Leaders debate Wednesday
The four main Manitoba political party leaders will square off Wednesday in a televised debate airing on CBC, CTV and Global. The 50-minute event starts at 6:10 p.m., and will be moderated by Red River College journalism instructor Joanne Kelly. The participants — Brian Pallister (PC), Wab Kinew (NDP), Dougald Lamont (Liberal) and James Beddome (Green) — will take questions from a panel of local journalists: Marcy Markusa (CBC Manitoba), Jeff Keele (CTV) and Richard Cloutier (CJOB/Global).
The leaders won't be participating in any all-party debates outside Winnipeg. Typically, the Brandon Chamber of Commerce has hosted such an event, but the Brandon Sun reported Tuesday it will not go forward after the Progressive Conservatives said Brian Pallister wouldn't participate.
Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont lamented the Tories' "habit of debate-ducking" in the 2019 election campaign.
"It's incredibly disappointing actually... in part, because we have to acknowledge there's an entire province out there aside from Winnipeg," he said.
The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a leaders debate for Sept. 6 at the RBC Convention Centre, but Pallister's staff has been non-committal.
"He is currently scheduled to be outside the city campaigning that day," PC communications staff said in an email to The Canadian Press.
Greens would tax sugary drinks
Manitoba Greens would encourage you to say "so long" to soda — or pay up — if they formed government.
By implementing a 20 per cent provincial sales tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, the Greens say they would save Manitobans $16 million in annual health-care costs and generate $20 million in annual revenue. The party cited numbers from a 2017 University of Waterloo study about taxes on sugary drinks, for context.
"Putting a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks is enough to give most people pause and consider other healthier options," Green Leader James Beddome said in a written statement. "This strategy has been proven to significantly reduce the consumption of unhealthy drinks like soft drinks, which can have a large impact on preventing Type 2 diabetes and other related illnesses."
Countries that have introduced similar sugar taxes on soft drinks include Hungary, France, Finland, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Berkeley, Calif., was the first U.S. city to pass such a tax in 2014, and has reported a drastic decrease in consumption.
Candidates list official
The official list of candidates in Manitoba's 42nd general election is now complete.
Elections Manitoba reported Tuesday there are 235 persons registered to run in the 57 electoral districts.
The final list includes 57 Progressive Conservatives, 57 New Democrats, 57 Liberals, 43 Greens, five Communists, seven Manitoba Forward party candidates, six Manitoba First party hopefuls, and three independents.