MANITOBA VOTES 2007

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Election Promises

Wendy Sawatzky for CBC Online News | Updated May 18, 2007

Lower taxes. Better roads. More doctors, more police officers, more money in your pocket … the pledges and promises are thick on the ground this election campaign.

If you're having trouble keeping track of who's vowed to do what, here's a review of what the three major parties have said they'd do if voters choose them to lead the province on May 22.

NDPThe NDP have promised to…
CONThe PCs have pledged to…
LIBThe LIBERALS have vowed to…

 

The NDP have promised to…

Education / Childcare Spend $1.5 million to help rural and northern school divisions provide additional support for students with learning disabilities.
Health Build a new centre for children with special needs and disabilities, to replace the existing Rehabilitation Centre for Children.
Health Build a new ACCESS health centre in west Winnipeg to provide primary health care as well as a range of other social, employment and community programs.
Environment Not undertake hydroelectric development on the east side of Lake Winnipeg.
misc Build a new heavy equipment training centre at Red River College at a cost of $15 million, which was already provided for in the province's 2007 budget.
misc Establish a new capital improvement fund of $250,000 per year over four years for Indian and Métis Friendship Centres across Manitoba.
Education / Childcare Provide new funding for 2,500 child-care spaces over two years.
Education / Childcare Set up a $1 million training and recruitment fund for early childhood educators.
Education / Childcare Increase operating grants to day cares to fund a six-per-cent salary increase for workers — three per cent in each of 2008 and 2009.
Health Expand a community-based intravenous therapy site at the ACCESS Transcona site in east Winnipeg, allowing 130 patients requiring IV antibiotic treatment to receive it there, rather than at an emergency room.
Education / Childcare Create as many as 16 new libraries through $10,000 start-up grants — six on First Nations and up to 10 others. The changes would ensure 95 per cent of Manitobans have access to libraries, up from 83 per cent now.
Education / Childcare Provide books to parents of each newborn in Manitoba through the Reading for Life early literacy program.
Health Spend $3.6 million to renovate the Ste. Anne Hospital to increase operating space and double the number of surgeries and diagnostic tests performed each year, to 320 and 360, respectively.
Environment Spend $2 million to upgrade parks and campgrounds, by providing more electrical campsites and more yurts, extending 911 service to Duck Mountain and Hecla, and renovating buildings to be more energy and water efficient, including new design features such as solar-heated showers, low-flow water fixtures and green building materials.
misc Provide $500,000 in new funding to the Film and Television Production Equity Investment program run by Manitoba Film and Sound, and $100,000 to the National Screen Institute for the New Voices and Storytellers aboriginal film training programs.
misc Provide $200,000 in new funding to Manitoba Film and Sound and the Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association for touring and marketing support for local recording artists.
misc Double support for the Urban Arts Program to $400,000 annually to support music, theatre, performing and visual arts programming in cities.
Environment Introduce legislation creating a new protected areas designation, which would encourage communities on the east side of Lake Winnipeg to implement their land-use plan and continue working toward the creation of a UNESCO World Heritage site, while permanently protecting Poplar-Nanowin Rivers Park Reserve.
Environment Make 1,000 new cottage lots available to Manitobans.
Health Expand the province's home-care program to ensure 2,000 more people can live independently in their own homes.
Health Introduce a $1,020 tax credit for family caregivers and provide low-interest loans for needed renovations to assist families who want to care for their loved ones.
Health Create 1,100 new long-term care spaces in Winnipeg and more than 650 spaces in rural and northern Manitoba through the "aging in place" plan.
Education / Childcare Increase the number of active apprenticeship training spaces by 4,000 over the next four years.
Taxes Introduce a new, 40 per cent tax credit (worth $2 million) for the new media sector, including video games, computer animation, web development, visual effects, and music and sound processing.
Education / Childcare Double the uptake in Manitoba’s Co-operative Education Tax Credit, which supports employers who hire students.
Health Build a $40-million centre of excellence for maternal care at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, providing more beds in all areas.
Health Build a $3.5-million birthing centre in south Winnipeg, including a community-birthing centre run by the Women's Health Clinic, with midwives and doula services.
Health Spend $2 million to renovate and expand the maternity ward at St. Boniface General Hospital.
Environment Spend $40 million from the province's $54-million share in the ecoTrust fund to support initial planning and development of an east-west hydroelectric grid.
Taxes Eliminate the small business tax by 2010, in co-operating with the federal government.
Health Set up a new MRI machine at Children's Hospital in Winnipeg, dedicated to children's care.
Health Establish a new clinic at Children's Hospital to expand the province's asthma and allergy program.
Health Modernize the cardiac catherization lab at Children's Hospital to include "the latest equipment used in detecting kids' heart problems."
