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Budget 2012

Budget 2012 is finding responsible ways to reduce administrative spending - which means more money going directly into things that matter most to families.

Restoring Balance

  • Target spending increases to key front-line services: health, education and training, infrastructure, public safety and services for families.
  • Balance expenditure reductions with modest, fair measures to increase revenues, without raising any major tax rates.
  • Reduce the number of regional health authorities to five from 11 to streamline services.
  • Merge the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission and the Manitoba Lotteries Corporation.
  • Work with municipalities to support regional
  • Reduce the number of government-appointed agencies, boards and commissions by 20 per cent.
  • Defer wage increases and reduce office expenses for members of the legislative assembly.

Health Care

  • Provide faster cancer testing and treatment and provide free cancer drugs for all patients allowing more patients to remain at home.
  • Hire more doctors, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and health technologists.
  • Increase the tobacco tax by 2.5 cents per cigarette to reduce smoking rates.
  • Provide all Manitobans access to a family doctor by 2015.
  • Invest in new medical equipment and Quick Care clinics.
  • Build and open new health care facilities.


  • Renew over 2,400 kilometres of roads.
  • Improve flood-protection measures in Brandon and along the Assiniboine River and Lake Manitoba.
  • Increase the gasoline tax by 2.5 cents to support road and highway improvements, including repairing flood damages.
  • Proceed with Manitoba's 10-year highway renewal plan to spend $4 billion over ten years on Manitoba's highways.


  • Introduce legislation to guarantee Manitoba families will pay the lowest combined bills in the country for electricity, home-heating and auto insurance.
  • Meet the commitment to fund 6,500 child care spaces this year.
  • Increase funding for affordable and social housing.
  • Increase funding to hire more firefighters, police officers and cadets to keep families safe.

Business and Innovation

  • Cut red tape for businesses by reducing how often small businesses have to file sales tax.
  • Create an Energy Opportunities Office to help Manitoba businesses plug into the opportunities from hydro investments.
  • Loosen the restrictions on Sunday shopping in consultation with labour and business.
  • Invest in the Metis Economic Development Fund, the First Peoples Economic Growth Fund and the Communities Economic Development Fund to serve northern and Aboriginal businesses and leverage private investment.


  • Improve excess moisture insurance, forage establishment insurance and the forage restoration benefit.
  • Create new housing in Brandon and find ways to better use buildings in the downtown Brandon area.
  • Build or expand 54 child care centres.
  • Invest in new parks, community centres and municipal infrastructure.
  • Build and open new health care facilities.
  • Continue to invest in downtown Winnipeg.

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