For the first time ever the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce will post all of the provincial parties’ policy announcements during the Provincial Election. We will also “tag” key themes (business taxes, education etc.) to help you compare the parties’ policy positions. It’s all part of our commitment to raise the level of debate and public engagement.   

As well, click here to check out the latest on the Manitoba BOLD, a business-led campaign to challenge to challenge our political leaders, businesses and communities and to come forward with bold ideas to take Manitoba to a whole new level.

For the last twelve years under the NDP, there have been significant issues with the NDP approach to businesses and entrepreneurs in Manitoba.  I have had many businessmen complain to me about these issues.

Jon Gerrard

Manitoba Liberals will act to improve the business climate and the jobs in Manitoba.  As I indicated in my post yesterday, we will reduce the job killing payroll tax.  This morning, I spoke to members of the Manitoba Business Council about the economy and about other issues.  We will join the New West Partnership of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.  We will create the Manitoba Research, Innovation and Opportunity Fund including the Small Business Investment in Research program (see my blog post of Sept 12).   We will work to build entrepreneurship generally and most particularly among aboriginal people to compliment the activities of Paul Martin and his Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative to promote aboriginal entrepreneurs. We will also address other issues as shown below – to reduce red tape and improve government services.

One of the problems for business people in Manitoba has been the proliferation of regulations and red tape.  Manitoba Liberals would launch a Regulatory Review Committee which would recommend how best to measure the amount of red tape and reduce it.  As has been found in other jurisdictions, in order to reduce red tape and keep it reduced, you need to measure and quantify in some fashion the amount of red tape and develop an ongoing process to review and reduce the red tape and regulations.  We will use best practices from other jurisdictions to do this well.

Another issue for business people has been the quality of government services and the efficiency and cost-effectiveness with which they are being delivered.  Manitoba Liberals will establish a Commission on Efficiencies that will engage the public in looking at the provision of government services, their quality, their cost-effectiveness and the efficiency with which they are delivered.    We will use the four principles of improving quality outlined below:

  1. You cannot reduce cost without affecting quality.
  2. You can improve quality without increasing cost.
  3. You can reduce cost by improving quality.
  4. You can reduce cost by reducing variation.The fundamental tenet here is improving quality is the key goal.  That is our goal as Liberals.

See our full Liberal platform at: http://mlp.manitobaliberals.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Strong-Families-Healthy-Communities-Platform.pdf