Environment Establish a five per cent mandate for biodiesel by 2010 for school buses, government fleet vehicles, agricultural vehicles and the trucking industry.
Environment Create a $1-million biodiesel development fund to support additional biodiesel projects.
Environment Create a $500,000 community wind power fund to help communities set up monitors to determine local wind strength.
Environment Create a new provincewide Farmers Eco-Fund to support producers who implement practices such as wetland preservation.
Taxes Reduce education taxes on farmland by 70 per cent in 2008, 75 per cent in 2009 and 80 per cent in 2010.
misc Increase the conditional grants to 15 from 10 for vets who commit to practise in rural Manitoba.
misc Add 50 new firefighters: 20 more for Winnipeg, four more each in Brandon, Thompson and Portage la Prairie, and 18 more forest firefighters.
misc Double the training funding for municipalities that rely on volunteer fire departments.
Health Hire 100 new doctors over the next four years.
Health Add 10 new spaces at the U of M School of Medicine, increasing the number of spaces to 110, from 100. Also add 10 new spaces to the International Medical Graduate program, increasing the total spaces to 35 from 25.
Health Provide rural and northern doctors with a “guaranteed getaway” by establishing a dedicated, $1-million support fund to fill vacancies when doctors need relief.
Health Introduce new scholarships for aboriginal medical students at the U of M. The annual scholarships would provide $7,000 each to six aboriginal students.
Environment Provide $1.8 million over three years to the Winnipeg Trails Association (WTA) to help develop 32 kilometres of trail across Winnipeg, including portions that make up the Manitoba stretch of the Trans-Canada Trail.
Health Hire dedicated pharmacists for 10 ERs - seven in Winnipeg and one in each of Brandon, Thompson and Selkirk - to help doctors and nurses better deal with the large number of medication-related ER visits.
Health Establish a free-standing Mental Health Crisis Response Centre next to Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre to provide specialized care for up to 10,000 mental-health patients who visit traditional ERs each year.
Health Add five clinical assistant positions to Grace Hospital’s emergency room in a pilot project to better support ER doctors.
Health Establish community teaching sites at Grace, Seven Oaks, Concordia and Victoria General hospitals for a new ER program being established at the University of Manitoba.
Health Increase the number of ER doctor training seats to 13 from five.
misc Add 20 new workplace safety and health inspectors, bringing the total to 74, and dedicate one of the inspectors to rural Manitoba.
Environment Buy a new, state-of-the-art Amphibex ice-breaking machine.
Environment Introduce a WaterSmart program that would eliminate the PST on Energy Star water-saving appliances, provide rebates for consumers who buy low-flow bathroom fixtures, provide loans for the improvement of private water or waste systems, and provide rebates for Energy Star dishwashers, front-load washers and tankless water heaters.
Crime Hire 100 new police officers: 50 for Winnipeg, five for Brandon, 30 RCMP to serve rural Manitoba, and 15 for First Nations communities.
Crime Hire 20 new prosecutors.
Crime Double the size of the Turnabout program for youth who can’t be charged under the Young Offenders Act.
Sports Double funding to $60 million over four years for community-based sports and recreation facilities, including giving the Southdale Recreation Association one-third of the funding for a new recreation centre.
Sports Join the private sector-led team that’s leading the charge to build or redevelop the football stadium.
Health Add 700 new nurses and nurse practitioners over the next four years, including 250 nurses for personal care homes.
Health Hire 100 new health care aides and 50 new front-line professionals — such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, clinical dieticians and others — to work in personal care homes.
Health Increase nurse training by adding 100 new spaces at training institutes around the province.
Health Add seven new seats at the graduate school at the University of Manitoba School of Nursing to increase the number of qualified professional instructors.
Environment Introduce legislation that would ensure Manitoba meets its Kyoto targets by 2012.
Environment Reduce Manitoba Hydro’s use of coal.
Environment Create a vehicle efficiency standard, to be recommended by a vehicle advisory board, which would include incentives to deal with older vehicles.
Environment Require the capture of emissions from large landfills.
Environment Establish a new code for efficiency for new buildings.
Environment Develop a plan to switch off-grid communities to renewable energy.
Environment Provide incentives for farmers to undertake projects that reduce emissions.
Sports Launch a First Sports program to provide community centres and recreation associations with grants of $6,500 to fund team uniforms, sporting gear, and groundskeeping and icekeeping equipment.
Health Invest at least an additional $2.4 million (for a total investment of at least $3.2 million) in a new health and fitness centre in Brandon.
Taxes Increase the education property tax credit by $300: to $525 in 2007, $625 in 2008 and $700 in 2009.
Education / Childcare Provide annual funding increases to school divisions above the rate of economic growth to help the province reach the 80-per-cent mark for education funding.
Education / Childcare Provide annual grants and proposed budgets to school division earlier in the budgeting process, to allow them better up-front planning.

