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Reductions on schedule for boards, agencies

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

The move to cut boards was announced in last spring's budget as a way to help slay the provincial deficit.

Finance Minister Stan Struthers said in a statement the affected agencies, boards and commissions, dubbed ABCs, will be amalgamated or dissolved.

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

The targeted ABCs will be either moved into government or aligned with other ABCs. Plus, nine ABCs with external and provincial appointments and three internal ABCs have been identified for amalgamation.

The government has already cut 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. The province estimates that merger will save an estimated $3 million annually.

Other boards to be amalgamated include:

-- 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.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 17, 2012 A19

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