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S.M. 2018, c. 32
Bill 27, 3 rd Session, 41st Legislature
The Fiscal Responsibility and Taxpayer Protection Amendment Act
This note is a reader's aid and is not part of the law.
The Fiscal Responsibility and Taxpayer Protection Act requires that government not incur a deficit greater than the baseline amount and penalizes ministers by reducing their salaries if the deficit is not reduced by at least $100 million each year.
This Act amends The Fiscal Responsibility and Taxpayer Protection Act
The Act allows the government to adjust the deficit or surplus for the purposes of the Act by excluding a one-time deficit or reduction in revenue greater than $25 million that results from changes in public sector accounting standards or in what is included in summary financial statements.
(Assented to November 8, 2018)
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:
1 The Fiscal Responsibility and Taxpayer Protection Act is amended by this Act.
2 The definition "minister" in section 1 is amended by striking out "section 8" and substituting "sections 8 and 8.1".
3 Subsection 4(2) is replaced with the following:
4(2) For the purposes of this section and section 8, "baseline amount" means
(a) in relation to the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the deficit projected in the budget for that year; and
(b) in relation to any subsequent fiscal year, the baseline amount for the immediately preceding year minus the lesser of the following amounts:
4 Subsection 6(4) is amended by adding the following after clause (c):
(d) a one-time expenditure or reduction in revenue of more than $25,000,000 arising from
(i) a change in public sector accounting standards, or
5 Subsection 7(1) is amended by adding the following after clause (a):
6 Subsection 8(5) is amended by adding "the consequence of the contravention is that" before "the ministerial salary".
7 The following is added after section 8:
8.1(1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), when the report under section 7 for the first fiscal year ending after 2017 and before 2026 that the government does not incur a deficit is tabled in the Assembly, the government must pay to each minister or former minister an amount equal to the total of all amounts, if any, by which their salary has been reduced under subsection 8(5) or (6). For this purpose, "former minister" includes the person's heirs and legal representatives.
8.1(2) The government may refuse to pay an amount under subsection (1) to a former minister if the Lieutenant Governor in Council, having regard to the person's conduct while they were a minister, considers such a payment to be contrary to the public interest.
8.1(3) Subsection (1) does not apply to a salary reduction that was made in respect of a fiscal year that ended before the last general election that resulted in a change of government.
8(1) Except as provided in subsection (2), this Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.
8(2) Sections 3 and 5 are deemed to have come into force on June 2, 2017.