 

The Conservatives have pledged to…

Taxes Guarantee that pensions for retired teachers receive a cost-of-living adjustment that is two-thirds of the annual increase to the consumer price index.
misc Amend the Teachers' Pensions Act to ensure a permanent seat for a retired teacher on the Teachers Retirement Allowances Fund board.
misc Redevelop Winnipeg's downtown through a long-term plan that includes rapid transit, bike trails, more lump-sum funding for municipalities and financial incentives for redevelopment.
misc Explore the idea of turning the South Point Douglas area into a hip urban village to be called "The Point," with affordable housing, a community boardwalk to The Forks and an urban park with a beach and marina on a man-made lake.
Environment Keep costs for new sewage treatment systems down by focusing on removing phosphorous, instead of both phosphorous and nitrogen.
Environment Revamp the province's funding arrangement with municipalities and the federal government on major environmental projects. The party envisions a 40-35-25 split for federal, provincial and municipal funding, respectively, which would lessen the financial burden on municipalities.
Environment Set up a science council to offer advice on long-term strategies for the health of Lake Winnipeg.
Environment Provide matching grants to help rural communities phase out the use of propane- or diesel-powered ice-cleaning equipment in favor of cleaner alternatives, such as electrically powered machinery.
Environment Supplement existing Manitoba Hydro low-interest loan incentives to help communities convert recreation centres and arenas to geothermal heating and cooling.
Education / Childcare Appoint a task force, within 30 days of taking office, to examine challenges facing post-secondary institutions and determine what investments and reforms are needed to turn them around. The task force will report back with recommendations by March 2008.
Education / Childcare Double funding to the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative to $10 million per year.
Education / Childcare Allow professional and graduate post-secondary faculties to increase their fees following a student referendum in support of a fee increase.
Education / Childcare Continue to move forward on post-secondary expansion projects already planned and underway, including the relocation of Assiniboine Community College and the expansion of University College of the North.
Health Establish a "caring for cancer 2020" task force, chaired by the health minister and including oncologists, health professionals, cancer survivors and CancerCare Manitoba officials, to prepare a cancer-care strategy and implementation plan by March 2008.
Health Double the number of Manitobans screened for colorectal cancer.
Health Increase funding by $10 million to CancerCare Manitoba for cancer drugs, particularly Avastin.
Health Spend $1 million on a digital mammography machine, including staffing costs.
Health Provide $250,000 for "A Port in the Storm," a charity that plans to provide accommodations for rural Manitobans receiving cancer treatments in Winnipeg.
Health Fund the HPV vaccination program, as already planned.
Health Spend $4 million on the Manitoba Health Research Council's research strategy.
Health Create a $5 million family physician fund, to be used to increase hours for family practices and walk-in clinics.
Health Double the bonuses paid by the specialist recruitment fund in an attempt to address a shortage of emergency-room doctors. The fund provides $15,000 to specialists recruited to Manitoba from outside the province, according to an April 2006 report.
Health Double number of nurse practitioners in Manitoba from 30 to a minimum of 60.
Health Establish "acute admission units" in Winnipeg hospitals, beginning with the Grace and Victoria Hospitals.
Health Establish additional Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) teams in Winnipeg and Brandon to support people with mental illnesses.
Health Grant self-regulation to the profession of paramedicine in Manitoba, expand the scope of practice for paramedics, and address delays in ambulance offloading.
Health Implement an emergency room wait-time monitoring program, first at the Grace Hospital, to publicly report on wait times. Under the plan, patients and their families would know how long they should expect to wait based on their case assessments.
Taxes Increase the payroll tax exemption threshold to $2 million, up from $1.25 million, by 2011.
Taxes Eliminate the small business income tax by 2010.
Taxes Eliminate the corporation capital tax by 2010.
Taxes Reduce the general corporate income tax rate to 12 per cent in 2009.
