Manitoba party leaders square off in live, hour long televised debate

 Progressive Conservative Leader Heather Stefanson,  NDP Leader Wab Kinew, and Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont  By Steve Lambert THE CANADIAN PRESS WINNIPEG- Manitoba’s three main party leaders squared off over health care, the cost of living and other issues during a one-hour televised leaders debate Thursday night in advance of the Oct. 3 provincial election. NDP Leader Wab Kinew, whose party is leading in opinion polls, was a frequent target of the other two leaders. Progressive Conservative Leader Heather Stefanson, aiming to lead her party to a third consecutive term, accused Kinew of promising $3 billion in new spending, which she said would require a hike in the provincial sales tax. The former NDP government raised the tax in 2013 and was voted out in the next election. Kinew flatly denied…

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