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Promises, promises

Do you know yet how you’re going to vote on October 4? Let us help you. We're posting the major parties' campaign pledges below to help you understand how the parties line up on the issues. Check back as the campaign progresses to see how the parties' platforms grow - and look us up after the election to see if the winning party follows through on its promises.

Greg Selinger NDP Hugh McFayden PC Jon Gerard Liberal James Beddome Green
Crime
  • Make communities safer with more police, faster prosecutions and tougher consequences.
  • Weekend courts to improve prosecution times
  • New penalties for people who threaten cops and firefighters by booby-trapping meth labs and grow ops.
  • $13 million to hire 50 more cops and 25 more police cadets for Winnipeg and an equal number for rural and northern Manitoba.
  • $4.6 million Safer Communities Strategy
  • Fifteen new cops dedicated to illegal gun enforcement
  • New K-9 training centre of excellence for Winnipeg Police Service
  • Re-establish the Winnipeg Police Service gang database
  • Give MPI investigators the same powers as police to go after criminal gangs that specialize in staged accidents and fake claims. Most of the unit is already made up of former police officers.
  • Make 30 new police in Manitoba permanent; these positions are funded by Ottawa but only for five years.
  • Hire 53 new crown attorneys in five years (rather than the current government's plan for hiring them over six years) and hire five more to specifically handle gun cases.
  • Connect Manitoba law enforcement agencies with the Canadian Intelligence Service - Manitoba
  • Use social media tools to publish "Manitoba's Most Wanted" on sites like Facebook
  • $5 million for a new facility for Osborne House and expand the use of GPS technology to improve safety for domestic violence victims.
  • $4.6 million for inner-city recreation centres and programming.
  • $1.2 million in Year one for addictions treatment to reduce wait lists for rehab.
  • Use more police cadets where feasible and expand the use of community Youth Justice Committees.
  • More judges and crown prosecutors.
  • Funding for a mental health court.
  • Shift from a punishment-based model of justice to a restorative, learning model.
  • Deal with the root causes of crime including poverty, inequality and lack of education.
  • Make provincial funding for police officers conditional on community based policing.
  • lobby Ottawa to implement community-based sentencing options for non-violent crimes.
Families
  • Guarantee Manitobans have lowest combined bills for home heating, electricity and auto insurance of anywhere in the country, requiring Crown corporations to establish rate stabilization funds to keep rates down.
  • extend $100 a month child care benefit from Ottawa for children under six to be paid by province from age six to 12. Cost about $108 million a year (but benefit is taxable so some would be recouped from taxes).
  • expand provincial fitness tax credit ($500 a year) to all Manitobans (currently limited to people up to age 24) and extend it to include gym memberships. Cost will be $20 million a year.
  • permanent home renovation tax credit for Manitobans to claim 10.8 per cent of renovation expenses between $1,500 and $6,500 a year. Maximum credit will be about $700 per family. Cost will be $32.5 million annually.
  • $44.5 million over five years for new daycare spaces.
  • Free urban public transit throughout Manitoba.
  • Implement a Universal Basic Income based on an official poverty line cutoff, replacing employment insurance, welfare etc.
Economy / Taxes
  • Expand jobs, education and training opportunities for people across Manitoba.
  • Keep life affordable for Manitoba families, from heating your home to insuring your car.
  • Increase small business threshold to $500,000 (the income level at which businesses start paying provincial tax).
  • Eliminate school taxes for seniors and farmland ($49 million).
  • Create a $30 million Manitoba Energy Jobs Fund providing low-interest loans to companies that manufacture parts for hydro dams, electrical transmission and alternative energy to help them expand and hire. Along with a new Energy Opportunities Office to promote local expansion in Manitoba's clean energy economy.
  • Will balance the budget by 2018.
  • Join the New West Partnership with Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia to lower trade barriers and increase trade and economic activity.
  • Increase the number of apprentices that receive training in Manitoba apprenticeship program.
  • Encourage post-secondary institutions to focus on market needs and practical training.
  • provide a 10 per cent training credit for businesses to be applied against an eligible company's total payroll tax.
  • Make the Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit permanent.
  • Ensure a clear credit transfer system is in place for students to transfer credits between post-secondary institutions.
  • Remove the current cap on business stream applications of the Provincial Nominee Program in order to attract more immigrants wanting to set up business here.
  • Pledge not to raise taxes for Manitoba families,
  • Implement targeted tax relief for families and targeted tax incentives to promote training, investment and innovation for Manitoba businesses.
  • Commitment to develop a new municipal funding model with the input of municipal leaders.
  • Eliminating waste and mismanagement and shifting those resources to support services Manitoba families count on.
