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Pallister accuses NDP of fear-mongering over 'fiscal cliff'

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Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister has a message for health-care workers, civil servants and anyone dependent on provincial government programs: you’re going to get paid.

At a news conference this morning, Pallister accused the NDP government of fear-mongering for suggesting the province was close to a "fiscal cliff."

He said the Tories always said they would support an interim supply bill to allow the government to continue to keep its financial commitments. The government has said it has enough money to operate only to the end of this month.

Pallister said the Conservatives have stalled the government’s budget bill because of the PST tax hike and the removal of the requirement for a public referendum before the increase was imposed.

But he said the Tories never said they would allow the government to run out of money. In fact, they’ve made it clear all along that they wouldn’t.

"I hope I can at least give that comfort to the people who work in government and the people who depend on government programs that the government is not in any danger whatsoever," Pallister said. "(The NDP is) simply playing chicken little with the people of Manitoba and screaming ‘the sky is falling’ to everybody they can to try to get their way on tax increases."

Pallister said he called the news conference to make it clear that the PC party will allow the interim supply bill "to come to a vote" — once it’s properly debated. That will give the government more time to reconsider its decision on raising the PST, he said.

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