High expectations, tight budget pose a challenge for Manitoba’s new premier

 By Steve Lambert THE CANADIAN PRESS WINNIPEG- By all accounts, Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew is still in a honeymoon phase, almost three months after leading his New Democrats to an election win that ousted the former Progressive Conservative government. Recent opinion polls suggest he is riding high, including an Angus-Reid survey earlier this month that suggested his approval rating is tops among Canada’s premiers. But political analysts say the real test lies ahead, as Kinew tries to fulfil promises to boost health care, improve education and give raises to public-sector workers while dealing with the province’s chronic deficits. “I think (the New Democrats) have done a number of things to allow them to say they’re off to a good fast start, but many of those things have been of a…

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