2019 Manitoba

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The policies outlined below are incomplete and will be updated as we approach the election so be sure to check in with us before the big day. This was put together by humans and is therefore imperfect. If you spot something missing or that appears biased please let us know through the “bull” button. Thank you, and happy choosing!

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Arts & Culture

  • Increase the film and video tax credit by $25 million over four years (5,32,35)

Arts & Culture

  • We have not identified any positions on this topic. Please send us a link if you find their policy!

Arts & Culture

  • Create a cultural capital fund by earmarking 2.5% of existing infrastructure spending, approximately $25 million per year, for cultural infrastructure (44)
  • Increase per capita arts funding by $4 million in the first year (44)

Arts & Culture

  • We have not identified any positions on this topic. Please send us a link if you find their policy!

Climate Change

  • Oppose any form of carbon tax (4)
  • Provide $25 million in annual energy-efficiency retrofit rebates for existing homes and commercial buildings (4)
  • Increase the minimum percentage of biofuels in diesel to 5% from 2%. For gasoline, the minimum percentage of ethanol would rise to 10% from 8.5% (56)

Climate Change

  • Work with the federal government on a carbon tax (2)
  • End oil and gas subsidies and ban oil and gas fracking in Manitoba (2)
  • Generate green jobs in Manitoba Hydro by installing geothermal and solar capacity, and begin to transition Hydro into a renewable energy company (2)

Climate Change

  • Renegotiate the federal carbon tax with a plan that maintains a direct payment to individuals while also creating a green investment fund (43)
  • Make Manitoba carbon neutral by 2030 (42,43)
  • Establish a tree nursery to provide low-cost or free seedlings to families, businesses, and municipalities, and encourage Manitobans to plant six trees each (42)
  • Create a fund of $20 million per year to allow for research and development in green fuels, wilderness restoration, and carbon storage (43)

Climate Change

  • Introduce a $50 per tonne carbon tax by 2020, increasing by $10 each subsequent year; the revenue generated will be used to reduce taxes and to support the Made-in-Manitoba Climate & Green Fund, which will fund other green initiatives (7,21)
  • Support only commercial development that demonstrates a strong commitment to preserving and protecting ecosystems (21)
  • Strengthen and enforce regulations that stop pollution from all sources, with a focus on mining and fossil fuel operations (21)
  • Promote the use of electric vehicles in Manitoba through fee-bate programs, government fleet purchases, subsidized Manitoba-made electric buses, and more charging stations (29)

Childcare

  • Create 3,000 new childcare spaces, including more private childcare centres, over the next four years (3)
  • Create a portable childcare benefit, which will apply to the family's childcare option of choice and provide up to $500 per month for 3,000 lower-income families (3)

Childcare

  • Create new childcare spaces in order to remove the waitlist by 2029 (7)
  • Bring the childcare system under the jurisdiction of the Department of Education (2)

Childcare

  • Create 2,250 new childcare spaces per year (38)
  • Move early childhood education from under the Department of Families to the Department of Education and increase its annual budget by $33 million (38)
  • Increase wages to recruit and retain more early childhood educators (38)

Childcare

  • Create new childcare spaces (24)
  • Ensure that the costs of childcare do not exceed 10% of household income (24)

Economy & Employment

  • Implement faster permitting systems for commercial space, industrial facilities, and residential real estate (5)
  • Reduce regulations for breweries and distilleries (5)
  • Add 40,000 new private sector jobs through the Manitoba Works jobs plan (5)

Economy & Employment

  • Increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour and lift the public sector wage freeze (2,7)
  • Maintain current timeline to return to balance, as in the 2019 Manitoba budget (2)
  • Create jobs in northern Manitoba by using the Mining Community Reserve Fund (2)
  • Issue more people in key professions, like nurses, doctors, and engineers, with return of service agreements so that they stay and work in areas where they are needed (2)
  • Improve workplace health and safety standards (2)

Economy & Employment

  • Raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour within two years of being elected (37)
  • Create a publicly owned Manitoba business development bank, which would provide investments to Manitoban start-ups, scale-ups, co-ops, social enterprises, and farming (45)
  • Oppose any privatization of public assets and services (46,47)
  • Introduce procurement policies and a shop local campaign to make it easier for local businesses to sell to the Manitoba government (48)
  • Institute Manitoba Works for Good, a voluntary work program that would pay individuals to do jobs in the public interest as an alternative to EIA or basic income (37)

Economy & Employment

  • Repealthe Public Services Sustainability Act, undoing the freeze on public sector wages and allowing the right to engage in collective bargaining (22)
  • Implement a 35-hour work week (25)
  • Replace jobs lost during the transition away from fossil fuels with long-term jobs with social and environmental benefits (25)
  • Stop subsidizing polluting industries (25)