  • Legislation to allow businesses to set their own Sunday shopping hours.
  • $1.9 million in first year to connect communities with broadband Internet access. Further investments so every Manitoba community has broadband access by 2015.
  • Promote local production of goods and services used in Manitoba.
  • Diversify the eocnomy to avoid over-reliance on any one industry or sector such as hog operations or hydro.
  • Implement a made in Manitoba purchasing policy for the provincial government.
  • Abandon export-oriented agriculture and forestry to ensure Manitobans benefit from Manitoba food and wood products.
  • Shift taxes from payroll to pollution.
  • Commit to balancing the budget, reducing the debt and being fiscally prudent.
  • Investigate the feasibility of a Manitoba owned bank.
  • Create a fossil-fuel tax to encourage conservation and help pay for transportation and related costs.
  • Adjust MPI fees to include a per-kilometre driven charge so people are paying insurance in proportion to their chances of causing or being involved in an accident.
  • Change the standard work week from 40 to 32 hours.
Rural Manitoba
  • Review crop insurance programs to ensure that they reflect the costs of producers.
  • Implement an Ecological Goods and Services program.
  • Exempt the purchase of value-added or processing agricultural machinery from the PST.
  • Make sure the milk tax does not proceed.
  • End the $2/head "cattle enhancement levy," an NDP tax on producers that has accomplished nothing to benefit the industry since it was introduced.
  • Implement programs to help farmers reduce or eliminate their use of natural-gas based fertilizers.
  • Invest in rail transportation.
  • Increase research funding and public education for organic and natural farming systems.
  • Redirect subsidies from larger farmers towards start-up and small farms.
  • Prevent the approval of new factory farms and phase out high-risk operations immediately.
  • Legislate against the introduction of genetically-modifed crops.
City of Winnipeg / Municipalities / Infrastructure
  • $65 million to repair and improve highways in the north including highway 6 and provincial roads 391 and 280.
  • Rebuild highway 10 between Bakers Narrows and Flin Flon.
  • five-year, $375-million Manitoba Strategic Investment Fund that all local governments in Manitoba, including Winnipeg, can access to support infrastructure projects of their choice.
  • Provide $40 million over four years to the City of Winnipeg to pave 384 gravel back lanes.
  • Eliminate wasteful spending to ensure more resources are available to support local governments.
  • Remove PST from professional services that were exempt prior to 2004 (like engineering and architecture).
  • Complete the development of CentrePort and ensure CentrePort has the infrastructure support it needs in order to succeed
  • Support Manitoba's current Highway Renewal Plan 2011-2015.
  • Maintain the current level of annual funding support for the City of Winnipeg over a four-year period to ensure continued support of the Winnipeg Police Service, Winnipeg Transit and other important municipal services.
  • Focus additional infrastructure resources to support international trading opportunities.
  • Commit to discussions with Manitoba's local governments to develop a new, long-term funding model to address the infrastructure funding challenge together.
  • Develop a commission to assess Manitoba's transportation infrastructure and its limitations on northern development.
  • Review provincial response to 2011 flood and provincial flood compensation.
  • Create a Water Management Committee of cabinet to restore long-term planning and coordinated water management decision making.
  • Upgrade flood forecasting resources.
  • Build the leaf gates on the Shellmouth dam.
  • Complete emergency channels to lower Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin.
  • Improve and expand the Brandon diking system and restore the Assiniboine River dikes east of Portage la Prairie.
  • Implement an ecological goods and services program to support watershed-focused conservation practices.
  • $44 million a year for rapid transit in Winnipeg, with an initial focus on extending the first rapid transit line to the University of Manitoba.
  • Complete the rapid transit corridor to the University of Manitoba.
  • Construct segregated bike lanes starting with the busiest streets and highways.
  • Amend the Highway Traffic Act to allow bikes to use one entire lane of traffic, instead of just part of a lane, on streets where speed limits are below 70 km/hour.
  • Create an efficient, provincially-owned and subsidized inter-city transportation system.
Housing
  • Add 300 subsidized housing units per year for five years.
  • Ensure all public housing is built and renovated to high standards of sustainability and energy efficiency.
  • promote creative housing including pocket suites, co-housing, lane-way housing and integrating housing with community spaces for recreation and services including community kitchens, child care and health clinics.
Manitoba Hydro
  • Keep Manitoba Hydro public, working for everyone.
  • Free Manitoba Hydro to follow its own expert opinion, and build BiPole III on the shorter, greener and less expensive eastern route.
  • Complete the Wuskwatim Dam and continue with plans to build the Keeyask and Conawapa dams.
  • Improve the relationship between Manitoba Hydro and the Public Utilities Board by providing for increased transparency.
  • Never sell Manitoba Hydro.