misc Cut "red tape" by 25 per cent in four years, to save Manitoba businesses $75 million annually.
misc Develop a Manitoba Hydro electricity transmission line from northern Manitoba along the east side of Lake Winnipeg, using a transparent planning process that includes consultation with affected communities.
misc Introduce legislation that would require regulated professions in Manitoba to implement processes that recognize immigrants' credentials based on equivalent education, training and skill levels. The processes would clearly identify education and skill requirements, application steps and expected time and cost to process applications.
misc Develop an internship program to provide new immigrants with Manitoba work experience.
Taxes Replace some of the conditional grants that municipalities receive from the province with one-half a percentage point of the provincial sales tax, to be used the way civic officials see fit.
Crime Charge no Manitoba Public Insurance deductibles for theft or attempted theft of vehicles with approved immobilizers.
Crime End Manitoba Public Insurance accident benefits for car thieves.
Crime Amend the Legal Aid Act to deny legal aid to people who have been previously convicted of charges including participating in a criminal organization and drug trafficking, and charges related to the proceeds of crime.
Crime Strengthen legal aid's audit union to allow it to trace gang assets.
Crime Provide 25 officers to the city's organized crime unit.
Crime Hire 25 probation and bail officers to conduct round-the-clock checks to make sure their charges are obeying the conditions of their release
Crime Require hospitals to report all gun and stab wounds to police.
Crime Label gang activity a "public nuisance" to give police more power to shut it down.
Crime Allow community impact statements to be used in gang- and gun-related cases.
Crime Hire two judges to deal quickly with gang- and gun-related offences.
Sports Build a partnership with the private sector to help bring an NHL franchise to Winnipeg, and provide capital and operating support to such a team, possibly through government bonds, lotteries, and/or a players' tax.
Taxes Cut school property taxes by 50 per cent for home and cottage owners over six years, and by 2009 for seniors. Eliminate school taxes on farmland by 2009.
Taxes Legislate a freeze of all education taxes, including those on commercial properties, to strip school boards of their ability to raise taxes.
misc Create a Premier’s First Nations and Aboriginal Issues Council to examine the social and economic health of First Nations and aboriginal people in Manitoba. McFadyen said he would "personally chair all council meetings."
Taxes Increase the basic personal tax exemption by $600, eliminate the middle tax bracket, and lower the new low-income tax rate to 10.5 per cent, all by 2011.
Taxes Index tax brackets and some tax credits to inflation to eliminate "bracket creep," starting in 2010.
Health Put the Portage District Regional Hospital back on the province's list of future capital projects.
misc Establish an Agricultural Centre of Excellence, cost-shared with the federal government and the private sector, to bring together experts on grains and oilseeds, and commit up to $20 million toward the estimated $73 million cost of the centre.
Environment Create a Value-Added Secretariat to promote Manitoba’s emerging bio-economy.
misc Revise the lending and insurance formulas under the Young Farmer Program in a new Beginning Farmers Program.
misc Add a rural component to the province's immigration policy.
Health Dedicate two per cent of profits from the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission to expand prevention, diagnosis and treatment of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Based on 2006 figures, about $4.8 million would be diverted to the "Fresh Future" fund annually.
Health Provide funding to reopen or create 100 new residential drug treatment beds, focusing on underserved regions, including Brandon and the North.
Education / Childcare Establish a youth intervention centre to provide troubled youth with structured, supervised programs that would teach them responsibility, anger management and give them social and employment skills.
Education / Childcare Construct a state-of-the-art birthing centre, a midwifery training program, and a provincewide perinatal program.
Taxes Abolish the $2-per-head cattle tax.
Environment Provide a rebate equivalent to a three-percentage-point reduction of the provincial sales tax on the purchase of fuel-efficient vehicles.
Environment Set up at least one emissions testing station to allow Manitobans to determine the impact of their cars on the environment.