Education

  • Build 20 schools over the next 20 years (6)
  • Update the anti-addictions curriculum and engage students in learning prevention and outcomes related to substance abuse in grades 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, and 11 (16)

Education

  • Freeze tuition growth to inflation (2)
  • Keep student loans interest-free (2)
  • Help rural, northern, and Indigenous students by restoring the ACCESS bursary (2)
  • Restore the cap on class sizes in grades K-3 to 20 students and increase the number of educational assistants (2)
  • Improve supports in schools, such as mental health supports and healthy food (2)
  • Restore the Assistant Deputy Minister in the Bureau de

Education

  • Increase funding to the Access Program by $5 million dollars in the first year and broaden the eligibility requirements. This program provides academic and financial support to university students (57)
  • Freeze tuition and increase funding to Universities and Colleges by $12 million dollars (57)
  • Start a program for improved access to psychological therapies to train councillors to provide psychological services to students (57)

Education

  • Introduce an income-contingent repayment plan for post-secondary education (30)
  • Increase direct financial support for post-secondary students through a basic income (23)
  • Put into place programming and services that are designed to specifically address the in-school social, physical, and emotional needs of children and youth living in poverty (30)
  • Reduce wait times for the assessment of students with learning disabilities (30)

Environment & Parks

  • We have not identified any positions on this topic. Please send us a link if you find their policy!

Environment & Parks

  • Work with municipalities to protect waterways and improve surface water protections (2)

Environment & Parks

  • Create 50,000 hectares of new wilderness, including urban forests and the conversion of the Red River Floodway into grasslands (42,43)
  • Clean Lake Winnipeg by cutting the North End Sewage Treatment Plant's phosphorus emissions by 70% at a cost of $5 million, provided the City of Winnipeg agrees (46)
  • Create a new $7 million fund to pay for remediation of soil and the environment in communities with lead contamination (41)

Environment & Parks

  • Upgrade WInnipeg's sewage treatment system to prevent diluted raw effluent from being spilled into the Red River (27)
  • Protect government-owned wetlands by prohibiting further wetland drainage and ensuring that all public right-of-ways preserve as much natural wetland habitat as possible (27)

First Nations

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First Nations

  • Work with Indigenous communities before major projects begin (2)
  • Create a jobs fund for Indigenous communities by implementing resource revenue sharing agreements, starting by negotiating a deal on a gaming fund (2)
  • Support the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, starting by reforming the child welfare system to recognize the right of Indigenous children to grow up in Indigenous households (2)
  • Establish the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Committee of Cabinet, led by Indigenous women, which will work with families to implement recommendations from the national inquiry (2)

First Nations

  • We have not identified any positions on this topic. Please send us a link if you find their policy!

First Nations

  • Implement the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that are within provincial jurisdiction, and push for their implementation at a national level (28)
  • Provide adequate resources to enable Indigenous communities and child welfare organizations to keep families together where it is safe to do so (28)
  • Ensure that culturally appropriate services are offered across all sectors, including healthcare, education, and justice (28)

Food & Agriculture

  • We have not identified any positions on this topic. Please send us a link if you find their policy!

Food & Agriculture

  • Create a task force to find new international markets for canola, pork, and other producers (2)
  • Help young agricultural producers by reviewing Crown land policies (2)

Food & Agriculture

  • Create a publicly owned Manitoba Business Development Bank, which would provide investments to farmers (45)

Food & Agriculture

  • Redirect government assistance towards new and smaller farmers (29)
  • Create a land bank to provide retiring farmers with new succession opportunities and help make land affordable to new farmers (29)
  • End farmland school taxation (29)
  • Direct government procurement towards Manitoban agricultural products (29)
  • Ensure that farm employees receive the same protections as in any other industry, including employment, labour, safety, and workers' compensation (25)
  • Mandate the strengthening and enforcement of manure management regulations for hog barns, chicken barns and feedlots in the Red River Basin to eliminate manure run-off (27)

Healthcare & Addiction Treatment

  • Build a new emergency room at St. Boniface Hospital (19)
  • Invest an additional $2 billion in healthcare over the next 4 years (19)
  • Improve mental health support and addiction services by: creating a new acute medical sobering facility that will treat 20 to 30 patients at a time, adding enhanced flexible-length withdrawal services in Winnipeg, building another Access to Addictions Medicine (RAAM) clinic in the Southern Health-Santé Sud region, and creating additional supportive recovery housing units (16)

