The first Progressive Conservative-led session of the Manitoba Legislature begins Monday.
They’ll kick off the new era of government with a throne speech in the afternoon.
The Tories are on top of the world after they captured 40 of the 57 legislature seats in April’s election.
The opposition NDP and the Liberals, on the other hand, are both searching for new leaders.
First, MLA Myrna Driedger was elected as Speaker.
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University of Manitoba political studies professor Paul Thomas says we should not expect any bombshells.
“I think governments have grown smarter about throne speeches in terms of making them focused and more identifying key priorities rather than sweeping, grandiose visions of some much improved future for society and so on.”
Premier Brian Pallister has already outlined some of his plans for his first 100 days. They include putting an end to the public subsidy for political parties, as well as bringing back the requirement to have a referendum for major tax increases. That referendum requirement was a source of great contention over the PST hike three years ago.
A new budget is expected in a couple of weeks.