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Manitoba Liberals raise $50,000 for leader's pay, but will leader quit day job?

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. - Manitoba's troubled Liberal party has raised enough money to offer its next leader a $50,000-a-year salary. But it remains unclear whether the pay will be enough to make the new leader give up his or her current job. Unlike outgoing leader Jon Gerrard, the person elected to lead the party Oct. 26 will not have a seat in the legislature — meaning no $89,000-a-year politician's salary from the public purse.

Ethnic lists emails focus of ongoing NDP attacks on failed Liberal plan

VICTORIA - Opposition New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix says new documents show the Liberals' ethnic vote plan was far more developed than the findings of the government-ordered investigation suggest. Premier Christy Clark's deputy minister John Dyble found the ethnic vote plan blurred the lines between government and Liberal Party work, prompting six recommendations including forcing the Liberal party to reimburse taxpayers about $70,000. Dyble's report says work to compile ethnic vote lists was pursued, but complete lists were never developed.

Wynne promises $100M to build roads and bridges in rural, northern Ontario

BARRIE, Ont. - There will be a $100-million fund to build roads and bridges in rural and northern Ontario in next weeks' provincial budget, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Friday. The infrastructure funding for 2013-14 will recognize the unique needs of the smaller and more remote communities, and support local construction jobs, Wynne said as she visited the site of a service centre under construction beside Highway 400.

Ontario Liberals pick province's first woman premier

By Claire Sibonney and Janet Guttsman TORONTO, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Ontario's Liberals on Saturday chose a former Cabinet minister to become the province's first female premier and first openly gay leader of a Canadian province. In her acceptance speech as the new provincial Liberal Party leader, Kathleen Wynne, 59, a former Ontario education minister, thanked her partner, Jane, for her support during a three-month campaign. Ontario was one of the first Canadian provinces to allow same-sex marriage.
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