Elections give you an opportunity to help shape how you are taxed and how governments spend your money.
April 19 is no different.
Manitobans vote in the 41st general election. The governing New Democrats and the opposition parties are all vying for your attention.
You will hear and see them in the media. Candidates will knock on your door. Some of the messages will be negative. Others positive.
Maybe you have made up your mind. Perhaps you don’t pay attention to the day-to-day pronouncements of a campaign.
Here’s where 680 CJOB News is at your service. We have identified some of the key issues facing Manitobans now and in the years ahead.
The Manitoba economy is expected to do better than other provinces as Saskatchewan and especially Alberta continue to feel the impact of lower oil prices. A lower Canadian dollar has helped manufacturing. Exports to the United States are up but the oil shocks have had a ripple effect on Manitoba. RBC Economics revised growth predictions downtown for this year to 2.4 percent from 2.7 percent. Generally if your job is tied to manufacturing, construction or agriculture, 2016 should be a good year for you.
But are you better off now than five years ago? What are the job prospects for your children in the years to come? Many Manitobans are still angry over the increase in the provincial sales tax. One of the key questions is whether that money is being spent wisely or not.
Have you or a loved one spent any time waiting for service in an emergency room? More than four in ten of your provincial tax dollars are spent on health care. Has service improved? Has our education system fulfilled the needs of our youth?
And then there’s the state of our roads and other vital infrastructure. We certainly want to hear from you about the questions you want answered in the weeks ahead.
And that’s important.
All the political parties will advance their positions on what they believe is best for you. We are taking a step back, asking you about what’s important and getting a sense of priorities by a cross-section of Manitobans.
We look forward to the conversation and the debate over the next two months and hope you will trust 680 CJOB to help get your questions asked and answered.
Tune in to 680 CJOB’s leadership debate March 14 at 9 am.
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