Manitoba Finance Minister, Scott Fielding, Tables 2020-21 Budget

After some procedural wrangling, Manitoba’s provincial budget was finally released eight days after what was originally scheduled. However, due to COVID-19 the fiscal situation facing the province has changed drastically over the past week. An emergency COVID-19 supplement was tabled with the budget and to reflect the urgency of the pandemic the legislature rose shortly after the budget was delivered. At this time no date has been given for the legislature to resume sitting. Originally, the deficit for the 2020-21 fiscal year was forecast to be $220 million - a $140 million improvement over the 2019 budget. A deficit of $50 million was projected for 2021-22 with the province balancing it’s

Saskatchewan's Finance Minister, Donna Harpauer, Tables Spending Estimates for 2020-21

In an unprecedented move, the provincial government in Saskatchewan cancelled its planned delivery of the 2020-21 Budget, scheduled to be tabled today in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, and instead tabled only its spending estimates for the coming fiscal year. They did not table revenue forecasts and gave no indication of when they might table a full budget. The Legislative Session was immediately adjourned after the spending estimates were tabled and the Legislature will suspend the Legislative sitting until an unknown date so that MLA’s can return to their Constituencies. The Minister of Finance, Hon. Donna Harpauer, did not indicate when she might table a full budget and would

Government of Canada's Economic Response Plan for COVID-19

Information from the Government of Canada - March 18, 2020 Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures and governments across Canada and around the world are announcing response plans designed to support their citizens and business as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the Government of Canada announced the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses that will provide up to $27 Billion in direct support for workers and businesses that includes the following: Support for Individuals Temporary Income Support for Workers & Parents: Waiving the one-week waiting period for Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits Waiving the requirement

Saskatchewan Government to Release 2020-21 Spending Plans Tomorrow

News release from the Government of Saskatchewan: Finance Minister Donna Harpauer plans to proceed with a scaled-back budget release tomorrow (March 18, 2020), which is the scheduled date for the provincial budget. Harpauer will table the 2020-21 Budget estimates, which are the government spending plans for the upcoming year for all areas of government, including health, education, social services, public protection and capital spending. “The budget estimates will contain spending increases in most areas, including a significant increase in health funding,” Harpauer said. “It includes a significant lift to the Saskatchewan Health Authority, which funds the doctors, nurses and other health p

Manitoba Legislative Assembly

Today the Manitoba Legislative Assembly resumed sitting for the spring legislative session. There are 20 government bills held over from the fall sitting, including legislation to expand Sunday shopping hours and ending forced unionization on construction projects. Over 20 bills are also expected for the spring session, with a lot of the focus expected to be on changes to Manitoba's education system. Last year a commission was formed to review Manitoba's Kindergarten to Gr. 12 education system, the largest such review in decades. Ministerial mandate letters were also released, and they indicate that Premier Pallister wants to lean on the private sector a little more in his second term. Great

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