kindergarten to Grade 3 instead.


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March 16, 2016 10:13 am Updated: March 16, 2016 10:17 am

PROFILE: Manitoba Tory leader Brian Pallister a politician with an imposing height

By Steve Lambert The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – The man who wants to take over as Manitoba’s next premier is a study in contrasts.

Brian Pallister came from humble beginnings and now owns one of the biggest homes in Winnipeg. He’s a politician with an imposing height who clearly remembers being bullied as a child, a focused and disciplined taskmaster with a history of verbal slip-ups and gaffes.

Since becoming leader of the Progressive Conservative Opposition in 2012, Pallister has made his mark by driving staff and caucus members hard, rebuilding constituency associations and boosting party coffers to prepare for the April 19 election.

“Halfway measures don’t get you where you need to go,” Pallister said in recent interviews. “An important part of work, of life, of politics is showing up. Show up, do your job.”

He grew up on a small farm near Portage la Prairie — the homestead of his great-grandparents. There wasn’t a lot of money, he says, so his mother took a teaching job.

Pallister, 61, stands a towering 6’8. He remembers he and his brother Jim playing sports.

“We had one ball when we were kids, and we played everything with that ball — football, basketball, baseball — everything we could imagine. We golfed with that ball.”

He made a name for himself as a teenager playing fastball. He hitchhiked to Brandon University and tried out for the school’s basketball team. His coach remembers a young man, fairly overweight, who played above his talent level thanks to determination.

“The biggest thing we wanted to do was get some of that weight off him and he ran hard every day,” Jerry Hemmings recalls.

“Many times I would put garbage cans in each corner of the court, and tell him if he got sick, to pick up one of those garbage cans and puke in it and keep on running.”

The puke came. Pallister kept at it.

“He probably lost a good 30 pounds … and he’s been super-fit ever since,” Hemmings says.

Pallister graduated and took a teaching job briefly, but then started an insurance and investment firm out of his car. He and his wife, Esther, grew the company over three decades and used the proceeds to buy a $2 million, 9,000-square-foot mansion in Winnipeg.

He also became involved in politics. He was elected to the Manitoba legislature in 1992 and later became minister of government services. He ran unsuccessfully in 1998 for the leadership of the federal Progressive Conservatives. Two years later, he was elected as a member of Parliament for the Canadian Alliance.

He left the Commons in 2008 and, in 2012, ran unopposed for the leadership of the Manitoba Progressive Conservatives — a party that was on the ropes after four consecutive election losses.

Pallister made it known that he would be something of a drill sergeant. At a meeting of a dozen party members looking for staff jobs, he drew names from a hat and assigned each person a constituency in which to sell memberships. Applicants were also subjected to an on-the-spot essay contest. About half of those in the room left. One compared the meeting to a “Survivor”-style reality show.

Pallister assigned caucus members a second constituency to build the party’s profile. The moves did not endear him to everyone, but the party has raised more funds than the governing NDP in recent years and is in fighting shape.

The one area where Pallister’s discipline has slipped is when he is making speeches.

While delivering an off-the-cuff holiday message in 2013, he extended well-wishes to “infidel atheists.” He quickly added that he believes in the rights of both religious and non-religious people to mark the holiday season in whatever way they choose.

During his time in Parliament, he once dodged a question by saying he was giving “a woman’s answer … a sort of fickle kind of thing.”

In a lengthy speech in the legislature in 2014, he veered into a diatribe in which he said he hated Halloween because it is bad for children’s integrity.

“I don’t work from prepared texts all the time,” Pallister says.

“I’ve done several thousand interviews … so if I said a couple of embarrassing things, I didn’t say them to hurt anybody.”

Pallister stands by his dislike of Halloween. He was 6’3 when he hit his teens, and no disguise could mask his identity, leading to taunts from other kids.

“I’ve learned, too, from my slip-ups. I’m being quite frank with you that I’m evolving, I’m learning too. I was never a political party leader before.

“But I know how to build teams and I know how to build trust … and I want more Manitobans to know me.”


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Selinger admits he considered quitting


First posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 10:00 AM CDT | Updated: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 03:54 PM CDT

NDP leader Greg Selinger. (Brian Donogh/Winnipeg Sun file photo)

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger admits that during the dark days of a very public caucus revolt he contemplated quitting.

Already feeling voter anger over his NDP government's 2013 sales tax increase, Selinger was dealt another blow in the fall of 2014 when five of his most senior cabinet ministers -- people he trusted and in some cases promoted -- went public with calls for his resignation.

He had to make a choice: fight or flight.

"There was a point where I wondered whether it was worth the headache," Selinger recalled in a recent interview.

He compared the trying time to running a marathon.

"There's kind of a point in there ... where you either quit because you've hit the wall, or you find that second wind and you hit ... that Zen point where you're prepared to accept the outcome whatever way it goes."

