Some of the key promises in the Manitoba election campaign for Tuesday's vote
NDP Leader Greg Selinger, left to right, Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari, Green Party Leader James Beddome and Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister take part in the provincial leaders' debate in Winnipeg on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, April 17, 2016 12:27PM EDT
WINNIPEG -- Voters head to the polls Tuesday in Manitoba. Here is a look at some of the promises the three main parties have made over the course of the campaign:
- Cut ambulance fees in half, create 1,000 new personal care home beds and expand hours and locations of QuickCare clinics to reduce pressure on emergency rooms.
- Spend more than $1 billion a year on infrastructure, replace red lights on perimeter highway around Winnipeg with overpasses and develop long-term plan to remove rail lines from Winnipeg.
- Replace student loans with grants, provide free tuition for students in child welfare up to age 25 and create 12,000 new child-care spaces.
- Continued deficits until at least 2021.
- Reduce provincial sales tax to seven per cent from eight per cent, raise income tax brackets with inflation, join the New West Partnership trade agreement with other western provinces.
- Spend at least $1 billion a year on infrastructure, increase tourism promotion and create special business plan for the north.
- Cut ambulance fees in half, set up a task force to find ways to cut health-care wait times and fast-track construction of 1,200 new personal care home beds.
- Increase operating funds for licensed family child-care spaces, make up to $20 million available for scholarships and bursaries with private sector, develop a program that focuses on literacy in elementary schools.
- Announce a target date for ending deficits once the party has updated budget figures.
- A dedicated health unit to treat strokes, mental-health care covered under medicare and free ambulance rides for low-income seniors.
- Student loans converted to grants, full-day kindergarten.
- Private liquor stores would be allowed, property taxes on condominiums would be reduced and ride-hailing services such as Uber would be allowed.
- Municipalities would get one per cent of provincial sales tax for infrastructure and also a full sales tax rebate on goods they purchased.
- The province would move to proportional representation and 10 per cent of legislature seats would be set aside for indigenous people.
- Continued deficits until 2022.