The battle lines have been drawn.
Manitoba Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister pledged he will cut the provincial sales tax and find $300 million in savings. He says no government service is sacred and all options are on the table.
Trust is going to be a key issue in the campaign. Who do you trust to handle your tax dollars? Pallister is banking on you being ready for a change.
NDP leader Greg Selinger will attempt to wrestle that agenda away by creating doubt – change to what? Predictably the NDP will portray the PC leader as someone who will hack and slash services.
Expect Pallister to soften that image in the days ahead, otherwise this will become a choice between the same old foes. He will need to be more specifc on finding savings in government.
I asked him Monday during the 680 CJOB Decision ’16 debate whether he is willing to amalgamate school divisions. Will he eliminate administrative jobs in Winnipeg or other regional health authorities? How about removing tax credits for film, television or the digital industry? Where does he stand on tax increment financing, the tools used by the cities of Brandon and Winnipeg to revitalize downtowns?
He failed to answer those questions.
Pallister joins us on Winnipeg’s Morning News at 7:40 AM tomorrow. If you have a question for the leader, please email me. We’ll also talk about the campaign with a panel of guests at 9:30 AM.
Tonight I am moderating a provincial election forum on child care. It starts at 7:00 PM at the Salle Martial Caron Theatre in the Universite de Saint-Boniface at 200 Cathedrale Avenue.