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The ABCs of reducing government-appointed bodies

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The Selinger government said Friday it is on track to reduce government-appointed agencies, boards and commissions by 20 per cent.

Finance Minister Stan Struthers said in a statement these affected agencies, boards and commissions (ABCs) will either be amalgamated or dissolved

There are 114 government-appointed ABCs and 23 have been identified for amalgamation or dissolution.

The targeted ABCs will be either moved into government or aligned with functions of other ABCs. In other cases, provincial involvement was no longer deemed necessary, Struthers said. Plus, nine ABCs with external and provincial appointments and three internal ABCs have been identified for amalgamation or dissolution.

The move to reduce these boards was announced in last spring’s budget as a way to reduce administrative costs and to help slay the provincial deficit.

The government has already reduced the number of regional health authorities in Manitoba to five from 11 and is in the process of merging the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission with the Manitoba Lotteries Corp. That province estimates that merger will save an estimated $3 million annually.

The ABCs to be amalgamated are:

Manitoba Liquor Control Commission Licensing Board and the Manitoba Gaming Control Commission

The Motor Transport Board and the Highway Traffic Board

The Agriculture Services corporation Appeal Tribunal and the Agricultural Crown Lands Appeal Board

The Farm Mediation Board, the Farm Mediation Board Peer Advisory Committee, the Farm Machinery and Equipment Board, the Farm Practices Protection Board and the Farm Lands Ownership Board.

The Agricultural Producers Organization Certification Agency and the Farm Products Marketing Council

The Crown Lands Act Stakeholders Committee and the Land Value Appraisal Commission

The Manitoba Immigration council and the Manitoba Ethnocultural Advisory and Advocacy Council

The Heritage Council and the Heritage Grants Advisory Council.

Functions moving into government or board:

The Lake Manitoba Stewardship Board (completed)

The Active Transportation Advisory Board (completed)

The Advisory Council on Fitness and Amateur Sport

The Medical Review Committee

Eliminating requirement for provincial appointments:

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ABCs with external and government appointments:

 Amalgamations

The Manitoba Games Council with Sport Manitoba (completed)

The Board of Electrical Examiners, the Power Engineers Advisory Board, the Elevator Board, and the Gas and Oil Advisory Board

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The Association of Architects

The Association of Home Economists

The Professional Interior Designers

The Veterinary Medical Association Peer Review Committee

The Saskram/Summerberry Wildlife Management Area Advisory Committee

Internal ABCs

Amalgamate

The Manitoba Development Corporation, the Manitoba Trade and Investment Corporation, and the Economic Innovation and Technology Council

Functions moving into government

The Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies Advisory Board (completed)

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