Selinger rejected critics who said he should step down and give a new leader a chance to revive the party's fortunes. His opponents' backers said the party was headed for electoral slaughter unless Selinger quit.

But the premier was advised by his supporters to stay on and fight.

He did. The party organized a leadership race and Selinger survived with 51 per cent of the votes on the second ballot.

That perseverance -- what his critics call stubbornness -- is not unusual for Selinger, who overcame childhood poverty and trying times on his way to Manitoba's top political job.

Selinger, 65, was born in a rough part of Regina. When he was a preschooler, the family moved to Vancouver, where his parents' marriage fell apart.

His mother, Margaret, moved back to Regina and tried to find a way to take care of her children. Selinger was sent to live with his grandparents for one year in rural Saskatchewan.

His mother decided to move to Winnipeg. She opened a small clothing store in the St. James area. Becoming a business owner was a bold move for a woman in the early 1960s, but she was determined to make it work.

There were setbacks. A close relative was diagnosed with schizophrenia. But the family stuck together and worked to build a middle-class lifestyle.

Selinger went on to study social work and was employed in Winnipeg's inner city. He saw the effects of poverty, addiction and loan sharks, which embedded in him a desire for social justice. Decades later, he introduced laws to protect low-income earners, including strict guidelines for payday loan companies.

"What motivates a person like myself is to be able to see significant progress for people that, for many decades, have been left out."

In his 20s, Selinger helped establish an economic development agency for low-income earners that exists to this day. He taught social work at the University of Manitoba and went on to graduate studies -- a master's degree in public administration from Queen's University and a PhD in social policy and administration from the London School of Economics.

He served on Winnipeg city council in 1989 and made an unsuccessful run for mayor.

He was first elected to the Manitoba legislature in 1999. He served a decade as finance minister before taking over the premier's chair following Gary Doer's departure.

Selinger has stayed on despite internal strife, external criticism, the departure of most of his senior advisers after the caucus revolt and poll numbers that suggest his party could fall to third place in the April 19 election.

Selinger could leave politics and enjoy more time with his wife, Claudette Toupin, and their two grown sons. But he wants to keep going out of a desire to manage the province's economy during troubled times -- deficits have been run in the name of job-creation and infrastructure repair -- and improving the lives of the less fortunate.

Selinger points to a recent announcement of an all-weather road to the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation. The reserve was cut off from the mainland a century ago when Winnipeg built an aqueduct for drinking water.

Selinger's wife's grandfather worked on the aqueduct, and the premier sees the new road and similar projects as a way to address long-standing basic needs in First Nations communities.

"We're starting to see people understand the history of the country and how we can work together. I think on a lot of fronts we can move forward together.

"Canadians want to move forward."


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( federal liberals claim to be staying neutral yet some still involved or have ties to provincial politics )

Federal Liberal cabinet minister, John McCallum, snubs Manitoba Liberals during election campaign

Liberal MP John McCallum says he's staying 'neutral,' Manitoba Liberals satisfied with level of support

By Chris Glover, CBC News Posted: Mar 17, 2016 2:13 PM CT| Last Updated: Mar 17, 2016 3:52 PM CT

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship John McCallum says he'll have "no involvement" with the provincial Liberals while in Winnipeg for a funding announcement.

Chris Glover
Legislative reporter

A federal Liberal in Justin Trudeau's cabinet snubbed the provincial Liberals at a funding announcement in Winnipeg Thursday.

The political snub came from Immigration Minister John McCallum while he was in Winnipeg for the day to announce a new fund to help settle Syrian refugees.

McCallum said he will not help his provincial counterparts as they try to win votes ahead of next month's provincial election.

"I will have no involvement in the provincial election," McCallum said. "I don't even have time today, if I wanted to, but no, I am staying neutral."
■Liberal MP John McCallum announces Winnipeg Foundation gets $500K to help settle Syrian refugees

The Manitoba Liberals said they're satisfied with the level of federal support they've received.

"We have the support of local Manitoba MPs and that's what's most important to us," the Manitoba Liberal's wrote in a statement.

Last month, a handful of the Winnipeg Liberal MPs, such as cabinet ministers Jim Carr and MaryAnn Mihychuk, attended the provincial party's Annual General Meeting.

At the meeting, Mihychuk, who is the Liberal MP for Kildonan-St. Paul, told CBC News she was coaching provincial Liberal candidates.

She also said she was door-knocking with some of them, including Burrows Liberal candidate Cindy Lamoureux, who is the daughter of Winnipeg North MP Kevin Lamoureux.

Mihychuk also criticized the provincial party for its vetting of candidates, following the discovery of derogatory comments made by one of the party's former candidates on social media.

■Federal Liberal MaryAnn Mihychuk criticizes provincial party's vetting process

The provincial election is April 19th.


