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Government to slash membership numbers on provincially appointed boards

BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES</p><p>Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen and Premier Brian Pallister. </p>

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Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen and Premier Brian Pallister.

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Premier Brian Pallister plans to chop membership from, consolidate, and even eliminate 25 provincially appointed boards, councils, committees and commissions.

Bill 10 is a streamlining act, Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen told the legislature Monday.

The intention is to have more effective delivery services and provide value for money, he said.

More than 170 positions will disappear at a savings of at least $150,000 a year in per diems and staff time. No one is being fired, said the minister — numbers will drop as terms expire and members are not renewed or replaced.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 4/12/2017 (200 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Premier Brian Pallister plans to chop membership from, consolidate, and even eliminate 25 provincially appointed boards, councils, committees and commissions.

Bill 10 is a streamlining act, Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen told the legislature Monday.

The intention is to have more effective delivery services and provide value for money, he said.

More than 170 positions will disappear at a savings of at least $150,000 a year in per diems and staff time. No one is being fired, said the minister — numbers will drop as terms expire and members are not renewed or replaced.

There are 183 provincial agencies, boards and commissions, the vast majority which need no similar action immediately, he said.

The bodies include the accessibility advisory council, Manitoba Human Rights Commission, the provincial healthy child advisory committee, and the Manitoba arts council, who will all lose members when the bill becomes law.

Gone will be the agri-food and rural development council, caregiver advisory committee, Manitoba council on aging, and heritage tree review committee.

"Our government is committed to repairing the services we provide for Manitobans and this includes establishing more efficient agencies, boards and commissions to oversee provincial programs and services," said Pedersen.

"We believe smaller boards and councils work better together, and are more engaged in both the process and outcomes," said Pedersen. "The ideal board is seven to nine persons. In creating smaller boards, we are following the best practices of the not-for-profit and private sectors."

The various agencies were notified Monday afternoon after he tabled the bill, Pedersen said, noting it will probably be passed in June.

Under Bill 10 cabinet ministers could only appoint new advisory committees for no longer than two years for specific reasons and with a clear mandate.

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Updated on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 8:49 PM CST: updates number of positions cut.

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