As the premier and his government passed the halfway mark of their first mandate, Brian Pallister used the final 2018 Leaders Series Breakfast presented by Deloitte to reflect on the past 24 months, with a keen on what is still to be achieved.
The premier took a few moments to remind those in attendance of the difficulties and deficit they have had dealing with since the April 2016 election. He spoke glowing of the hard work his minister’s and his caucus has done in bringing down that debt while re-establishing Manitoba’s credit rating with major bond agencies. The foundational changes to health care were also singled out for the important steps the government is making on this front, but also the way the changes were communicated as a disappointment of his first two years in office. The premier sited the timing of making the changes coinciding with a by-election in Point Douglas, and that limited the way it was shared with Manitobans and added that communicating with residents remains an important piece of how the government gets its message out.
During his address to more than 300 people, Premier Pallister also spoke about, what he called, the thoughtful collaborative action being taken by the Chamber movement in Manitoba. He extended his thanks for the contributions we have made to projects like the Look North task force, sustainable tourism marketing, and our role in helping the economic development task force. As he makes his way into the second half of his mandate, the premier was asked if he is where he wants to be at this point. Upon reflection, he told Manitoba Chambers of Commerce President and CEO Chuck Davidson that as someone from the private sector, he is never where he wants to be and is always working to get there.
If you missed this leaders breakfast, you can view the Q & A between MCC’s president and the premier by clicking here.