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.