Wab Kinew calls for an increase and stabilization of federal transfers

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Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew.

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Published at 19:56 UTC

Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew wants more stable federal transfers and room to increase payments.

Wab Kinew explains that he raised the subject in a meeting with the leader of the Conservative Party, Pierre Poilievre, in March. He asks for more guarantees from the federal government.

Manitoba received $900 million more in federal transfers this year, which includes payments for social and health programs, among others.

The biggest increase came from equalization, amounts that are allocated to the poorest provinces after a calculation of their financial capacities.

Equalization has recently come under criticism, including from Alberta Premier Danielle Smith.

The federal government is required to maintain the current formula until 2029, while for his part, Pierre Poilievre indicates that he will define his party’s guideline on this subject during the next electoral campaign.

With information from The Canadian Press

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