Manitobans Making Choices.  Take the Survey. Have your say.
 

Take the survey. Have your say.

Your government wants to hear from you.

Please take a few minutes to fill out this short survey and make your choices on what matters most to you. Results of the survey will be published in a summary format but all responses will remain anonymous.

Available in alternate formats, upon request.

Controlling marijuana use

The federal government will legalize marijuana use by July 1, 2018. Manitoba now has to get ready. More marijuana use will impact personal and community health and safety, such as driving while impaired or under the influence of marijuana. It will influence underage consumption at schools. There are financial costs and choices as to pricing marijuana and determining where and how it will be sold.


Please help us determine the best marijuana use policy for Manitoba.

Goals

What is the most important goal for you as Manitoba sets its marijuana use policy for 2018? Please rank the following in order of importance to you where 1 is most important and 5 is least important.

Age

The legal age for marijuana use indicates when people may consume this drug. If the age is too low, then problems such as addiction, impaired driving, and impaired brain development will increase. If the age is too high, then illegal sales to underage youth will be encouraged.

1. What should be the legal age for marijuana consumption in Manitoba?
2. Should the legal age of marijuana consumption and alcohol consumption be the same?
Price

The price set for marijuana will determine how widely it is used and whether the black market and criminal gangs can still profit from growing and selling marijuana.

A high regulated price will encourage cheaper marijuana to be sold illegally by gangs. A lower regulated price makes marijuana more readily available and takes business away from gangs.

1. Do you think the price should be kept high or kept low?
Availability

As a legal substance, marijuana will need to be sold in licensed establishments. A federal task force studied the distribution of legal marijuana and recommended that it not be sold in proximity to alcohol for safety reasons.

1. Do you agree or disagree with this recommendation?
Comments

Balancing the budget

Your new government inherited a serious financial situation from the previous government.

Our credit rating has been downgraded more than once because of this, costing millions of dollars more each year to borrow. Now, with higher interest rates coming, Manitoba's financial situation will get worse, with more money going to money lenders instead of frontline services, if steps are not taken now.

Here are some facts:

    Manitoba's debt more than doubled from $10.5 Billion to $23.1 Billion under the previous government between 2008 and 2016.
    Our debt servicing charges - money paid on interest on the debt, not government services - will reach almost $1 billion this year. That is money not available for health care or education.

As we prepare for next year's budget, please give your suggestions on government financial management and balancing the budget.

Balancing the Budget

Your new government's first two budgets began the task of controlling unsustainable spending growth, reducing waste in government, and tackling the deficit. We have started down the path to balancing the budget. And we have done so without raising taxes.

There are three ways to balance the budget: fast, moderate, or slow.

Your new government has taken a moderate, responsible approach to balance the budget over a 6 to 7-year period. This allows us to gradually reduce the deficit while protecting front line services.

Balancing the budget too fast by deep spending cuts risks impacting services people rely on. Balancing the budget slower by reducing spending growth leads to higher debt and taxes on future generations.

1. Which path do you think is best for the government to take to balance the budget?
2. Your new government is working hard to reduce the rate of government spending growth while protecting front line services. Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following steps to better manage Manitoba's finances:
a. Eliminate government positions through retirements and attrition
b. Trim senior management positions at the top
c. Reduce the number of unionized bargaining units
d. Control the rate of overall spending growth
e. Keep the size of Cabinet small
f. Ensure value for money in government spending
Comments

Sustaining health care

Health care is the largest spending item by the provincial government. Manitoba spends more per person on health care than 8 other provinces, yet has suffered from the longest ER wait times in the country, the highest ambulance fees, and more doctors leaving than coming into the province. More spending on health care has not meant better results for patients, seniors, and families.

At the same time, the cost of providing health care goes up more and more each year due to union wages and salary increases, an aging population, and challenges of increasing chronic disease. Improvements to the way health care is delivered will help, but is not enough to cover these rising cost pressures.

1. The provincial government has several options when it comes to sustaining health care. Which do you prefer?
Federal Cuts to Health Care

The federal government is reducing the growth rate in health care transfers it gives provinces starting next year. Manitoba will now receive about $2 billion less from Ottawa than planned over the next 10 years. This creates a major funding gap we need to make up.

Less federal support for health care affects the amount of money Manitoba can invest in its health care services. The Manitoba government has strongly opposed this federal cut to health care transfers to provinces but Ottawa is not listening.

One suggestion to make up for this federal gap in health care support is to bring in a new provincial health care premium paid for by all Manitobans, with all the money going directly into health care.

Over 70% of Canadians already pay some form of health care premium in their province. The amount you pay is based on your annual income.

  • In Ontario, an average two-income family pays about $75 per month;
  • In B.C, an average two-income family pays about $75 per month.

There are THREE choices for a Manitoba health care premium: (1) a lower premium to sustain current health care services and avoid service reductions; (2) a higher premium to enhance health care services and pay for higher salaries and wages for health care workers; (3) no health care premium at all, which would lead to reduced health care services from current levels.

2. Please tell us whether you favour a new provincial health care premium in Manitoba by choosing one of the following approaches.
Help spend a new Manitoba health care premium

This tool allows you to allocate money from a health care premium to your top health care priorities.

You have $100 to direct to new health care spending. Where would you spend it?

You can spend it all on ONE priority or you can allocate some of the $100 to different priorities. Your money, your choice!

Comments

Demographic information

Please help us keep track of the number of Manitobans who submit their comments by filling out the data boxes below. This is entirely voluntary.

The personal information collected will be used solely for the pre-budget consultation analysis.

Gender
Age
Family Income
Do you work in the Public or Private Sector?
Do you live in a rural, urban or northern area?

Please respect the opportunity for each Manitobans to have their say by ensuring you only submit this survey once.

Upon review of the consultation process, any multiple entries will be eliminated.