More private liquor, fewer subsidies envisaged by Manitoba government

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is eyeing more private-sector involvement in liquor sales and fewer subsidies to cultural facilities in downtown Winnipeg.

The Progressive Conservative government has released new mandate letters for the province’s Crown corporations.

The Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation is being told to find opportunities for increased private-sector participation in liquor retail and distribution.

The Manitoba Centennial Centre Corporation, which operates a museum, theatre and concert hall in Winnipeg, is being told to develop a five-year plan to achieve self-sufficiency.

The corporation received $2.5 million in provincial operating grants last year.

The mandate letters are part of the government’s drive to control costs and balance the provincial budget by 2024.




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