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Irresponsible budget won’t help Manitobans

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Winnipeg—Conservative Premier Brian Pallister’s second budget puts the province’s future at risk with cuts to services and higher costs for young people.

“Cuts are cuts, and Manitoba’s families will feel them immediately,” said Paul McKie, Unifor Area Director.

Unifor says that Minister of Finance Cameron Friesen is misleading Manitobans when he claims that there are tax cuts in the budget because students and families will pay more as a result of higher tuition fees and less financial aid.

“Trying to balance the budget on the backs of students couldn’t be more short sighted,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Making students and their families pay more while cutting taxes for the rich is pure conservative ideology.”

The provincial budget cut $53-million in post-secondary tax credits and does nothing to control sky-high tuition fees.

The budget also removes safeguards against public-private partnership experiments; something Unifor says is a recipe for failure.

“Unregulated public-private partnerships are a terrible idea for Manitoba,” said McKie. “Manitobans will take all of the financial risk, while Pallister’s friends will reap any benefits.”

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at ian.boyko@unifor.org or 778-903-6549 (cell).