misc Introduce a "legacy act" that would require unanimous consent of all 57 members of the Manitoba legislature on any bill related to the sale of Manitoba Hydro.
Health Control bureaucratic growth at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority by auditing the authority's books and holding bureaucratic spending to 3 per cent of the overall budget.
Taxes Reduce the provincial sales tax by one percentage point.
Sports Spend up to $3 million to support the creation of a covered fourplex soccer facility in south Winnipeg.
misc Begin consultations to allow Brandon greater control over its own affairs, including land-use decisions, tax exemptions for economic growth, business improvement zones and licences.
Crime Build a 300-cell, $70-million jail for men, with specialized programming for convicts battling addictions.
Sports Reinstate a funding agreement between the Province of Manitoba and the Manitoba Jockey Club (MJC), guaranteeing 75 per cent of net VLT revenues will be returned to the MJC and be reinvested into Assiniboia Downs.
Education / Childcare Establish a "schools of excellence" program under which schools meeting certain criteria - in areas such as student performance, special-needs programming, attendance, community service, parent councils - would be eligible to receive additional provincial funding from a $10-million fund.
Education / Childcare Establish a College of Professional Teachers, responsible for teachers’ education standards, licensing and oversight, which will be cost neutral for teachers.
Education / Childcare Implement standards tests and three stages during kindergarten to Grade 12 math and language arts programs. Results of standards tests will be worth no more than 10 per cent of a student's final grade. Results for individual students will be available to parents, and summary results will be used by administrators; otherwise, results will not be published.
Education / Childcare Establish a provincewide report card system with clear, measurable criteria.
Education / Childcare Strengthen the "schools of choice" policy by ensuring resources follow the student to their school of choice, giving schools more incentive to attract students to their classrooms.
Environment Eliminate the provincial sales tax from purchases of bicycles.
Environment Spend $3 million over the next five years towards the City of Winnipeg’s plan to create a network of bike paths.
Crime Create a new Department of Public Safety - separate from the Department of Justice – that would focus on policing, public safety programs, public security measures, victims' services, correctional services and rehabilitative opportunities for offenders.
Crime Require all provincial court judge nominees to face an interview process, in full public view, before they’re hired. The interview, conducted publicly by a legislative committee, would test their qualifications, views on law and on the role of judges.
Crime Include representatives from both police and victims’ organizations in the process to nominate provincial court judges.
Crime Hire six new judges and two case managers.
Crime Increase the budget to the courts by 25 per cent over the first two years of a Tory mandate.
Crime Add 150 new uniformed officers for the City of Winnipeg over four years. Hire 10 new police officers for Brandon, particularly to combat gang issues in the city. Add 30 new officers to the RCMP.
Crime Hire 50 new support staff and criminal analysts.
Crime Create a special "crime corridor" unit to complement the RCMP consisting of 32 specially trained sheriffs to patrol Manitoba's deadliest highways.
Environment Require all government fleet vehicles to use biofuels.
Environment Provide low-interest loans to assist in the development of biodiesel production facilities.
Environment Maintain the fuel tax exemptions on biofuel products.
Crime Create a Police College and Recruitment Centre to train municipal bylaw enforcement officers, special constables, sheriffs, municipal policing, as well as private security and resource officers.
Crime Use special constables in schools under the direction of a Safe Schools Police Unit. The officers would have specific training in emergency preparedness and conflict resolution.
Crime Conduct a review of the Provincial Police Act to incorporate minimum training standards for police and special constables.
Crime Allow cameras in courtrooms.
Education / Childcare Implement a guaranteed increase in unit funding to child-care centres of two per cent annually for each of the next five years.
Education / Childcare Invest $3 million over two years for new child-care spaces.
Education / Childcare Invest $3 million in capital funding for the expansion and creation of child care facilities.
Crime Hire 25 new prosecutors and "beef up" salaries.

