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Promise tracker: Manitoba party pledges ahead of the Oct. 3 election

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Manitoba voters go to the polls on Oct. 3. Here's a look at some of the promises announced by the three major parties:

Progressive Conservatives

  • Cut in half, over four years, the rate applied to the bottom personal income-tax bracket, which could save 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 within 10 days of being re-elected.
  • Phase out the province's payroll tax for businesses over eight years. The tax charges employers a percentage of their total annual payroll except for those with payrolls below $2 million a year, which are exempt.
  • Eliminate the land transfer tax for first-time homebuyers, potentially saving them roughly $5,700 for the average home.
  • Give senior homeowners, regardless of their income, the ability to defer some or all of their property taxes until they sell their homes.
  • Introduce a $500 tax credit for people who use mobility aids such as walkers and wheelchairs.
  • Increase the provincial income tax rebate on the first $200 given to a registered charity to 20 per cent from 10.8 per cent. Rebate contribution amounts above $200 would jump to 25 per cent from 17.4 per cent.
  • Permanently cut in half rental fees for agricultural Crown lands and triple funding for adviser service districts.
  • Remove the provincial sales tax on the purchase of trees and flowers.
  • Balance the budget within the next term.

New Democrats

  • Open four new family medical centres in Winnipeg and one in Brandon that would be staffed with a team of emergency room doctors, nurses and technologists.
  • Temporarily suspend the provincial fuel tax until inflation subsides.
  • Freeze hydroelectric rates for one year.
  • Reopen the emergency room departments at the Victoria General, Concordia and Seven Oak General hospitals that were turned into urgent care centres in 2017.
  • Build a new emergency room at the Eriksdale hospital in the Interlake region. The emergency department temporarily shut down last year due to staffing shortages but has since reopened with limited hours.
  •  More government contract work for bidders and workers in the province.
  • Help existing medical clinics expand to offer a range of medical services including mental-health workers, social workers and pharmacists.
  • Hire 600 more nurses and end mandatory overtime for all nurses.
  • Committed to searching the Prairie Green landfill for the remains of slain Indigenous women Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran. Has not pledged a specific dollar amount to the search.
  • Balance the budget within the next term.


  • Establish a minimum income for people over 60 and people with disabilities.
  • Allocate bonus pay of between $5,000 and $10,000 for all front-line health-care workers.
  • Set up a provincial business development bank so businesses could access capital more easily.
  • Medicare coverage for people who need to access mental health services.
  • Eliminate the top 80 per cent of education property tax rebates the government issues annually while continuing the rebates to the bottom 20 per cent of properties.
  • Return an estimated $338 million in federal child benefits that the Manitoba government clawed backed from Indigenous children in the care of child and family services.
  • Provide stable funding for education and create a $300-million-a-year fund to pay for climate change initiatives.
  • Fund a search of the Prairie Green landfill on a 50/50 basis with the federal government with an initial commitment of $42 million.

   This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 13, 2023. Top Stories

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