Store hours to be expanded, PST gone from some services: Manitoba throne speech

WINNIPEG — Here are some key promises made in Tuesday's throne speech in Manitoba:

— The provincial sales tax is to be eliminated, starting next year, from salon services, wills and tax preparation.

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— Probate fees to be eliminated and vehicle registration fees to be reduced by 10 per cent as of July 1.

— Provincial restrictions on Sunday and holiday store openings to be eliminated, although municipalities will continue to have the right to set their own limits.

— Provincial film and video tax credit to be enhanced.

— Home care and other health services to be improved; 200 more nurses and 80 rural paramedics to be hired in the coming years.

— A new sobering facility and new hospital treatment beds to be opened to help drug addicts.

— Law enforcement to receive an additional $10 million to fight crime; ability to seize drug dealers' assets to be expanded.

— Provincial regulatory barriers to be cut to give farmers more ability to produce food for local markets.

— Victims of sexual violence to receive enhanced protection to take leave from work. Manitoba to adopt "Clare's Law" to allow police to warn partners of someone's violent or abusive past.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 19, 2019.

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