Tory Leader Hugh McFadyen addresses a BiPole III rally at the Manitoba legislature Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011.
The Liberal platform contains many ideas already announced this campaign by Leader Jon Gerrard, including funding the expansion of broadband Internet to every community in the province and a diabetes prevention strategy.
It also contains pledges like raising the basic personal income tax threshold, establishing a First Nations, Metis and Inuit education fund, and putting FASD warning labels on bottles of alcohol sold in Manitoba.
A Green Party government, meanwhile, would give Manitobans free post-secondary education, free public transit and a guaranteed minimum income. The party released a platform that promised both environmental and social protection as well as fiscal prudence, but contained very few budget estimates for the pledges.
Tory Leader Hugh McFadyen challenged his NDP rivals Wednesday to publicly encourage the federal New Democrats to support the new Conservative omnibus crime bill in Parliament. So they did.
"We strongly urge all the parties in Ottawa to support this crime bill and support it expeditiously. We're very encouraged by many of the measures in the bill," said Gord Mackintosh, the NDP candidate in St. Johns and former provincial justice minister. "Manitoba led the national call for most of what's in there."
Mackintosh, in fact, said the bill doesn't go far enough and called on Ottawa to make new stand-alone offences for home invasions and gang recruitment, as well as overhauling the Youth Criminal Justice Act, which he called "a rat's nest."
NDP Leader Greg Selinger promised to "re-focus" money available for low-interest loans from the government in an effort to attract more private businesses to Manitoba, or to get local ones to expand.
Selinger said $30 million will be taken from an existing loan authority and targeted specifically at providing loans to companies that can supply major Manitoba Hydro projects with parts, equipment and services.
The idea is to encourage companies to locate their operations here, or get firms already here to expand their operations.
Selinger could not put a firm number on how many jobs he expected this to create, but did say it should have "a huge multiplier effect."