With voters heading to the polls on April 19, the visions for the parties couldn’t be clearer. NDP leader and incumbent Premier, Greg Selinger, wrapped up the 2016 Leaders Series Presented by Deloitte by reminding those in attendance of the NDP record over the last decade and the need to push forward on a vision of steady growth and stimulus spending to continue to grow Manitoba.
Mr. Selinger started his nearly half hour speech by admitting 16 years is a long time for a government but they key to that longevity is by staying open to new ideas and staying in touch with people and organizations. He then went through a list of his party’s accomplishments and continued, as he has done throughout the campaign, layout his vision for a prosperous future through focused investment in communities across Manitoba that will lay the foundation for better jobs and sustained growth. He remained adamant that now is not the time for cuts and that core services, like health care, educations and Crown corporations, need to be protected from privatization, a claim he made against his Conservative opponent.
As the morning breakfast concluded, Mr. Selinger spoke about the opportunities in the tourism industry, pointing out the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce role in the establishment of a sustainable investment model for the tourism sector, a plan that is also supported by the Conservatives. Selinger also touched on the challenges facing the north and his plans for expanding training of workers and regulations for industry to operate in the critical mining areas that play such an important role.
If you missed any of the previous leader breakfasts, you can catch up on what was said by clicking on the links below.
The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce would like to offer our thanks to the leaders; Greg Selinger, Rana Bokhari and Brian Pallister for being part of this series. Their commitment to public service is commended, as is the commitment from those running. We would also like to thank our series sponsor Deloitte, breakfast sponsor, Winnipeg Construction Association, and our supporting sponsor, Manitoba School Boards Association.