Troops await inspection in front of the Manitoba legislature's grand staircase as part of the Throne Speech ceremonies Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. (PAUL TURENNE/Winnipeg Sun)
FIRST POSTED: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2011 01:45 PM CDT
Manitoba's NDP government pledged Thursday to focus its agenda over the next year on, well, just about everything they promised during the recent election campaign.
There were no surprises in Thursday's Speech from the Throne, which lays out the government's agenda for the coming year.
Premier Greg Selinger half-jokingly admitted as much.
"Is there anything new in this speech? Well, we gave you the leaks during the election period. There were 28 days of leaks," Selinger told reporters Thursday.
Selinger's government identified its priorities as health care, education and training, and ensuring Manitoba enjoys an "affordability advantage," among other things.
Specific pledges included things like capping kindergarten to Grade 3 classes at 20 students, waiving deductibles for cancer drugs, funding more police officers for the City of Winnipeg and other parts of the province and guaranteeing that for the next four years, Manitobans will have the lowest total bills for electricity, heating and car insurance.
All the pledges were also featured as election promises during the recent campaign.
Selinger said his government will introduce these measures in "incremental" ways over the following several budgets.
"We didn't say they'd all be done tomorrow. We said we'd start working on them," Selinger said.
"We want to make progress every year towards these goals, and I'm confident we can achieve them all."