It should be a mostly no surprises budget from the Pallister government tomorrow.
The deficit is projected to be close to $1-billion, much of which can be traced to the previous NDP regime.
University of Manitoba economics professor John McCallum tells 680 CJOB the Tories are largely dealing with after effects of the last government.
“More or less, the spending plan that was in place will stay. The election was so late that it’s almost impossible to change that in a material way.”
McCallum says regardless of what the spending plan is, in order for business to thrive in Manitoba the rules have to be clear.
“Capital loves clarity. It’s hard enough to do business without curveballs coming at you from government, saying they were going to do one thing and end up doing another thing.”
Finance Minister Cameron Friesen admits their hands are tied a little as they’ve only been in office for about a month, but he does say they are working to tighten the belt a little bit.
“We have found savings in some departments, you will be able to see those numbers tomorrow. Obviously, as I said, there are short term goals that we have been able to achieve.”
The budget will be tabled tomorrow afternoon. We will have full coverage on 680 CJOB and at cjob.com.