 

The Liberals have vowed to…

Environment Make the installation of low-flow faucets and toilets mandatory in new construction.
Environment Implement a ban on winter spreading of human and animal waste.
misc Set up a fund to help small- and medium-sized businesses with startup costs and research on new products and services.
Taxes Reduce personal income taxes to help Manitoba companies attract workers.
misc Increase research and development investments to bring Manitoba up to or above the Canadian average.
Health Legislate an enforceable "patients' bill of rights" to guarantee timely access to health care, as set by a medical standards quality council.
Health Authorize an an enforcement office with the ability to send patients to other jurisdictions for immediate care if they don't receive treatment within a mandated time.
Health Remove "bracket creep" from the provincial Pharmacare deductible system to ensure drug costs remain affordable.
Health Work to reduce wait times for cataract surgery from the 15-week average currently experienced in Winnipeg.
Health Speed up the drug-approval process.
Housing Double the funds available to low-income seniors under the Shelter Allowance For Elderly Renters (SAFER) program, an increase of $1.7 million.
Taxes Increase the funds available to low-income seniors under the 55 PLUS income supplement program by 50 per cent and streamline the program’s application process, at a cost of $2.2 million.
Taxes Commit to fair cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) to the pension plans of retired teachers and retired health-care workers.
Crime Expand Community Youth Justice Committees across the province.
Crime Use electronic GPS ankle bracelets to track offenders.
Crime Deter car thieves by banning repeat offenders from receiving a driver’s licence for life.
Health Create a "network of care" to support people with mental illnesses and mental disabilities, with affordable outpatient housing, social and employment assistance, and assertive community treatment.
Health Overhaul the Manitoba Mental Health Act.
Health Improve emergency room resources to deal with mental-health crises and provide enhanced initial assessment training for ER nurses and doctors.
Health Improve mental-health education in Manitoba schools and emphasize mental wellness through diet, exercise, sunlight, and community support.
Health Spend up to $2.5 million to implement the economic development measures outlined in the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce’s report "Selling Winnipeg to the World."
Education / Childcare Reinstate up-front grants and bursaries for stay-in-Manitoba students, and create a bursary fund for low-income students to ensure that no student is barred from access to post-secondary education for financial reasons.
Education / Childcare Provide free transit passes for university students.
Education / Childcare Increase core funding to universities and community colleges, investing in new technology, libraries and infrastructure.
Education / Childcare Limit annual increases in tuition, ancillary fees, and other campus fees to the annual rate of inflation for all post-secondary students, including graduate and international students.
Health Create a blame-free reporting system in the medical field, and establish a provincial Medical Procedure Improvement Team to ensure action is taken to prevent recurrences of medical errors and critical incidents.
Health Invest in new information technology and electronic networks to improve provincial consistency in patient records and communication between family physicians and acute and long-term care facilities.
Health Legislate an Apology Act modeled on that of British Columbia that will help reduce the pressure on health-care workers to deny or hide medical errors and critical incidents for fear of legal repercussions.
Health Create best practice networks among family physicians to improve procedures and reduce errors.
Health Create province-wide multidisciplinary specialist care teams to set province-wide best practices and standards for preventing health problems and for care.
misc Make it easier and faster for new Manitobans to gain accreditation in their trained occupations.
Environment Build an alternative water treatment facility for the City of Winnipeg that would save taxpayers $600 million over the NDP's plan.
Environment Ban phosphorous from dishwasher detergents in Manitoba.
Environment Put an environmental levy on cosmetic fertilizers, with the money spent on cleaning up Manitoba lakes.
Environment Commit additional provincial funding for improved transit to downtown Brandon based on discussions with the City of Brandon and Brandon Transit in the first 90 days of a Liberal government.
Environment Increase transit ridership by further reducing fares for seniors and post-secondary students.
misc Explore the option of working with the City of Brandon, Brandon University, Assiniboine Community College (ACC), Brandon Chamber of Commerce, and Westman businesses to turn the former ACC site into a business incubator.
Education / Childcare Provide an additional $3 million to child-care facilities to hire 100 new child-care workers.
Education / Childcare Spend $3.2 million to give every existing child-care worker in Manitoba a $1,000 raise in annual salary.
Education / Childcare Provide a $3 million facility upgrade and renovation fund for physical improvements to child care sites across the province.
