After weeks of making three, four, sometimes five a day, the Manitoba government is finally finished with announcements.
At least for now.
The pre-election blackout period on government announcements and advertising comes into place at midnight on Tuesday, January 19th. It’s because we’re now within three months of the provincial election. Manitobans go to the polls on April 19th.
Premier Greg Selinger wrapped up his blitz of announcements by pledging more money for new gardens at Assiniboine Park, support for United Way and giving a tour of the province’s new flood fighting centre.
In the past few weeks he’s pledged hundreds of millions of dollars for education and health care.
Selinger says he does believe the announcement heavy strategy will resonate with voters.
“There’s a lot of information there. It allows us to be ready, it allows us to move forward. We laid out in our throne speech a five year plan for the future of Manitoba. These announcements put that five year plan on the ground and in place.”
The problem? It’s unclear or even unlikely the opposition Progressive Conservatives and Liberals will follow through on the announcements should they win the election and form government.
Tory leader Brian Pallister says the announcements are simply a trick to try and boost popularity with voters.
“I think they’ve made a mistake, the NDP, in terms of promising to spend hundreds of millions of dollars that everyone knows, we don’t have.”
Recent polls show the Selinger and his government running third place.