Professor of economics and management at the University of Saint-Boniface Faïçal Zellama is of the opinion that, faced with all the challenges facing faces the province, achieving a balanced budget should not be a priority.
However, he hopes that the current government will not waste too much energy in political tensions, because the challenges it faces are major. Debt service, inflation, unemployment and economic growth are some of these challenges.
Although it is possible, budget balance should not be an objective in itself, believes Mr. Zellama, because it implies a certain conservatism in spending.
We must diversify our economies. We must think about creating productivity through salary increases, he says.
During a press conference on Tuesday, the interim head of the Progressive Conservative Party, Heather Stefanson, said she accepts no responsibility for accusations of fiscal mismanagement by the NDP.
Manitobans need not be afraid. It's nothing other than political games on the part of the NDP, she responded to journalists.
We left this government in good financial shape, she said, rejecting allegations of unbudgeted spending.
Ms. Stefanson also handed over questioned the publication of this report which, according to her, must generally be made public between Christmas and New Year. She added that it was a purely political maneuver.
She also argued that the figures presented were inflated as much as possible, in order to be able to present better results in the spring.
Heather Stefanson, however, was unable to specify how much the figures were inflated, arguing that her party no longer formed the government.
The interim leader of the Liberal Party, Cindy Lamoureux, reacted in a press release, expressing concerns about the data presented by the province.
[The New Democratic Party] promised to repair the years of austerity under the Conservatives, she wrote in the press release. This gives the impression that this government is setting the stage to announce budget cuts to the services Manitobans depend on.