The Pallister Government and Private Consultants: Are they giving us ‘value’ for our money?

This Winnipeg Free Press article  reveals a long list of studies by private consultants ordered by the Pallister government since they took office in 2016. The article quotes Winnipeg political scientist Paul Thomas, who comments on the trend to rely on outside consultants as it reduces the number of in-house policy analysts. This is a … Continue reading The Pallister Government and Private Consultants: Are they giving us ‘value’ for our money?

Housing just got less affordable for low-income Manitobans

On Thursday April 12th, the Pallister Government announced that it will reduce the benefits received through Rent Assist.  It's the second cut since this government was elected in 2016.  This CBC article explains the Province's rationale. It makes no sense.  Especially for a government that has promised to be "the most improved province in Canada". … Continue reading Housing just got less affordable for low-income Manitobans

Manitoba Speech from the Throne 2017

As is typical of government speeches from the throne, the 2017 Manitoba speech contains a lot of platitudes and little more. It hits on topics of importance to many Manitobans including a promise of "better health care sooner" and building "a better place for all of us for generations to come".  It gives a nod to … Continue reading Manitoba Speech from the Throne 2017

Housing the Homeless in Manitoba: What’s the Plan?

The National Conference on Ending Homelessness was held in Winnipeg October 25-27. Minister Scott Fielding joined Mayor Bowman and Adam Vaughan, the federal government's Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Social Development, to share with delegates what their governments are doing about homelessness.  While those in attendance were encouraged to hear that the federal government … Continue reading Housing the Homeless in Manitoba: What’s the Plan?

Decoding KPMG’s Manitoba Fiscal Performance Review: Privatization

In a previous post we provided an overview of KPMG's Manitoba Fiscal Performance Review (MFPR).  Here we focus on a theme that runs throughout the report -  privatization. Department Input?  But before we do that, we want to provide a bit of context to how the KPMG report was shaped.  KPMG was selected through a … Continue reading Decoding KPMG’s Manitoba Fiscal Performance Review: Privatization