Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Audio 2:45 AM ET

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Audio 2:45 AM ET

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National Audio 2:45 AM ET

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NAT001 - (MBAbudget) WINNIPEG. x-10s. It is budget day in Manitoba, and the Progressive Conservative government is not ruling out privatizing some services and reducing some tax credits. Finance Minister Cameron Friesen says he is determined to start chipping away at the deficit left by the former N-D-P government, and major changes are needed -- especially to the province's tax-credit system. ("..evidence-based.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: The Opposition New Democrats have accused the government of planning to cut tax credits for movie productions and income-tax rebates for university graduates. Friesen also confirmed a C-B-C report that the province is exploring the possibility of privatizing its fixed-wing air-ambulance program.

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NAT002 - (MBAbudget) WINNIPEG. x-11s. Manitoba Finance Minister Cameron Friesen is not ruling out privatizing some government services in the provincial budget this afternoon. Friesen says the Conservative government is looking at a lot of changes to tackle the deficit. ("..are broken.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: Friesen says there will be changes as well to some provincial tax credits. The Opposition New Democrats say tax credits for film productions and tax rebates for post-secondary graduates could be chopped. Friesen will only say the tax-credit system is expensive and needs trimming.

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NAT003 - (MBAbudget) WINNIPEG. x-05s. Manitoba's Opposition New Democrats say this afternoon's provincial budget could hurt a lot of people. N-D-P finance critic James Allum says the Tory government has given many signals that it is prepared to cut key services. ("..a great shame.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: Finance Minister Cameron Friesen says the budget will be about controlling spending growth rather than deep cuts. But he adds there will be some big changes to provincial tax credits. He is also leaving the door open to privatizing some government services.

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NAT004 - (Pot-Bill-Revenues) OTTAWA. x-30s. (Terry Pedwell) A new analysis says governments can wrestle recreational-pot proceeds away from criminals -- just so long as they're not counting on an early windfall from legalized weed. …

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