  • Stop the construction of the new bipole line entirely.
  • Change the name to Manitoba Energy to reflect the diverse forms of energy technologies available, and focus on reducing energy consumption.
  • Explore renewable energy beyond hydro power including the promised 1000 megawatts of wind power the NDP promised but did not deliver.
  • Bar construction of new mega-dams until a full assessment on energy conversation potential in Manitoba has taken place.
Health
  • Improve health care by bringing better care closer to home.
  • $24-million investment over the next four years to train more doctors, nurses, paramedics, technologists and other front-line health care staff.
  • Expanding Brandon hospital ($12 million) to upgrade medical ward and add additional beds.
  • Recruit 2,000 new nurses over next four years, including adding 100 new nurse training seats in Manitoba universities and colleges.
  • Cover training costs for nurse practitioners who agree to work in the north and rural areas for two years.
  • More doctors and 50 more physician assistants over four years ($77.3 million a year).
  • Create 22 more medical residencies including 16 for family medicine and six for specialties. ($1.9 million a year, as part of over $24 million health training fund above).
  • Three more Access Centres in St. Boniface, Southeast Winnipeg and Southwest Winnipeg.
  • Three more QuickCare clinics run by nurse practitioners to provide routine care for ailments like sore throats, ear aches and immunizations. To be built in Seven Oaks, Southdale and West Winnipeg. ($21 million over four years capital investment including the QuickCare Clinics and the Access Centres).
  • Expand community clinic in Lundar, Man., ($1.5 million)
  • Redevelop Thompson Health Clinic to save 1,000 patient trips to Winnipeg each year and attract more specialists to Thompson. ($2 million)
  • Redevelop Flin Flon emergency room ($10 million)
  • Negotiate with Ottawa for a 10-year health care transfer program with stable funding increases, a national strategy to meet growing health care needs of seniors, improving health care on First Nations and federal support for provinces to acquire rapidly advancing health care technology.
  • New emergency medical helicopter for Brandon serving western Manitoba ($5 million).
  • Add 2,165 new front-line health care workers over six years including 1,700 nurses, 200 doctors, 40 physician assistants, 75 nurse practitioners, 25 mental health and addictions counsellors and 75 other health professionals. ($118 million a year).
  • Create a Premier's Health Advisory Council, comprised of front-line health workers, to meet regularly with the premier and health minister.
  • Add a doctor and a nurse to the board of each regional health authority.
  • Update Manitoba Alzheumer Strategy and make dementia a public health priority.
  • Invest $2.75 million to increase to 45 the number of "behavioural beds" for care of most challenging and aggressive individuals.
  • $200,000 for First Link, a strategy to connect people to the Alzheimer Society's programs and services.
  • $350,000 a year to reestablish the Memory Assessment Clinic.
  • Invest $20 million to turn Access Centres into Community Care Centres that are open until 10 p.m. instead of 4:30 p.m.
  • Give paramedics ability to refer patients to non-hospital locations including Community Care Centres and the Pan Am Clinic.
  • $8.6 million improvements to emergency medical services including hiring 60 additional paramedics and adding five more ambulances in Winnipeg, and equipping all ambulances with powerlift stretchers and track-assist chairs; expanding training for paramedics so there are more advanced care paramedics and creating a College of Paramedics of Manitoba.
  • $8 million to establish a specialized stroke unit and $3 million annual operating costs for it.
  • $1.5 million to purchase a CT scanner for Swan Valley Health Centre in Swan River.
  • $10 million for 40 new palliative care beds.
  • $150,000 for the Manitoba Patient Advocate Website to assemble all wait time information in one place, connect patients with caregivers and home care providers.
  • Establish a senior's health care hotline.
  • Introduce Geriatric Emergency Management nurses at Grace and Concordia hospitals to conduct comprehensive geriatric assessments, assist emergency staff with admission decisions and arrange for support in the community for patients. Based on a successful model in Ontario.
  • $18 million in year one to establish 24-hour urgent care clinics connected to emergency rooms in Winnipeg to treat patients without life-threatening illnesses and injuries.
  • $5 million for a new facility for Osborne House and expand the use of GPS technology to improve safety for domestic violence victims.
  • Legislation to implement standards of care to protect the elderly including limits on prescriptions of anti-psychotic drugs used as a form of restraint.
  • $4.6 million diabetes strategy including prevention and early detection.
  • Provide financial incentives to increase the number of family doctors and specialists who travel to rural Manitoba.
  • Increase the number of nursing and allied health professionals including midwives.
  • Extend coverage for alternative health care treatments that are evidence-based.
  • Increase the number of family doctors through time-based financial incentives and extension of credentials to foreign trained doctors.
