The cost of bracket creep in Manitoba

On April 30, the Manitoba provincial government will present its budget for the coming fiscal year. You can be sure that within the budget package the government will trumpet the tax savings that it has bestowed on Manitoba wage earners over the years. You can be equally sure that there will be no mention of…

Doubling down on TFSAs

The Government of Canada has not yet backed away from its plans to increase the Tax Free Savings Account contribution limit to $10,000-$11,000 from the current $5,500, and that has caused a bit of a stir. The foregone tax revenue will cost the federal and provincial governments billions of dollars a year, we are told,…

Referendums and PST

  I once had a conversation with a person from an obscure political party who’s platform involved holding a referendum on every major economic or policy decision. “What could be more democratic than that?” he asked. Nothing, I suppose, but the point of a democracy isn’t to put every individual decision in the hands of…

You are invited to my budget party

Are you tired of getting invited to parties for Epicure, Amway, Norwex, etc.? Do you feel obligated to go to them because you know the host; and then you feel obligated to buy some overpriced junk because, well, that’s the whole point of the party? I’ve never been a fan of these personal network pyramid…

Manitoba Hydro: Finally figuring it out.

For years Manitoba Hydro has been promoting energy efficiency through its Power Smart program. They paid for numerous TV ads, they had a trade-in program for LED Christmas lights, they sent me not one but TWO packages of CFL light bulbs, and if I stop procrastinating and finally get around to insulating my attic, they…

The real impact of Manitoba’s Core Infrastructure plan

Not long ago the provincial government in Manitoba announced an ambitious plan to spend $5.5 billion on “core infrastructure” over the next 5 years. This is the main pillar of the NDP’s economic strategy, and as such the government needs to show that it’s all worthwhile. To that end, the government commissioned a study by…

Manitoba Hydro and Manitoba Forward

I was scanning the Winnipeg Sun today when I came upon a full page ad directed at Manitoba Hydro employees: The ad starts by buttering up Hydro employees by telling them that they “have done a fine job”, then sets about explaining why their employer is going to shambles. The ad explains that the NDP…