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Selinger, Dewar grilled over deficit budget in QP

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Premier Greg Selinger and his Finance Minister Greg Dewar faced a barrage of questions today on the day after the introducing the province’s sixth consecutive deficit budget.

In the first Question Period post-budget day Opposition Leader Brian Pallister challenged the premier on why the government was still spending beyond its means despite the province’s economy outperforming the rest of the country in job and wage growth.

“The actual impact of this amazing, amazing, display of mismanagement is that they have also doubled our provincial debt,” Pallister said in the House.

“What we would do different is quite evident to all Manitobans.”

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 1/5/2015 (1394 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Premier Greg Selinger and his Finance Minister Greg Dewar faced a barrage of questions today on the day after the introducing the province’s sixth consecutive deficit budget.

In the first Question Period post-budget day Opposition Leader Brian Pallister challenged the premier on why the government was still spending beyond its means despite the province’s economy outperforming the rest of the country in job and wage growth.

Finance Minister Greg Dewar and Premier Greg Selinger share a laugh on budget day at the legislature on Thursday.

BORIS MINKEVICH/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Finance Minister Greg Dewar and Premier Greg Selinger share a laugh on budget day at the legislature on Thursday.

"The actual impact of this amazing, amazing, display of mismanagement is that they have also doubled our provincial debt," Pallister said in the House.

"What we would do different is quite evident to all Manitobans."

Selinger countered his government’s multi-year spending plan is paying dividends in 20,000 new jobs last year while at the same time seeing the deficit slowly paid down. The government has said it plans to have a balanced budget in 2018-19, but only in the core departments like health, education and justice. Under that plan the government would move away from its summary balanced budget law that includes the performance of Crown corporations like Manitoba Hydro and Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries.

"What does the member opposite have against a growing economy, more jobs and better wages for Manitobans," Selinger said.

Going into the next week the legislative assembly will be focused on the budget debate, and over the next month ministers will be grilled by opposition critics over their departments’ spending plans.

NDP House Leader Dave Chomiak said today the government is prepared to sit into the summer to finish those departmental meetings — they must last 100 hours at minimum — and pass its new budget. The House is scheduled to break for the summer June 11, but will likely have to be recalled to complete those meetings.

"I can tell you that we’re prepared to sit here as long as we have to, for as long is as necessary in order to do the business of Manitobans," Chomiak said.

On Monday, Selinger is scheduled to table a motion that former finance minister and NDP house leader Jennifer Howard become deputy speaker. She replaces Tom Nevakshonoff who on Wednesday was promoted to cabinet as the new Conservation and Water Stewardship minister.

Howard was one of five ministers who resigned last year in protest of Selinger’s leadership, leading to a March 8 vote by NDP members that reaffirmed Selinger as premier.

In the House, Howard, Erin Selby, Theresa Oswald, Andrew Swan and Stan Struthers have new seats in the NDP’s back benches.

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