Manitoba’s chronic reliance on transfer payments, its ever-inflating public sector and its increasing concentration of sectoral decision-making power in the hands of a few politicians have diminished the province’s prospects by over -politicizing its economy and the community in general.
The day will come when federal transfers will be reformed and capital markets will punish governments that are unwilling to live within their budgets.
With some vision and leadership, Western Canada’s only “have-not” province can respond proactively with more effective and modern public policies.
Here are some policy ideas for meeting these challenges:
Core Public Sector Reform/Fiscal Constitution
Crown Corporation Reform
Ending Federal Transfer Dependency
New West Partnership