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CBC, CJOB, Sun: Manitoba’s debt outlook downgraded to ‘negative’

August 20, 2014 — 

Michael Benarroch, Dean of the Asper School of Business, was busy recently giving context to a recent decision by Moody’s Investors Service that saw it downgraded its outlook for Manitoba’s debt rating from stable to negative. The firm said the province would have difficulty balancing a budget by 2016-17 and has a risk of increasing its debt.

As Benarroch told the Winnipeg Sun:

“I think it means that the financial picture in Manitoba isn’t quite as strong as we had hoped it would be,” he said. “The economy continues to be weaker than expected and there’s some spending pressures on the province. The flood hasn’t helped, and health and social services remain growing well above rates of inflation … and economic growth.”

Benarroch suggests a substantial boost in economic growth — “which is unlikely to happen,” he said — or a lid on governmental spending can turn things in a more positive direction.

“The problem with that is it’s likely to hurt economic growth, too, if they do that,” he said. “They’re really in a tight position.”


One comment on “CBC, CJOB, Sun: Manitoba’s debt outlook downgraded to ‘negative’

  1. paul

    This is not just mb problem. The entire world is drowning in debt. The financial elites have put us in this position. Ultra low interest rates, government and corporate corruption, financial fraud and manipulation of all markets by the criminally syndicated banks led by the Bank of International Settlements,the Federal Reserve, IMF and on and on and on. The financial crisis that is coming will engulf the entire globe and effect each and everyone us. What to do? Educate yourself away from mainstream media that is controlled and painting an optimistic picture. Prepare mentally, physically and financially to take yourself past what will be the greatest financial reset that history has ever seen.

    God Bless

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