Premier Brian Pallister again refused Friday to divulge the worth of a holding company he owns, as he and New Democrat Andrew Swan intensified their mutual insults.
Pallister has stated repeatedly he does not have to tell anyone the details about Pallister Investments 22 Ltd. unless the value of its shares exceeds $500 each.
That's not true, Swan told the house, accusing the premier of making "truly remarkable" claims.
Pallister said that since Swan first began making claims about his Manitoba company during the premier's estimates hearing, he hasn't been correct once.
Noting that Swan is a lawyer, Pallister said, "(Swan's) false assertions continue. I understand why he's not in private practice. Earlier in the week, he claimed it was a Costa Rican corporation. "
The premier said he takes no advice from Swan on ethics or responsibility.
"Does the premier actually believe it, or does he make it up on the spot because, in his own words (in estimates), he was feeling petulant?" countered Swan.
Pallister said he disclosed more of his personal properties and investments than he is required to do in the interests of openness and transparency, and he disclosed them years ago. Swan disputes that point, believing the premier only did so in recent months.
The premier said he disclosed details of his vacation home and companies in Costa Rica even though there was "zero relevance" for any potential conflict with Manitoba government business.
"There is nothing consistent about the member's position other than a consistent desire to get his name in the paper," Pallister scoffed. "He does this in a clear attempt to malign."