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News / Winnipeg

Manitoba Conservative leader vows return of tax referendums

Brian Pallister says cabinet ministers would face a paycut if promise broken.

Manitoba Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister.

By: The Canadian Press Published on

WINNIPEG - Manitoba's Progressive Conservative party will reinstate a referendum on major tax increases if it forms government after the April 19 election.

Leader Brian Pallister says cabinet ministers would have their salary cut by 20 per cent if they broke that promise.

The NDP government changed its balanced budget legislation and overrode the need for a referendum when it raised the provincial sales tax.

The Conservative party took the government to court over the move, but lost.

Pallister says people deserve to have a say if the government increases income, business or retail taxes.

He says the referendum promise would not include minor tax increases on things such as tobacco.


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Ambulance ride could cost less if Conservatives win Manitoba election

By: The Canadian Press
Posted: 03/18/2016 9:51 AM | Last Modified: 03/18/2016 9:52 AM |

WINNIPEG - Manitoba's Progressive Conservatives are promising to cut ambulance fees in half if the party wins the April 19 election.

Leader Brian Pallister says many people face bills of $500 or more for an ambulance ride, and some try to drive themselves or get a ride to hospital.

Pallister says a Tory government would work with municipalities and health authorities and put up $11 million a year to cut fees in half.

The Liberals have promised to eliminate ambulance fees for low-income seniors earning under $20,000 a year.

Pallister says the Liberal plan offers no help to most people, and would create two-tier ambulance service.


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The fight ahead of the NDP

By: ChristopherAdams
Posted: 03/21/2016 4:00 AM | Comments: 1

Regardless of what happens in the April 19 provincial election, and whether or not Manitoba’s New Democratic Party will go down to defeat, the party can count on support from its "two norths."

The first north consists of the ethnically diverse, low-income constituencies in or near Winnipeg’s North End where labour-affiliated MLAs have been elected for more than 100 years.

The NDP’s second north is made up of mining towns and fishing and indigenous communities. Since Ed Schreyer’s unexpected breakthrough for the NDP in 1969, northern Manitoba has consistently supported the NDP.

The importance of the two norths cannot be understated. When the NDP was relegated to third-party status in the 1988 provincial election, even Schreyer expressed to others that this must be the end of the NDP as a major political force in Manitoba. Yet even at this very low point, the party held onto the North End and all of its northern seats. Rather than annihilation, the NDP went into a brief hibernation, came back as the official Opposition in 1990 and eventually formed the government in 1999.

Everyone knows the NDP is now in trouble, and if the polls are correct, it is doubtful they can win what would be for Manitoba an unprecedented fifth straight majority victory. And there are clear signs the NDP has lost what political analyst Jeffrey Simpson would call the "discipline of power." Close to a third of NDP MLAs are not running again, while less than one-sixth of the sitting PC MLAs have declined to run again.

Last year’s caucus divisions and challenges to the premier’s authority took their toll. And its impact continues to be felt; Andrew Swan is the only one of the so-called Gang of Five seeking re-election. During the crucial pre-election phase, the premier has been taken off his game plan repeatedly, such as when he needed to defend his star candidate in Fort Rouge, Wab Kinew, when problematic social-media materials came to light. As well, he had to deal with continuing dissent among caucus members, including outgoing Flin Flon MLA Clarence Pettersen’s very public attack in the legislature on Steve Ashton’s ethics, and last month when fellow MLA Dave Gaudreau stormed out of caucus after telling the premier he is hated by voters.

Combine all this with ongoing fallout from the premier’s decision to increase the PST and expanding budget deficits, and it is hard to believe the NDP can turn things around in less than six weeks.

How bad are the polls? Last week Forum Research showed the NDP having only 22 per cent support among eligible voters, less than half of the 46 per cent they achieved in the 2011 election. Meanwhile, the PCs are at 46 per cent, a slight increase of two points from 2011, and the surging Liberals are at 23 per cent, up from just under eight per cent in 2011.

In Winnipeg, with 31 of 57 constituencies, the NDP is behind both the PCs and Liberals, scoring 25 per cent compared to the PCs at 40 per cent and the Liberals at 26 per cent. Other polls show the NDP just slightly ahead of the Liberals.

The way back for the NDP is to hold their support in the two norths, which they will probably do, and win back support in the swing constituencies that border on the northern portion of the province: Dauphin, Interlake and Gimli. But they also need to win back urban voters, especially women, to keep seats in south and west Winnipeg.

The most recent Forum Research poll shows NDP support among women is now at 23 per cent across the province. This is a drastic decline from 51 per cent during the October 2011 election, based on a Probe Research poll conducted for the Free Press.