Healthcare & Addiction Treatment

  • Reopen the emergency departments at Seven Oaks and Concordia Hospitals (1)
  • Never introduce healthcare premiums (2)
  • Hire up to 500 new nurses (1)
  • Create a new ministry in charge of mental health and addictions and boost funding for treatment (1)
  • Reinstate coverage for outpatient physiotherapy and sleep apnea treatment (1)
  • Introduce evidence-based measures to combat addictions, including a safe consumption site (3.5 million per year), managed alcohol program, and new facilities (2)

Healthcare & Addiction Treatment

  • Reopen the emergency departments at Seven Oaks, Concordia, and Victoria Hospitals (50)
  • Restore the Special Drugs Program, which paid the total cost of many necessary drugs, including insulin and cystic fibrosis medication (52)
  • Cover the costs of psychological assessments and treatments for children with learning and behavioural disabilities (54)
  • Implement Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) to increase the availability of mental health services, treating an estimated 10,000 Manitobans per year. The cost would be $12 million over the first three years, followed by $7 million per year (54,55)
  • Establish a psychological trauma centre (54)
  • Change hip and knee replacements to operate on a patient-based funding model to increase availability (39,40)

Healthcare & Addiction Treatment

  • Provide universal basic dental and vision care to all children 12 years and younger (22)
  • Commit 10% of health funding to mental health supports and services (22)
  • Provide publically funded conception planning and ensure access to abortion services across the province (22)
  • Allocate 2% of total healthcare spending to support best-practice preventative programs (22)
  • Eliminate mandatory overtime for healthcare professionals (22)
  • Increase residential addictions treatment beds (22)

Housing

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Housing

  • Work with the federal government to build more affordable housing, invest in transitional housing and shelters for victims of domestic violence, and rebalance the appeals system to be more fair to renters (2)
  • Cut land transfer taxesby $1,000 for first-time buyers and people with disabilities (7)

Housing

  • We have not identified any positions on this topic. Please send us a link if you find their policy!

Housing

  • Increase the supply of affordable housing through cooperatives and community-supported projects (24)

Immigration & Refugees

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Immigration & Refugees

  • Partner with the federal government to enhance English-language services for newcomers while phasing out the $500 application fee for the Provincial Nominee Program (2)

Immigration & Refugees

  • Create a new family reunification stream of the Provincial Nominee Program and remove the $500 fee (36)

Immigration & Refugees

  • We have not identified any positions on this topic. Please send us a link if you find their policy!

Infrastructure & Transport

  • Increase funding for provincial highways program from $350 million to $400 million over four years with dedicated funds for infrastructure projects that enable private sector job creation (5)

Infrastructure & Transport

  • Reinstate 50-50 provincial funding for municipal transit agencies (2)
  • Spend $6.64 billion on roads,bridges, schools, and hospitals, creating 50,000 jobs (7)
  • Create a centre of excellence for infrastructure innovation (2)
  • Make significant infrastructure investments in Brandon (2)
  • Bring in laws that better protect consumers and make cell phone bills more affordable, and improve cell coverage in rural communities (2)
  • Strengthen legislation that prevents the privatization of Manitoba Hydro (2)

Infrastructure & Transport

  • Restore 50-50 provincial funding for municipal transit agencies (53)
  • Match all federal funds for infrastructure spending (53)
  • Assist municipalities with the electrification of bus fleets, capitalizing on Manitoba manufacturers (53)

Infrastructure & Transport

  • Introduce a fare-free public transit system (24)
  • Restore bus service to rural and northern communities (31)
  • Invest in cycling infrastructure (29)

Law & Justice

  • Invest $8 million to help police combat gangs and drug dealers (16)
  • Invest $2.8 million to help the RCMP reduce rural crime (20)
  • Launch a Crime Stoppers blitz in Winnipeg and provide more cash for drug tips (16)
  • Expand use of civil forfeiture to seize suspected drug money and related assets (16)

Law & Justice

  • We have not identified any positions on this topic. Please send us a link if you find their policy!

Law & Justice

  • Create a provincially run police service to address gaps in policing in the northern and rural parts of the province, and support the RCMP in major crimes investigations (49)
  • Invest in triage for mental health and addictions resources so that police can focus on criminals and ensure that people experiencing mental health and addictions crises can be treated safely (49)

Law & Justice

  • Develop and fund a restorative justice program, to be funded by at least 5% of the total budget for the Department of Justice (28,31)
  • Increase investment in mental health courts and drug treatment courts (31)
  • Support the development of a court system designed specifically for individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (28)

Natural Resources

  • Provide funds to stimulate mineral exploration in the north (5)

Natural Resources

  • Support mining jobs in northern Manitoba by granting multi-year mining permits (2)