  • Renovate an existing space to serve as a year-round preventative health clinic to address chronic health conditions that benefit from a mutli-disciplinary approach
  • Renovate an existing space to establish a year-round clinic staffed by public health nurses to help reduce wait times for family doctors. The clinic can provide flu shots for example.
  • Establish a one-year deadline for all hospitals, primary and secondary schools in Manitoba to stop serving fried foods in hospital cafeterias and eliminate potato chips and soda pop from vending machines.
  • Expand routine childhood immunization schedules to include HPV vaccine for boys in grade six, to those parents who choose to vaccinate their child.
Young people / Education
  • Freeze tuition increases at no more than inflation
  • Expand eligibility for student loans including allowing students to work and own vehicles without affecting their student loans and reducing the interest rate to prime.
  • Limit class sizes in kindergarten to Grade 3 to a maximum of 20 students within five years. Includes a $20-million investment for hiring more teachers and $85 million for school capital over implementation period.
  • $60 million for first phase of new skilled trades and technology centre of excellence at Red River College.
  • $5 million youth fund including $2 million for youth at risk programming, $2 million to hire more community workers and $1 million to improve police background checks.
  • $25 million over five years for improvements to community faciliities like rec centres, provincewide.
  • Create a Teachers' Advisory Committee with front-line public school teachers and a member of the Manitoba Teachers' Society executive, to advise the minister of education and the premier on classroom issues and suggest improvements.
  • Provide police officers for all school divisions in Winnipeg and Brandon which want them (up to eight additional positions) and assume the full costs for the officers to prevent off-loading on to local government and the school boards.
  • $3 million to improve graduation rates including hiring new truant officers
  • $57.2-million financial aid package of grants and tuition rebates for post-secondary students who maintain good marks. (No details on how to qualify or amounts available per student)
  • Cap tuition fee increases to the rate of inflation.
  • Gradually reduce tuition fees to nothing to improve accessibility to post-secondary education and eliminate post-secondary tax credits.
  • Call for a defined teacher/student ratio in elementary and high schools.
  • Incorporate more environmental education into school curricula.
  • Develop training for eco-trades including green building, community composting etc.
  • Create a crown housing corporation to help Manitobans replace or upgrade older housing stock.
  • Ensure schools in inner cities have after-hours and weekend computer labs accessible year round.
  • Extend broadband to all communities.
Environment
  • Establish a Lake Winnipeg Authority that will set water levels for Lake Winnipeg and work on shoreline erosion issues and other problems with the lake.
  • $20 million commitment to protect farmland, wetlands from flooding including expanding dam systems along South Tobbaco Creek, providing support for wetlands on farmland using Blanchard municipality approach, and commit to a zero net loss of wetlands in Manitoba.
  • Assistance for ordinary Manitobans to make their homes energy efficient.
  • Ensure all new residential housing units have 3 kw capacity micro power systems to be independent power producers and never have to purchase power from a utility.
  • Mandate all streep lamps to be energy-efficient LED street lamps.
  • Develop a provincial energy strategy, emphasizing energy reductions.
  • Establish a Fossil-Fuel Independence Commission to examine ways to reduce and eventually eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels.
  • Develop transportation policy to localize production and consumption to reduce need for transportation.
  • Provide incentives for people, businesses and municipalities to move to more eco-friendly modes of transportation.
  • Ensure the government purchases emission free or the most fuel-efficient vehicles available.
  • Mandate all new vehicles in Manitoba to meet California emissions standards.
  • Establish new protected areas in consultation with affected First Nations, local populations and industry.
  • Permanently protect all existing protected areas and keep them free from logging, mining, oil exploration and hydro development.
  • Develop a conservation plan for Manitoba’s east shore wildnerness area.
  • Protect the East Side of Lake Winnipeg from further industrial developments and submit a World Heritage site designation bid as soon as possible.
  • Support the creation of more provincial urban parks with walking/bike trails, urban farms and artist studios.
  • Protect water with legally enforceable standards.
  • Ban the privatization of municipal water systems and bulk water exports.
  • Prohibit further wetland drainage.
  • Stop the fluoridation of drinking water.
Arts & Culture
  • Increase annual funding to Artists in Schools to allow 100 more artists to do workshops in schools across Manitoba each year ($200,000).
  • Fund a comprehensive, all-stakeholders cultural policy review to ensure that our commitment to the arts and creative industries is appropriate with the huge return on investment that Manitoba's collective talent provides.
First Nations
  • Recognize inherent Treat rights with regards to developments including hydro projects, forestry licenses etc.
  • Ensure all schools have aboriginal cultural programs in their curricula.
  • Provide funding for self-developed social programming in aboriginal and first nations communities.

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