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Manitoba Election 2019: Spend Like a Small Business

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Small business owners like you work hard to operate within their means and they expect their governments to do the same. Manitoba is still expecting a $360 million summary deficit in the 2019 budget, and the provincial debt has ballooned over the last few years. It is essential that the province returns to balanced budgets as soon as possible and spend sustainably after (inflation + population growth). Large deficits and growing debt can lead to tax increases in the future, and make it more challenging to pay for essential programs like healthcare, education and infrastructure, among others.

Return to Balanced Budgets and Practice Long-term Fiscal Prudence:

The province is inching closer to balanced budgets. According to our projections, the provincial summary deficit is expected to be roughly zero dollars (balanced) in the 2022-2023 budget, on the current path. This projected timeline is consistent with the preference of CFIB members.

It is essential that the Government of Manitoba identifies efficiencies within government to deliver tax relief while keeping spending growth on track. Once the budget is balanced, the government should only increase spending at a sustainable rate (inflation +population growth) going forwards in order to begin paying down the debt and offer more tax relief.

CFIB challenged Manitoba parties to:

  • Balance the budget by no later than 2022, without tax increases, as per CFIB’s projected timeline;
  • Limit short-term spending growth to no more than inflation and population growth in order to return to balanced budgets by no later than 2022, while annually increasing infrastructure spending;
  • Outline and publically release a comprehensive multi-year plan to return to balanced budgets and begin paying down the provincial debt; and
  • Limit long-term spending increases to inflation and population growth after the budget is balanced.
Curb Spending Growth:

To balance the provincial budget, Manitoba’s small business owners support the government reducing spending to achieve this goal (90%). A lesser number (34%) support increasing revenues through non-tax measures to help. It is clear that small business owners do not support returning to balanced budgets by increasing taxes, and just 1 per cent believe there is no current need to balance the budget at all.

CFIB challenged Manitoba parties to:

  • Significantly reduce the size/cost of the provincial civil service (crown corporations included) by; 
    • Eliminating redundancy and excess staff through attrition;
    • Continuing to narrow wage disparity (19.5%) between public and private sector workers;
    • Eliminating work week hours gap between public and private sector workers;
    • Eliminating banked public sector sick days (208);
    • Moving new hires from a defined benefit to defined contribution pension plan; and
  • Implement Fiscal Performance Reviews in future years.

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

To find where the Government of Manitoba stands on small business priorities, visit CFIB’sParty Leaders’ Survey on Small Business Priorities

Do you have concerns to share about Manitoba's spending and its impact on your business? Call CFIB today at 1-888-234-2232 or send an email to [email protected]

2019 Manitoba Fiscal Projections