Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger speaks to reporters at the Council of The Federation in Ottawa. (Photo: Justin Tang/CP)"There's always a certain advantage ... to having your hand on the reins of power," Pallister said Tuesday.
Media the watchdog, Selinger saysSelinger said the media and voters would be able to tell if a government tried to game the system. "I think the media create the level playing field. They act as a watchdog on everything we do," he said. "You can do as many announcements as you want. Unless they make sense in terms of the values and priorities of Manitobans, we're going to get criticism for it or we're going to get skepticism about it." Opinion polls suggest Selinger is facing an uphill battle in his bid for re-election. Several recent polls have pegged support for the NDP some 20 points behind the Progressive Conservatives and in a close contest with the third-place Liberals.
"There's always a certain advantage ... to having your hand on the reins of power."On Tuesday, Selinger promised $15 million for a new garden conservatory that is supposed to be cost-shared with the federal government and the private sector. The announcement was made even though the federal government has yet to commit. The premier also announced up to $1.5 million a year for the United Way, and led a media tour of a new office for the province's flood forecasting staff. Selinger said it's necessary for the government to outline its plans. "What we've been trying to do is put out the vision we presented in the (November) throne speech — a good five-year plan to keep Manitoba moving forward." When the blackout kicks in, Selinger and other politicians are restricted to announcements and advertisements organized and paid for by their respective parties. Limited exceptions include matters of public safety and advertising tenders for government contracts. — With files from Jennifer Graham in Regina and Keith Leslie in Toronto
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