Natural Resources

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Natural Resources

  • Require that all woodland operations, including logging, be done in a way that ensures the regeneration of the affected forest (27)
  • Ban the mining of peat lands, uranium mining and exploration, and fracking (27)

Politics & Governance Reforms

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Politics & Governance Reforms

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Politics & Governance Reforms

  • Restore funding to municipalities that were previously cut and share 25% of cannabis revenues (49)

Politics & Governance Reforms

  • Implement a mixed-member proportional electoral system (26)
  • Lower the voting age to 16 years (26)
  • Allow for more free votes, or votes in which MLAs are not required to vote with their party, in the legislature (26)
  • Require the premier to hold at least two town hall meetings and each government department to hold at least one public forum within each twelve-month period following the forming of government (26)
  • Require the public release of the full cost of all significant new government initiatives before they are implemented (26)

Senior Citizens

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Senior Citizens

  • Increase the capacity of personal care homesfor seniors, including an 80-bed expansion at Winnipeg's Park Manor at a cost of $21.3 million (7)

Senior Citizens

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Senior Citizens

  • Increase the capacity of housing and support options for seniors (22)
  • Support active-living programming for seniors and increase investments in the areas of injury prevention, health promotion, and chronic disease management (22)
  • Enact new legislation requiring the courts and the Pension Commission of Manitoba to apply trust law to protect pension trust funds and earnings (24)

Social Services

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Social Services

  • Expand ACCESS Centre hours so that all ACCESS Centres are open on Saturdays and Sundays(7)
  • Develop a provincial disability strategy to address issues such as transportation, access to technology, and housing. These will complement the Accessibility for Manitobans Act (2)

Social Services

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Social Services

  • Reduce wait times for residential services for families with adult children with intellectual disabilities (22)
  • Hire additional child welfare workers in order to decrease caseloads to a maximum of 20 children per worker (28)
  • Restore the cuts made to Rent Assist (24)

Sociocultural Issues

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Sociocultural Issues

  • Bring in free feminine hygiene products in schools (7)

Sociocultural Issues

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Sociocultural Issues

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Taxation

  • Commit to saving the average Manitoba taxpayer $2,020 over the next four years with the initiatives listed below (17)
  • Reduced the PST from 8% to 7%, which took effect on July 1, 2019 (8,9)
  • Index the basic personal allowance and personal income tax brackets to inflation (17)
  • Remove PST from home and rental insurance, personal services, and services assisting with the preparation of tax forms (7,8,11,10,12,13,15)
  • Remove probate fees and PST on professional fees related to the preparation of wills (7,14)
  • Reduce passenger vehicle registration fees by 30%, approximately $35 per year (18)

Taxation

  • Continue to index personal income tax brackets and basic personal allowance to inflation (2)
  • Increase taxes for individuals
  • earning over $250,000 and use those funds to invest in public
  • services (2)
  • Increase the small business
  • tax threshold to allow an estimated 2,000 more small businesses to pay no income

Taxation

  • Introduce a basic income based on a negative income taxation model, which tops up income if the individual is under a certain income threshold (37)
  • Create an independent commission to review Manitoba tax system and remove special tax breaks (46)

Taxation

  • Introduce a basic income of $7,200 for a single-adult family and $10,180 for a two-adult family for all Manitobans with an income of less than $53,333 for a single-adult family or $75,407 for a two-adult family, to be paid for by cancelling many existing tax credits and through the introduction of a carbon tax (23)
  • Reduce the lowest tax bracket rate from 10.8% to 9.56% and reduce the bracket from a maximum of $32,670 to $32,000 (23)
  • Reduce the middle tax bracket rate from 12.75% to 11.5% and reduce the bracket from a maximum of $70,610 to $69,000 (23)
  • Increase the top tax bracket rate from 17.4% to 19.0% and reduce the bracket from a minimum of $70,610 to $69,000 (23)
  • Increase PST on junk food and use the revenue to increase funding on health promotion initiatives (22)

Technology & Innovation

  • Develop a new broadband strategy to expand access throughout northern Manitoba (5)

Technology & Innovation

  • Expand broadband throughout the province (2)
  • Convene an annual tech summit with education leaders, entrepreneurs, and labour to ensure appropriate training for new jobs (2)

Technology & Innovation

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Technology & Innovation

  • Ensure that rural and northern broadband includes local service providers to increase competition of phone and internet service (31)

Tourism

  • Increase the support of Travel Manitoba, which promotes the tourism industry, from 4% to 5% of the provincial revenues from tourism, or approximately $3 million per year (5,33,34)

Tourism

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Tourism

  • Create a Blue Plaque heritage program in partnership with Travel Manitoba, which will recognize historic and cultural figures and sites across the province (44)

Tourism

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