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Manitoba Public Insurance is saying that they have about $16 million dollars kicking around that they want to give back to their customers in addition to the rebates that were already distributed. This $16 million dollars however is not going to find its way into everyone’s pockets.

This additional rebate is to ensure that all customers receive a rebate. When the larger rebate was announced, not everyone received what they expected to receive and some didn’t receive a rebate at all. MPI has acknowledged that their calculations for the previous rebate, were not calculated properly. That is where this additional rebate comes into play. Roughly 16,000 customers did not receive a refund as expected. Another 130,000 didn’t receive the proper amount.

“Generally we are talking about $16 million, overall, going out to close to 160,000 people,” she said. “An average of $100. But some people may get $10 to $20, some may be getting over a thousand.” said MPI’s President, Marilyn McLaren.

Due to the Public Utilities Board having to approve this additional rebate, the timing of the rebate is currently unknown.

Stephen Harper was asked if he would make changes to the existing abortion and same sex laws should he gain control of the Commons. The Conservative leader said no. “We will govern on the platform we are elected on,” he told reporters during a campaign stop in the Niagara region. Just because Stephen Harper has said this does not mean that a Conservative MP could not or would not introduce a bill to change these laws but it does mean that Stephen Harper winning majority government would not use that as a mandate to change these laws.

Mr. Harper said the Tories would proceed to eliminate the gun registry if they win a majority because this is long-held party policy. “The position of the party is the position of the party,” he said. “The other subjects you brought up are not the positions of the party,” he said. “They’re not in the Conservative platform. I have no intention of opening up those issues.”

Canada legalized same-sex marriage under a former Liberal government.

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The City of Winnipeg has been involved in some shady operations, however nothing has been this obvious to citizens.

WiseUp Winnipeg is alleging that the city is acting in ways that are tricking drivers into getting tickets in the radar zones. On Friday, WiseUp Winnipeg revealed that the city has been removing warning signs from medians where they had been placed to alert drivers of the upcoming radar intersection.

Todd Dube, spokesman for the group, charged that the removal of the signs from at least 32 medians — sometime since June 2009 — is clearly part of the city’s stepped-up attempts to claw revenue from drivers.

“We’ve tracked every median where they did have one, and they’ve been removed,” Dube told the Winnipeg Sun.

“To take them down just shows how dirty they are, and what they’re focused on,” he added. “It shows the cameras have nothing to do with safety, and everything to do with revenue.”

Dube is saying that the signs were removed after the “fiasco” with the construction zone cameras. This was clearly a loss of revenue. “With that construction zone thing and the program nose-diving revenue-wise, they’ve been working hard at strategies to maximize violations,” he explained.

The city is maintaining that signs that are considered to be non essential are not being maintained. Dube says that if the city is removing signs, it is obvious they are not focused on safety.

Manitoba Public Insurance has been ordered to give 45% refunds to all policyholders from 2009/2010. This comes after an investigation into how much money MPI had in a reserve fund for the Personal Injury Protection Plan. When the Public Utilities Board looked into this reserve, they discovered that MPI had an extra $200 million more than is required. MPI was against the 45% refund but was forced to give it by the Public Utilities Board.For the average policyholder, the refund will be around $450 to $500 for every $1,000 of insurance premiums paid. The cheques will be mailed before the end of May.

Today the Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff has announced a brand new education program that is designed to help high school students move into college or university. This program is called the “Canadian Learning Passport” and it offers $4,000 in grants to every high school student who chooses to go to university, college or CEGEP.

On top of this, $6,000 will be provided to high school students from low-income families in 4 disbursments of $1,500. The money will be available for every family, not just upper-middle-class families that already take advantage of the RESP. It replaces two non-refundable tax credits: the textbook credit and education tax credit.

It is great that education is finally a priority of a main stream party however we’d like to know how this would affect current University students across Canada. The elimination of the textbook credit and education tax credit could be detrimental to some University students.

On Friday, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) voted in favor of a proposal given to the union by the city. “Eighty-five per cent of our members voted to accept our bargaining committee’s recommendation to accept the offer, so we’re very happy,” said Mike Davidson, CUPE Local 500 president. The approved contract is a 4 year deal that would have increases of benefits and salary over the term.

Harper government falls

After being the leader of the minority government, Stephen Harper lost the confidence of the House of Commons today in a vote of 156 to 145. The election is expected to be for May 2, 2011. Speaking to the media, Harper says “The vote today, which obviously disappoints me, will, I suspect, disappoint most Canadians,”. To some, this vote may come as a surprise but to others this is the beginning of moving forward. Over the past months, there has been controversy with the Harper government that has tainted the public view of the Conservative Party as well as Stephen Harper’s reputation.