Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in the Prairies

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in the Prairies

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What's making news in the Prairies

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FORMER BANK OF CANADA GOVERNOR TO REVIEW MANITOBA BUDGET LAW

A former Bank of Canada governor is being brought in to review the Manitoba government's balanced budget law.

The NDP government hired David Dodge to do the examination, but it will not happen until after the April 19 provincial election.

Premier Greg Selinger said Wednesday that the law, which restricts the government's ability to raise taxes and penalizes cabinet ministers for running deficits, could use an update and a broader focus.

The law was introduced by the former PC government but the NDP has changed it several times, including in 2013 when a requirement for a referendum on tax hikes was suspended so the provincial sales tax could be increased.

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FIRST DAY OF ALBERTA LEGISLATURE A 'GONG SHOW': WILDROSE

The house leader of Alberta's Opposition Wildrose party is calling the first day of the legislature's spring sitting a "gong show."

Nathan Cooper said his caucus lost a vote on Wednesday it likely could have won after the governing NDP realized it had too few members in the chamber for a vote on a new deputy chair of legislature committees.

He says additional members, including government house leader Brian Mason, began flowing in from the NDP side, ignoring the rule to stay out during voting.

The first vote was nullified and Mason apologized to the Speaker and the sergeant at arms, saying he takes responsibility for his mistake. ---

UNIVERSITY THINKING ABOUT WITHDRAWING MONEY FROM FOSSIL FUEL STOCKS, BONDS

The University of Winnipeg is considering withdrawing its foundation's money from stocks and bonds of fossil fuel companies.

Andrew Vineberg of student coalition Divest U-Winnipeg says almost five per cent of the foundation's funds are invested with 16 fossil fuel-related companies.

The first of three public forums on the issue was held Wednesday.

The student group says if the university decides to divest from companies that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, it will be the first university in Canada to do so. …

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