Education / Childcare Double the provincial Child Related Income Supplement for low income families from $30 per month to $60 per month.
Education / Childcare Screen all children who enter Child and Family Services care for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and other medical conditions in order to adapt the fostering so the child receives the best care possible.
Education / Childcare Enhancing the training and remuneration for certified foster parents.
Education / Childcare Extending the "aging out" of children in care from 16-18 to 16-21 using an improved transitional period where care is gradually reduced and not immediately cut-off.
Education / Childcare Implement a Foster Child Tutoring and Mentoring Program to help increase foster childrens’ chances for successful completion of high school.
Education / Childcare Measure outcomes for children in care on an ongoing basis and use the information to facilitate continuous improvements to the foster care system.
misc Expand Manitoba Hydro's mandate to include co-operative work with the province’s private sector to develop other forms of energy such as wind, bio-diesel, geo-thermal and solar.
misc Establish a public commission into the future of Manitoba Hydro to conduct a grassroots public review of the future direction of Manitoba Hydro and how the public utility can best serve Manitobans in the future.
misc Screen all government appointments to Manitoba Hydro’s board of directors by a review committee of the Manitoba legislature to ensure the highest-quality people are selected as board members.
Environment Expand Western Manitoba’s successful Alternate Land Use Services (ALUS) pilot program provincewide within four years.The ALUS program currently pays farmers in the rural municipality of Blanchard for maintaining or enhancing lands that provide environmental services, including water, wildlife conservation and carbon dioxide sequestration.
Environment Provide a partial subsidy for testing biodiesel quality.
Health Establish a provincewide specialist network for bone and joint care that reports directly to the province. The network would set provincial standards for care, and co-ordinate call and operating schedules throughout Manitoba.
Crime Create a dedicated police unit to help protect sexually exploited children in Manitoba.
Housing Provide 24-hour on-site security patrols and fully working closed-circuit television monitoring for all Manitoba Housing facilities.
Housing Provide funding for optional meal, exercise and health programs for Manitoba Housing tenants.
Housing Hire six new investigators under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act to crack down on drug dealing and gang-related activity in publicly subsidized housing complexes.
Taxes Make up to half the interest on mortgage payments tax deductible for first-time homeowners.
Education / Childcare End the wait lists to get into Red River College.
Environment Commit $75 million in immediate provincial funding for high-speed transit, including the option of light rail, based on discussions with the City of Winnipeg, in the first 90 days of a Liberal government.
Environment Increase transit ridership, starting in the first year with free transit passes on weekends for seniors and post-secondary students and reduced fares for seniors and post-secondary students on weekdays.
Environment Require large industrial hog plants and other malodorous operations to be located outside of municipal limits.
Housing Direct new Manitoba Housing facilities be built using a mixed-income co-operative model with both publicly subsidized units and open-market-value units available to co-operative residents.
Housing Give Manitoba Housing tenants the option of using their housing allowance under social assistance to "buy in" to co-operative housing as a resident-owner.
Housing Increase provincial investment in the renovation and preventative maintenance of existing Manitoba Housing facilities to $100 million for those facilities that establish a business plan to move towards greater tenant management and/or co-operative ownership.
Health Guarantee same-day access to a family doctor.
Health Work with family doctors to develop a provincewide electronic medical communication network for medical records.
Education / Childcare Develop a provincewide application of the Seine River School Division’s senior year apprenticeship program model.
Education / Childcare Implement a customized "Pathways to Education" program for the high schools that have the top 10 dropout rates in the province.
Education / Childcare Ensure Advanced Placement programs are available to students in every school division.
Taxes Move toward having the provincial government fund 80 per cent of the cost of public education, with the remaining 20 per cent coming from school taxes on property — a change from the 60-40 split currently in effect.
misc Make Manitoba a "have" province — so that it does not receive federal equalization payments — by 2020.
Taxes Phase out the payroll tax over the term of a Liberal government.
misc Establish an Enterprise Incubator Fund that would assist small and medium-sized businesses with initial start-up costs while minimizing risk to the public accounts.
misc Call a public inquiry into the collapse of the Crocus Investment Fund.

 

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