Since Gary Doer’s NDP victory in 1999, the NDP has taken what many used to consider safe PC seats in south Winnipeg, largely because of support from middle-class female voters. In 2016, the PCs have nominated a large number of credible female candidates in winnable Winnipeg seats, and with a surging Liberal party led by a woman, the NDP’s chances of winning back sufficient support to hold onto seats such as St. Vital, Fort Richmond, Southdale and St. Norbert, among others, are declining.

It is worth remembering much can change during an election. Concluding who won the game based on the score in the first period of a hockey game, or even at the end of the second period, can be risky. In the 2012 Alberta election, everyone predicted Danielle Smith’s Wildrose Party would defeat then-premier Allison Redford’s PCs. The PCs won. In the B.C. 2013 election every single poll throughout the election had Adrian Dix’s NDP defeating Premier Christy Clark’s Liberals. The Liberals won. And last summer, readers will recall Justin Trudeau’s Liberals were in third place, behind both the Conservatives and the NDP.

Election-time advertising, candidate-related mistakes, leadership debates and the discovery of skeletons in closets can all have an impact. We will see April 19 whether or not the NDP reverts to its northern habitats or surprises the pollsters and pundits.

Christopher Adams is a political scientist at St. Paul’s College at University of Manitoba and author of Politics in Manitoba.


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( the race is close in Winnipeg , pc's have big lead in other parts of the province , liberals doing better than in 2011 but still can't pass ndp )

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Poll predicts 'runaway' win for Pallister PCs

By Kevin Engstrom, Winnipeg Sun
First posted: Sunday, March 20, 2016 06:33 PM CDT | Updated: Sunday, March 20, 2016 07:19 PM CDT

Brian Pallister rally
Surrounded by his party's candidates, Leader Brian Pallister delivers his address during the provincial Progressive Conservative party's election launch at the Caboto Centre on Wilkes Avenue in Winnipeg on Sat., March 12, 2016. (Kevin King/Winnipeg Sun/Postmedia Network)

Less than a week into the election campaign, Greg Selinger and Rana Bokhari have yet to put much of a dent into Brian Pallister’s lead in the polls.

An exclusive Mainstreet Research/Postmedia poll reveals Brian Pallister’s Progressive Conservatives have a 23-point lead over Greg Selinger’s NDP, up one from last weekend. The poll, conducted Saturday, puts the PCs at 47%, the NDP at 24%, and Rana Bokhari’s Liberals at 23%.

The contest is closer inside seat-rich Winnipeg, where the PCs have the support of 37% of decided voters. The NDP are not far back at 30%, followed by the Liberals at 25%.

The city numbers are not altogether discouraging for the NDP, but are a far cry from last week’s Mainstreet poll, which suggested Winnipeg was a “dead heat” between them and the Tories.

“The numbers are right now pointing to a runaway victory for Brian Pallister and the Progressive Conservatives,” said Quito Maggi, president and CEO of Mainstreet Research.

Maggi noted the race in Winnipeg is tighter when factoring in voters who have indicated they’re leaning towards supporting a particular party. In that category, Mainstreet found the Tories only have a one-point lead over the NDP, at 33%-32%, with the Liberals not far back at 27%.

“But when you dig deeper, a significant portion of that number for the NDP is from the leaning category, so their numbers are soft,” Maggi said.

The news is even better for Pallister and company outside the Perimeter Highway, where Mainstreet’s poll found they enjoy the support of 62% of voters. Maggi said the Tories would likely sweep all southern Manitoba ridings outside of Winnipeg if the numbers hold.

“It’s getting hard to tell what anybody could do to stop them outside of Winnipeg,” he said.

If there’s one silver lining for the NDP and the Liberals, it’s in the large number of undecided voters, pegged right now to be at 24% of the electorate -- a number that rises to 28% in Winnipeg. Maggi noted that’s unusually high, given the election is less than a month away.

Additionally for the Liberals, Maggi said Bokhari and her team are likely happy their numbers remained steady, despite less than flattering reviews of her performance in a radio debate last Monday and in subsequent press conferences.

“There is some public support for the Liberals, but I don’t know if they have the resources and infrastructure to capitalize on it,” he said.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.33%, 19 times out of 20.

The latest voter numbers:

Manitoba (decided voters)

PC 47%

NDP 24%

Liberal 23%

Greens 7%

Manitoba last week (decided voters)

PC 47%

NDP 25%

Liberal 22%

Greens 6%

Winnipeg (decided voters)

PC 37%

NDP 30%

Liberal 25%

Greens 8%

Outside Winnipeg (decided voters)

PC 62%

Liberal 20%

NDP 14%

Greens 4%

Male (all voters)

PC 39%

Liberal 19%

NDP 18%

Green 5%

Undecided 20%

Female (all voters)

PC 33%

NDP 18%

Liberal 16%

Green 5%

Undecided 28%

How are the undecideds leaning?

Liberal 17%

NDP 13%

PC 12%

Greens 4%

Undecided 52%

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