IF I WERE ELECTED PREMIER OF MANITOBA
Canada is a fantastic country and Manitoba is one of my favourite provinces, but of course, I am a little biased. Although Manitoba is a great place to live, there are some things that would make our province even better. If I were ever Premier of Manitoba, it would be a long way into the future but I see the future of Manitoba as a bright and prosperous place, where our province has no deficit, has the best graduation rates in the country and has way higher standards of healthcare.
With the future in mind, I would address our financial deficit first as Premier. The 2013-2014 budget still predicts a deficit of $518 million and although the Provincial Sales Tax will be increasing to 8%, we only see a $16 million decrease from 2012-2013’s projected deficit.1 I believe that by trying to solve the issues at hand, we can begin to work towards a debt-free future. Our flooding issues here in Manitoba contribute greatly to our deficit and finding a way to solve this problem once and for all would mean we don’t need to spend millions of dollars reimbursing farmers and others who have suffered from flood damage. $1.025 billion2 was spent on the 2011 flood with numbers still expected to rise at least $250 million higher. An enormous amount of money that ends up contributing to our deficit. Creating job opportunities is another way to get out of our deficit. I would begin to implement programs that help people to find jobs and that create jobs. I know programs like this exist but ones that are more effective can be created. Programs that give education opportunities or training opportunities to get more people jobs will be most effective. Lowering tuition rates and offering grants to people that are not able to live at home while attending post-secondary school would accommodate our mostly rural province and help out with the high cost of attending post-secondary. Post secondary education is really expensive to people that are...
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Staff Writer. "Flood of 2011 has cost Manitoba $1.025 billion." 16 November 2012. Winnipeg Free Press. 30 April 2013.
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