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Manitoba Election 2019: Party Leaders' Survey

Manitoba's provincial election took place on September 10th

CFIB sent out the Party Leaders' Survey to all candidates to find out where they stand on issues important to small businesses including taxation, spending, red tape, labour laws and training programs. 

The Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba was re-elected, and the New Democratic Party of Manitoba will serve again as the Official Opposition.

Candidate Responses:

Brian Pallister - Progress Conservative Party of Manitoba

Wab Kinew - New Democratic Party of Manitoba

Dougald Lamont - Manitoba Liberal Party (DID NOT RESPOND)

James Beddome - Green Party of Manitoba

Leaders' Survey Highlights:

Positive commitments for business:


  • Long-term plan to eliminate school property taxes once the budget is balanced. 
  • Balancing the budget in 2022-2023.


  • Increase the small business corporate income tax threshold from $500,000 to $550,000.
  • Balancing the budget in 2022-2023.


  • The Liberal Party of Manitoba did not respond to CFIB’s Leaders’ Survey


    • Moving school property taxes into under personal and corporate income taxes.
    • Require the public release of a full costing of all significant new government initiatives before they are implemented.
    Areas of concern for business:


    • No plan to deliver on 2016 commitment to raise the BPE amount by $2,000 by 2020.
    • No commitment to not raise taxes or introduce any new ones.


    • Increase the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour.
    • Eliminate the Regulatory Accountability Secretariat, which oversees the province efforts to measure, track, report and reduce red tape.


    • The Liberal Party of Manitoba did not respond to the Leaders’ Survey


      • Introduce a higher carbon tax in 2020 ($50 per tonne), which would increase annually by $10 per tonne.
      • Introduce a 35-hour work week.
      Areas of agreement:

      While the four parties are all offering too little tax relief, there are some areas where the parties share positive ideas:

      • Both the PCs and NDP committed to balance the budget in the 2022 fiscal year.
      • Both the PCs and NDP committed to work with municipalities to reduce permitting red tape.
      • The PCs, NDP and Green Party all committed to allow businesses to choose whether to open on statutory holidays.
      • The PCs, NDP and Green Party all committed to bring forward prompt payment legislation or similar changes in the construction industry and work with industry stakeholders.

      For more information, read CFIB’s Manitoba Election 2019: Small Business Platform, or visit CFIB’s Manitoba Election website.

      Do you have questions about how these policies will impact your business? Call CFIB today at 1-888-234-2232 or send an email to [email protected].