I was pleased to see recent news showing Brian Pallister’s Tories succeeded in delaying the PST hike proposed by the NDP government until later this fall. It is about time Manitoba had this kind of leadership.
After more than 13 years of NDP rule in Manitoba, there are reasons to be concerned about the future of our province. Crime is pervasively high in the city. Our taxes are higher than most provinces outside Quebec. Our public finances are some of the worst in the country. Natural resource wealth is squandered by waste and mismanagement.
But of course, Manitoba has a lot to celebrate. We have one of the most diverse populations in Canada. We have a rich history as a gateway to the West. We have a diverse and dynamic economy with strong agricultural, financial and transport sectors.
However, much of this potential has been sapped by countless years of NDP government.
The recent PST tax hike is an example of the NDP philosophy that holds Manitobans back.
It is a philosophy which believes that money is better spent by politicians and bureaucrats than by Manitobans and their families. It is a philosophy which says that the best solution to cleaning up our streets and providing opportunity is more government programs.
What has this brought us? Our crime rates in Winnipeg are some of the highest in Canada. Our provincial taxes are some of the highest in Canada. Our debt is of the highest in Canada. Our natural resource sector is falling behind other western Canadian provinces.
Most of these areas are the direct or indirect responsibility of the Province of Manitoba.
We need to start cleaning things up. We need to bring taxes down. We need to encourage investment and entrepreneurship. We need to start saying that is unacceptable that our streets are unsafe. We need to develop our resources to maximize benefits for Manitobans. We need to pay down the debt.
This means finding an alternative to the NDP. Theirs is a party which says nice things, but causes a real mess in reality. We only need to look at examples like the PST hike, Jets ticket scandal, Hydro project mismanagement and miserable public finances to get a glimpse of where the problems originate.
We have a lot to be excited about as Manitobans. But to succeed in Western Canada and in the world, we need a change of scene under the Golden Boy.
In the coming months and years, let’s support an alternative to the NDP and rediscover the promise of being Manitoban.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 18, 2013