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Old Posted Nov 20, 2015, 7:55 PM
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Let's hear it for more ham-handed government control over things that should be handled by private retailers!
You think a province with complete control over liquor is going to hand over an equally controlled commodity like pot, to private retailers?

Not a chance. This should come as a surprise to no one.

This is probably the easiest way to deal with this, at least in the short term.

In any event, what Selinger wants doesn't matter. He won't be in power when this comes to fruition. Regardless of how its sold - I just hope the PC's are as pro-pot as the NDP, and do not try to throw up roadblocks for even just selling it in MB, let alone who sells it.
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And just so we are clear - I am in full support of absolute privatization of Alcohol and pot sales in MB. I just don't think it's going to happen.

Obviously the NDP won't do it, and the rural PC base probably don't care to see increased access to either product.

Our only hope are the Liberals. But they are basically a political basket case at the provincial level.
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"These are all highly addictive drugs and we want to make sure Manitobans get the best opportunity to be protected from them," Selinger said Thursday at the Legislative Building.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/loc...351954191.html

That is the most ridiculous thing I've heard in a long time. I'll protect myself from whatever I see fit, thank you very much. Either substance is something I don't need protection from.
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Good article about the booze monopoly seeing it is being discussed presently.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opi...352072591.html
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Good article about the booze monopoly seeing it is being discussed presently.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opi...352072591.html
Agreed. I think the number one "fear" some people have is the job issue but my view is:

a) clearly there will actually be more net jobs in the end
b) retail sales is not something that should be paying $20-30 an hour with full benefits, all with public money. it makes me cringe.
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NDP dealing with the infrastructure deficit? lol

It took them 15 years to start dealing with it. No surprise - they probably hope the voters' memories are really short.
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NDP dealing with the infrastructure deficit? lol

They doubled the highways budget in 2005 from 2005 to over $250M. They almost doubled it again in 2007 to $400M. They almost doubled it again in 2011. It now sits at $700M. They've been dealing with it for a long time, and the results are evident if you regularly drive provincial highways. There is still a long way to go. I don't like the PST increase, but it's necessary.
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Selinger remains least popular premier in Canada


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With just four months to go before Manitobans head to the polls, Premier Greg Selinger’s personal approval rating remains solidly in the toilet....

Canada’s least popular premier, with an approval rating of only 22%....
Manitobans head to the polls on April 19.

APPROVAL RATINGS

Brad Wall (Sask) 60%
Stephen McNeil (N.S.) 46%
Rachel Notley (Alta.) 45%
Philippe Couillard (PQ) 35%
Brian Gallant (N.B.) 34%
Christy Clark (B.C.) 34%
Kathleen Wynne (Ont.) 30%
Greg Selinger (Man.) 22%


http://www.winnipegsun.com/2015/12/0...mier-in-canada

Where is rrskylar, when you need him...

Unchanged results from over a year ago apparently...4 + months left. where will you be on April.19th ?
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I am completely undecided on how to vote. Manitoba is better than it was 20 years ago, but it's not better than it was 5 years ago.
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I'm just speculating, but I'm guessing the Liberals will gain considerably here among most posters with the wave of enthusiasm garnered by Trudeau's victory.

I remain humbly conflicted in my choice at this point as well...
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I can't imagine any decision being easier.
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Picking Pallister is not easy.
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It is if you care about Manitoba's prosperity. Cuts must be made, the bloated government reduced, and spending monitored. The NDP simply taxes its way out of any situation, and relies on transfer payments. Pallister is not Filmon.

The reality is many people will never be happy no matter who is in government. Filmon was right to make some cuts, but became too tight with the purse strings.

I am still undecided between Rana and Brian.
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^ vote for Pallister and bring back the harmony and prosperity of the 1990s!

Seriously though, I get that the NDP may be past their best before date, but I certainly wouldn't regard this as a no brainer... Mainly because of who is at the helm of the PC party.
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Pallister was at odds with Filmon. A Pallister government would not resemble a Filmon government.
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So Pallister will not rely on transfer payments? Whoo boy, see you guys. I'm out of here if transfer payments go away!

Seriously though, I wish the Liberals were stronger to at least give some kind of options.
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I've always been most at home in the Liberal party, and that's why I've voted NDP in Manitoba as long as I've been able to vote (they're orange liberals here). I'll make my decision during the campaign. My gut tells me (it's been right every election for the last few years provincially and federally) that the NDP will just eek this out, despite their weak record under Sellinger.
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Lol, the NDP is not even attempting to make the province less reliant.

I think the Liberals will make a triumphant return to the political landscape of Manitoba. Either the PC or Liberals forming a minority with the other as official opposition would be ideal IMO.
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It is if you care about Manitoba's prosperity. Cuts must be made
There are 4 major spenders:

Health, Education, Infrastructure, and Family Services.

Where are you going to cut? Health and education are already on shoestring budgets (per capita) compared to what they were a few years ago (I was on a Hospital board in rural Manitoba for a few years, so I know). Infrastructure spending is finally taking a chunk out of Manitoba's worse than national infrastructure deficit. Family Services is a hornet's nest that is going to be terrible to clean up, but there may be some modest savings to find there, eventually.

Seriously, there aren't many places that the PCs could realistically cut.
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Lol, the NDP is not even attempting to make the province less reliant.
How would one even go about doing this?
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