WINNIPEG – The new PC government is still working on spending restraint and a new balanced budget law as the fall sitting begins.
The former NDP government changed the balanced budget law to raise the PST without a referendum.
Premier Brian Pallister told reporters he’s planning a new law to penalize politicians who try to avoid a referendum.
“If you believe that there should be consequences, I think you’ll like this legislation,” says Pallister. “[There are] consequences for the people who make decisions with the money.”
As for spending restraint, Pallister says a government-wide review launched in the spring is still underway.
He also mentioned that the public should be aware that the province will not be saying ‘yes’ to as many funding requests as in previous years.
Pallister Reacts to Carbon Price Plan
The federal Liberal government will impose a carbon price plan by 2018 unless provinces adopt either a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system.
Pallister says Manitoba’s plan would not involve cap and trade but did not rule out a carbon tax either.
“We are not the source of the bulk of the problems and that needs to be recognized,” says Pallister. “We are, as a province and as people, locked in to making larger investments per capita than virtually every other Canadian in the new, green economy.”
The federal government will set an initial price on carbon pollution of $10 per tonne in 2018, increasing to $50 per tonne over the next four years.
The Trudeau government says all revenues will stay within the province.