POLITICS

Highlights of the Manitoba throne speech

11/19/2012 02:41 EST | Updated 01/19/2013 05:12 EST
WINNIPEG - Highlights from the Manitoba government's throne speech Monday:

— Budget may not be balanced, as promised by 2014, due to soft global economy.

— Some 200 new personal care home beds to be funded; 16 rural chemotherapy centres to be upgraded to provide full cancer care.

— Medical practices to be offered extra money if they agree to take on new patients.

— Some small municipalities to be forced to amalgamate before the 2014 municipal elections.

— New consumer protection laws to require strong warranties for people who buy homes and vehicles; more transparency for cable or satellite television bills.

— Schools to have new certification programs for principals; new parent-friendly curriculum tools.

— Municipalities to get curbside composting programs, starting in Brandon.

— About 600 jobs to be cut in the civil service through attrition.

— New measures to crack down on impaired driving.