PST Fact Check: How much will you save and at what cost?

Manitobans are anticipating a provincial election as early as September 2019 and while it has yet to be called, the campaigning has begun with flyers now making their way into residential mailboxes. It is no surprise that Conservative candidates are highlighting the Pallister governments 1% reduction in the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) by 1%, which … Continue reading PST Fact Check: How much will you save and at what cost?

Tory Cronyism and the Privatization of Air Services in Manitoba.

In a previous post we described why Manitoban's should be concerned about the Pallister government's bent toward privatization.  In this article, we learned that the Premier of Manitoba's last Conservative government benefited handsomely from the privatization of Manitoba Telecom Services. Well, seems like Mr. Filmon is back in the game. In February 2019, the Manitoba … Continue reading Tory Cronyism and the Privatization of Air Services in Manitoba.

Hey Manitoba, Talk to the “Gnome”

Wow. Just wow.  It’s difficult to know where to start with this one. As described in this CBC article,  Manitoba government employees were sent an email from the head of the province's civil service, introducing them to Gerome G. Gnome — a garden gnome billed as the government's "engagement champion."The notion that a virtual ceramic garden gnome would … Continue reading Hey Manitoba, Talk to the “Gnome”

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?

Will the Pallister Government Privatize Manitoba Hydro?

An October 18th provincial news release announced that former BC Premier Gordon Campbell will head yet another economic review of Hydro mega projects, Keeyask and Bipole III.  There is a huge red flag here that relates to our November 4, 2016 post, Manufacturing Crisis. In that post we outlined the 10 step strategy governments use … Continue reading Will the Pallister Government Privatize Manitoba Hydro?

Manitoba’s Housing Strategy: Subsidies for Luxury Living Downtown

There have been a number of decisions made by the Pallister government that are raising some eyebrows on the housing front. We've written about some of these in previous posts. But the recent True North Square deal, juxtaposed against a soon to be eliminated tax credit aimed at stimulating the development of affordable units, are … Continue reading Manitoba’s Housing Strategy: Subsidies for Luxury Living Downtown