Election forum: Economy and security dominate discussions between heads of state and government | 2023 Manitoba election

On Tuesday morning, the three leaders of Manitoba’s main political parties shared their ideas on the economy, safety and other issues at a forum hosted by the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association.

This was the first exchange between the three leaders since the provincial election campaign began.

Party leaders said they would reintroduce snow removal services on the province’s major highways 24 hours a day. Snow clearing times have been shortened in recent years.

On the economy, Progressive Conservative leader Heather Stefanson has promised income and corporate tax cuts if her party is re-elected on October 3.

She added that this would further boost investment and job growth.

The head of NDP Wab Kinew of Manitoba said he will ensure electricity rates stay lower to attract businesses. His party also wants to focus on areas such as hydrogen development and vital minerals.

Liberal Party leader Dougald Lamont recalled that he would create a regional economic development bank to make it easier for them to access capital.

The leaders of these parties are expected to take part in further discussions before the elections, including an hour-long live televised debate next week.

With information from The Canadian Press

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