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Jon Gerrard SOUND BITE:

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This article was published 26/03/2009 (5058 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Jon Gerrard

SOUND BITE:

"What I would have liked to have seen here, because we’re in a recession, is a reduction in the job-killing payroll tax."

WHAT HE LIKED:

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The government "paid lip service" to addressing education and retraining needs, but didn’t go far enough to make sure that those who are laid off get the tools they need to re-enter the workforce.

WHAT HE DIDN’T LIKE:

The government didn’t adequately address the impact of the recession on Manitobans, failed to invest enough in research and innovation, and came up short in several key health-care areas, including failing to address the "diabetes epidemic" or to overhaul health-care funding.

 

Hugh McFadyen

SOUND BITE:

"This is a deficit budget. Don’t let anybody convince you otherwise. You can’t increase debt and draw down the savings account and run a surplus at the same time."

WHAT HE LIKED:

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The government is spending money on a host of worthwhile initiatives, although it should ensure it’s "not spending for the sake of spending."

WHAT HE DIDN’T LIKE:

The government is using "phony accounting," pretending it is running a surplus when it’s not. "(It) seems to be in this mode of steady as she goes, but I think everybody in Manitoba understands we are not in a steady-as-she-goes era. More of the same is not going to protect Manitoba’s jobs and incomes."

 

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