Pre-Budget Survey 2018

  • Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan
  • Fiscal
  • Lower Taxes
  • Funding Education
  • Funding Health Care

Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan

1. The federal government plans to impose a rising carbon tax on Manitobans.
2. The Manitoba government did the right thing by rejecting the federal carbon tax and is proceeding with a Made-in-Manitoba Green Plan to clean our air, water and soil, and fight climate change.
3. The federal government should respect Manitoba’s green record and the billions being spent on clean hydro-electricity.
4. Manitoba should be willing to go to court to stand up for Manitoba’s Green Plan.
5. Manitoba’s Green Plan will invest in these important areas:

Rank these in order of importance (1 being important, 8 less important) and provide suggestions for other opportunities.

Fiscal

1. The Manitoba government inherited high taxes, debt that had doubled in six years and many services ranked 10th out of 10 in the country. We are moving to address all three of these at the same time by
  • Lowering taxes
  • Lowering the deficit
  • Enhancing health-care services and lowering ambulance fees
  • Rebuilding our economy by leading the country in private investment
More needs to be done to address these issues. Should the Manitoba government continue to:
2. Looking ahead, what are your greatest financial concerns:

Rank these in order of importance (1 being important, 8 less important) and provide suggestions for other opportunities.

3. The Manitoba government recently took steps to exclude insurance funds administered by the Workers Compensation Board and Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation from the government’s financial reports. Do you agree that the government’s financial reports should not include workers’ and farmers’ insurance fund money as government property, even if it has a negative effect on Manitoba’s fiscal picture?

Lower Taxes

The Manitoba government is committed to leaving more money on the kitchen table for Manitobans. One way to do this is by lowering taxes, but there are other ways too:
a. The Manitoba government led the fight against the federal government’s plans to raise taxes on small business, farm families and professionals (such as doctors and dentists).
b. The federal government has reduced its contributions to Manitoba’s health care budget from 25 to 19 per cent. That percentage will shrink even further in the future. The Manitoba government is leading the campaign to stop the federal government from further reducing its support for provincial health care services.
c. The premier is leading the effort to reduce barriers to trade between provinces, which could (according to the Bank of Canada) increase family income by $1,500 per year.
d. Our government is gradually reducing the size of the civil service at the top and avoiding layoffs of front line workers.
e. We have promised to reduce the PST to seven per cent during our first term of government.

Funding Education

Manitoba is the only province in Canada to fund education through property taxes. This approach has created funding inequalities throughout the province, with some school divisions benefiting from large tax bases. Adding to this challenge is the duplication of administrative costs caused by having 37 school divisions throughout the province.

Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following measures to better manage education costs:
a. Reduce the number of school divisions.
b. Reduce senior management positions in school divisions.
c. Reduce the number of unionized education bargaining units.
d. Control the rate of overall education spending growth.
e. Ensure value for money in education spending.

Funding Health Care

Health care is our government’s largest spending item. Manitoba spends more per person on health care than most other provinces, yet has the longest ER wait times in the country and high ambulance fees. More spending on health care has not delivered better results for patients.


At the same time, the cost of providing health care increases each year due to inflation, an aging population and the challenges of increased cases of chronic disease. Improvements to the way health care is delivered will help, but are not enough to cover these rising cost pressures.

Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following measures to better manage health care costs:
a. Continue spending more on health care, increasing Manitoba’s deficit and debt.
b. Reduce senior management positions in regional health authorities.
c. Reduce the number of unionized bargaining units.
d. Control the rate of overall health care spending growth.
e. Ensure value for money in health care spending through better procurement and by shopping smarter.