WINNIPEG, MAN. – Manitobans go to the polls on Tuesday. Here’s a look at some of the promises announced by the province’s three major parties over the past month:
- Stand firm in the government’s decision not to search the Prairie Green landfill for the remains of slain First Nations women Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran, citing safety concerns.
- Cut in half the rate applied to the bottom personal income-tax bracket, saving the average person earning $50,000 in annual income $1,900 per year when fully implemented in 2028.
- Remove the federally imposed carbon price on the natural gas portion of hydro bills.
- Eliminate the land transfer tax for first-time homebuyers, saving about $5,700 on the average home.
- Spend $120 million over four years to recruit health-care workers.
- Provide up to $10 million in capital funding to develop of a First Nations-operated addiction centre in Winnipeg.
- Commit to searching the Prairie Green landfill, without pledging a specific funding amount.
- Make the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Sept. 30, a statutory holiday in the province.
- Open four family medical centres in Winnipeg and one in Brandon staffed with emergency room doctors, nurses and technologists.
- Temporarily suspend the provincial fuel tax until inflation subsides.
- Freeze hydroelectric rates for one year.
- Lift the provincial sales tax on the construction of new rental units.
- Fund a search of the Prairie Green landfill on a 50/50 basis with the federal government, with an initial commitment of $42 million.
- Make the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation a statutory holiday.
- Establish a minimum income for people over 60 and people with disabilities.
- Allocate bonus pay of between $5,000 and $10,000 for front-line health-care workers.
- Provide medicare coverage for people who need access to mental health services.
- Create a $300-million-a-year fund to pay for climate change initiatives.
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