the NDP under Selinger has increased expenditures by an average of five per cent every year
Um, except as the Winnipeg Free Press notes:
First, contrary to Pallister's charge, the NDP has increased spending by an average of 3.9 per cent annually since 2010, when accounting rules were changed. And that includes the 2011-12 fiscal year when the costliest flood in Manitoba history required hundreds of millions of dollars in un-budgeted expenditures, increasing total spending by nearly 11 per cent. Take that one year out of the equation, and assign to it the average of the other years, and you have annual spending increases of about 2.8 per cent.
Pallister stakes a claim to be a business guy, but the man apparently cannot read a balance sheet or do basic math. Pfft: 5%, 3%, whatever. What's the difference, you ask? Oh, almost TWO HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS.
Pallister can't campaign on fiscal prudence and while waving around some bullshit numbers.
Even if we split the real numbers (the high of 3.9% including the flood, and a low of 2.9% without it), that means the increase was about 3.5%, and Pallister is off by 1.5%. Not much, eh?
Hm, wait: 1.5% of 2015's total expenses ($12,865,145,000) = $192,977,175
That's a lot of wrong.