On April 19, 2016 the people of Manitoba gave Brian Pallister and the Manitoba Progressive Conservative party a historic majority government, with 40 of the 57 seats in the Legislature. The NDP will form the official opposition with 14 seats, and the Liberals won 3 seats.

Premier Greg Selinger has resigned as NDP leader, but will continue to serve as an MLA in the Legislature.  Selinger’s decision to raise the PST in 2013, without warning or consultation and despite promising not to do so in the 2011 election, was a key issue in this election.  RCC strongly opposed the PST increase. The PC Party has committed to reducing the PST back to 7% by the end of its first term in office.

Premier-elect Pallister has outlined what to expect during the new government’s first 100 days in office. Key economic commitments include:

  • Abolish the “vote tax” subsidy for political parties.
  • Restore the public’s right to vote on tax increases.
  • Establish a Red Tape Reduction Task Force.
  • Meet with municipalities to discuss strategic infrastructure funding.
  • Join the New West Partnership Trade Agreement between BC, Alberta & Saskatchewan. This will boost trade and make it easier for Manitoba businesses to expand.
  • Establish the Premier’s Enterprise Team to provide advice to government on economic development.

Retailers can also expect the new government to raise the personal basic exemption, index Manitoba’s tax brackets to inflation, and potentially implement other tax changes in the upcoming provincial budget. These changes will increase the spending power of Manitoba consumers and will be welcome news for Manitoba retailers. 

RCC provided information and updates for Manitoba retailers during the provincial campaign on www.voteretail.ca. RCC also encouraged merchants to connect with their local candidates to raise issues important to our sector. 

Additionally, RCC asked each political party how they would address the priority issues Manitoba retailers are facing. We posted those responses on our VoteRetail.ca website as well as each party’s full platform.

To see the PC Party’s response to RCC’s questionnaire, click here

To view the PC Party's full platform, click here.

Retail Council of Canada will be meeting with numerous government officials in the coming weeks to discuss the new government’s legislative agenda and the next provincial budget.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Lanny McInnes, Director -  Government Relations (Prairies) at: [email protected] or 204-253-1654