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Minimum income, daycare, film tax credits: What the parties promised on Tuesday

Pledges, promises, vows. Whatever you call them, party leaders were full of them Tuesday.

Here's a roundup of what was proposed to voters.

Pledges, promises, vows. Whatever you call them, party leaders were full of them Tuesday.

Here's a roundup of what was proposed to voters.


 

Liberals' pledge to end poverty includes establishing a minimum income, voluntary work program

JESSICA BOTELHO-URBANSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS			</p>																																					<p>Surrounded by supporters at Bonnycastle Park Tuesday, Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont announced a plan to reduce poverty in Manitoba, which would include minimum-income and jobs programs.			</p>
JESSICA BOTELHO-URBANSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Surrounded by supporters at Bonnycastle Park Tuesday, Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont announced a plan to reduce poverty in Manitoba, which would include minimum-income and jobs programs.

Posted: 20/08/2019 4:09 PM

The Manitoba Liberal Party pledged on Tuesday to eliminate poverty in Manitoba by 2024, a lofty goal party leader Dougald Lamont insisted was realistic.

Lamont said the Liberals would do it by instituting a minimum basic income, reforming Employment and Income Assistance, boosting the minimum wage from $11.35 to $15 per hour by 2021, and implementing a voluntary work program in the mould of then-U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration from the 1930s. It's a set of ideas that would require a $700-million increase over current annual EIA spending, which is $600 million.

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Kinew promises 600 public daycare spaces every year; 16,000 kids on wait lists now

PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS			</p>																																					<p>NDP Leader Wab Kinew announced on Tuesday a pledge to freeze funding on not-for-profit child-care programs if his party is elected.			</p>
PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

NDP Leader Wab Kinew announced on Tuesday a pledge to freeze funding on not-for-profit child-care programs if his party is elected.

Posted: 20/08/2019 5:19 PM

Manitoba New Democrats would lift a government funding freeze on not-for-profit child-care programs and add 600 new public daycare spaces each year, if they formed government.

NDP Leader Wab Kinew made the pledge Tuesday while also promising to eliminate the huge wait list for child-care spots within a decade.

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'Time we invest in child care': Green leader

Provincial Green Leader James Beddome. (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press files)			</p>
Provincial Green Leader James Beddome. (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Posted: 20/08/2019 6:14 PM

The Manitoba Green party is pushing a sliding scale for child-care fees, vowing to add 2,000 spaces per year over the next decade.

On Tuesday, Green Leader James Beddome unveiled the party's plan if elected Sept. 10, which will theoretically eliminate the 16,000-name provincial child-care wait list.

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Tories put spotlight on film industry tax credits

JESSICA BOTELHO-URBANSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS			</p>																																					<p>PC leader Brian Pallister announced a re-elected Tory government would invest an additional $25 million over four years in the provincial film tax credit.			</p>
JESSICA BOTELHO-URBANSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

PC leader Brian Pallister announced a re-elected Tory government would invest an additional $25 million over four years in the provincial film tax credit.

Posted: 20/08/2019 6:28 PM

Manitoba's Progressive Conservatives would shine a spotlight on the local film and video production industry, promising $25-million more in tax credits over four years, if elected for a second act.

PC Leader Brian Pallister made the announcement Tuesday from a basketball court set up in Bell MTS Place, part of the set of a film being shot in Winnipeg titled Sudden Death 2.

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