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Selinger worst fiscal manager: think-tank

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MANITOBA Premier Greg Selinger was ranked as the worst fiscal manager among provincial premiers in a new report released Thursday by the Fraser Institute, Canada's leading public policy think-tank.

The report, called Measuring the Fiscal Performance of Canada's Premiers 2012, is an assessment of how Canada's premiers have managed the public finances of their provinces, based on government spending, taxes, debt and deficits.

In his defence, Selinger said the Fraser Institute's report covered the 2011 flood, which the province has said has so far cost more than $1 billion for flood-fighting and recovery, although under a cost-sharing formula, the federal goverment will pick up some of those costs.

"We make no apology for spending the money on people affected by the flood," Selinger said in the house.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 7, 2012 A7

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