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Manitoba legislature resumes with spring sitting, education reform expected

 THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

The Manitoba legislature reconvenes Wednesday for the first time since December, and cost-control and education reform are expected to dominate the agenda.

Finance Minister Scott Fielding will deliver his annual budget next week.

He says efforts to control spending, including possible privatization, will continue as the province works toward a balanced budget.

Figures released Tuesday show the government is predicting a $325-million deficit for the current fiscal year — $35 million less than expected.

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Fielding says the government will eliminate the red ink before the next election.

Manitobans will also get a first look later this month at a commission report on education reform. The Tory government has already hinted that the number of school divisions across the province may be reduced.

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The lead consultant on the review, Avis Glaze, produced a report for the Nova Scotia government in 2018 that saw elected school boards replaced by a provincial advisory council.