Manitoba Election 2019 Promise Tracker: Where do the parties stand on the major issues?

Manitobans are heading to the polls for a late summer election on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

If you’re undecided on who to vote for, Global News Winnipeg has you covered. From health care and education to infrastructure and the meth crisis, we’re keeping track of every promise made by the main political parties vying for your vote.

Here’s a running list of all the campaign promises made so far.

Manitoba Liberal Party

  • June 20 – The Liberals pledge to create a provincially-run Manitoba Police Service, with special units for Indigenous policing, border security with a focus on illicit drugs, anti-gang and organized crime, white collar and commercial crime, and human trafficking.
  • July 5 – Dougald Lamont promises to restore the 50/50 funding agreement between the province and city for Winnipeg Transit, and will always match federal dollars offered for funding transit.
  • July 12 – The Liberals say they will restore and expand the ‘Life-Saving Drugs Program.”
  • July 14 – The Manitoba Liberals say they will merge all regional health authorities with Manitoba Health, in an effort to return control and decision-making authority to the local level.
  • July 19 – The Liberals unveil their meth and addictions plan, which includes drug stabilization units, extending recovery time in public beds and more transitional housing for addicts.
  • July 28 – Dougald Lamont promises to appoint an independent commission to review Manitoba’s tax system.
  • Aug. 2 – Dougald Lamont promises to fund a process to reduce phosphorus emissions from Winnipeg’s North End Treatment Plant by 70 per cent. Manitoba Liberals would also issue $500-million in “Save Lake Winnipeg Bonds” to help finance infrastructure projects that reduce the flow of phosphorus into lakes and streams across the province.
  • Aug. 8 – The Liberals promised to create a publicly-owned Manitoba Business Development Bank if elected. The party said start-up costs for the bank would be $78 million in the first year, but would then become self-financing from return on investment.
  • Aug. 11 – Dougald Lamont promises to support the arts by creating a capital fund, earmarking 2.5% of existing infrastructure spending for cultural infrastructure. He also said Liberals would increase municipal funding for the arts per capita by $4 million in the first year, raising to the national average by the end of the party’s first term in office.
  • Aug 13 – Dougald Lamont opened the party’s official campaign with a 25-page plan for “green growth and renewal”. He vowed to make Manitoba carbon neutral by 2030 and have the province adopt its own carbon tax. If elected he said the party will establish 500 square kilometres of new wilderness, including urban forests, and restore grasslands.
  • Aug. 15 – Dougald Lamont promises to cover clinical psychological therapy as part of medicare and invest in training mental-health professionals if elected. He said a Liberal government would also pay for psychological assessments and treatments for children with learning and behavioural disabilities.
  • Aug. 16 – Dougald Lamont promised to create a $7-million annual fund to help communities with lead contamination in their soil.

New Democratic Party

  • July 30 – Wab Kinew pledges to expand services at the Main Street Project within the first 100 days of being elected to help battle the meth crisis.
  • Aug. 8 – Wab Kinew launches NDP campaign plan, vowing to raise taxes for people earning more than $250,000 a year, boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and re-open some closed ERs and hire more nurses by spending $35 to $45 million more on health care. He also pledged to put a price on carbon, lift the public-sector wage freeze, and balance the budget by 2024.
  • Aug. 12 – Wab Kinew promises to reopen the shuttered emergency rooms at Concordia and Seven Oaks hospitals and add more beds to hospitals throughout the city.
  • Aug. 13 – Wab Kinew promised to hire more nurses, starting in critical areas, including in the closed ERs the party has previously vowed to reopen, and add 75 nurse training seats.
  • Aug. 14 – The NDP promises that parking will be free at Manitoba hospitals if they’re elected. Wab Kinew pledged $3 million towards the plan to give Manitobans two hours of free parking whenever they visit a hospital.
  • Aug. 15 – Wab Kinew said he would increase the number of personal care home spots for seniors across Manitoba if elected, including an 80-bed expansion at Winnipeg’s Park Manor at a cost of $21.3 million.
  • Aug 16. – Wab Kinew vowed to cut land transfer taxes by $1,000 for first-time buyers and people with disabilities.

PC Party of Manitoba

  • July 8 – Brian Pallister pledges to cancel the provincial sales tax on home insurance, which he says will save the average homeowner $70 a year.
  • July 15Rochelle Squires says they will cancel the PST on salon services and haircuts over $50.
  • July 25 – Brian Pallister says they will eliminate PST on wills combined with the elimination of probate fees — what is also known as death taxes — if elected.
  • Aug. 1 – The PC Party promises to roll back PST on tax preparation, saving $3 million a year for Manitobans — or about $2.30 per Manitoban.
  • Aug. 7 – The PC Party promises to launch a three-point plan to address meth and other drugs, including a new sobering facility to treat 20 to 30 patients at a time, new recovery and drop-in centres, a new Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine clinic in the Southern Health-Sante Sud region, and more supportive recovery housing units. They promised support for youth anti-drug initiatives and say they’ll update the province’s anti-addictions curriculum and give more resources to school divisions. The party also pledged nearly $8 million for enforcement, including a Crime Stoppers ad blitz in Winnipeg, Brandon, and rural Manitoba, more resources for the Public Safety Investigations Unit, and an expansion of criminal forfeiture laws.
  • Aug. 13 – Brian Pallister promises to lower Passenger Vehicle Registration fees. He says passenger vehicle owners will save $35 per vehicle per year under the plan.
  • Aug. 15 – Brian Pallister promises to build 13 new schools over 10 years if re-elected. Eight of the schools would go up in Winnipeg, while the rest would be in Brandon, West St. Paul, Morden and Steinbach. The Tories previously committed to building seven other schools, and the total investment for all 20 is about $500 million.
  • Aug. 16 – The PCs promise more money for tourism, highways and the film industry and say they’ll expand broadband access in rural and northern areas as part of their economic platform.

Green Party

  • Aug. 9 – Manitoba Green Party leader James Beddome launches the party’s platform, calling for a rising carbon tax — $50 per tonne in 2020 rising by $10 every year after — and free public transit. He also promised a guaranteed basic income and government help to restore inter-city bus service in rural and northern areas.

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