POLITICS

Some highlights from the Manitoba throne speech

11/12/2013 02:43 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
WINNIPEG - Highlights of Tuesday's throne speech by the Manitoba government:

— $5.5 billion over five years for infrastructure projects, including better flood protection for Highway 75 south of Winnipeg.

— Money for a second leg of rapid transit in Winnipeg and a bypass around Headingley.

— Consultation to begin on a new provincial park along Hudson Bay to protect polar bears.

— Livestock price insurance changes to be introduced for beef and hog producers.

— New law requiring real estate agents and contractors to fully disclose all costs to homeowners.

— New law to close loopholes in payday lending rules that allow for high line-of-credit rates.

— Laws related to gang members and the witness protection program to be strengthened.

— New curriculum for language arts, including new guidelines for francophone schools.

— New law to better protect roadside workers from danger.