Manitoba election: Tory platform 'nothing but cuts,' says NDP Leader Greg Selinger

Manitoba's Progressive Conservative Party's platform is nothing but cuts, according to New Democratic Party Leader Greg Selinger.

Selinger made the remark before media at the St. Norbert Farmers' Market in Winnipeg on Saturday

Manitoba's Progressive Conservative Party's platform is nothing but cuts, according to New Democratic Party Leader Greg Selinger. 2:50

Manitoba's Progressive Conservative Party's platform is nothing but cuts, according to New Democratic Party Leader Greg Selinger.

Selinger made the remark before media at the St. Norbert Farmers' Market in Winnipeg on Saturday morning. Criticizing the PC's election platform, Selinger said if party leader Brian Pallister is elected, it would mean about $140 million in cuts to the province.
Manitoba New Democratic Party Leader Greg Selinger, second from left, at the St. Norbert Farmers' Market in Winnipeg on Saturday. (CBC)

"We need to make sure the roads are looked after; the potholes are filled, the young people have good jobs in Manitoba and everyone has the chance to participate in our economy," he said.

On Friday, Conservative Leader Brian Pallister released his party's platform, which includes a plan to save approximately $50 million annually within the government.

Pallister described the plan as a way to cut the province's deficit, but Selinger said it ultimately translates to cuts in infrastructure and a loss of jobs.

Investing strategically will protect schools and hospitals, too, he said.
Brian Pallister and his conservatives released the PC party's platform on Friday. It includes approximately $50 million in government savings annually. (CBC)

"When you have the lowest unemployment rate in Canada; one of the best economies in Canada, why would we put that at risk at this time in our history?" Selinger said on Saturday.

"This is the most important time to keep it going in a steady direction to make sure we are working on behalf of all Manitobans."

Selinger said for Manitoba families, the choice should be an easy one.

The province's general election is scheduled for April 19.

with files from Courtney Rutherford

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