WINNIPEG, Man. — The Manitoba government held back on announcing increased highways spending in its spring budget until being assured it wasn’t on the hook for $400 million in federal overpayments.
However, now that former Finance Minister, Paul Martin, has been relieved of his duties there is some concern the feds may backpedal and demand repayment. Martin’s replacement, John Manley, says he is re-examining the overpayments to determine whether they should be repaid to the federal government.
The $400 million received by Manitoba represents five per cent of the province’s entire budget.
Auditor General Sheila Fraser released a report on the subject on Monday.
Manley says, “We will look very carefully at her report and will give it the consideration that it deserves prior to making any decisions with respect to the overpayments.”
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