Letspayfair Media Releases and News Articles

NEWS 2014

February 11, 2014 – Winnipeg Free Press – editorial echoes the education tax fairness message of the Education Finance Coalition. All Manitobans should pay their fair share.  Read more

January 4, 2014 – Winnipeg Free Press – Seniors' tax perk raises questions. Expected to cost $50M in revenue.  Read more

January 4, 2014 – CTV News – Seniors who own homes in Manitoba will be getting a phased-in tax break from the provincial government and exempted from paying into the education system. It's a change that REALTOR® and senior, Lorne Weiss, says makes no sense. In this interview with CTV News, Weiss says education taxes should be taken off all Manitoba properties, not just those owned by seniors.   Read more

January 3, 2014 – CBC News – The Manitoba government is giving seniors a break on their property tax bills by phasing-in an exemption on the education tax. Lorne Weiss is a REALTOR® and a senior who stands to personally benefit from the tax break but believes it is fundamentally wrong to exempt one group of people based on their age. In this interview with CBC Radio, Weiss says the province is taking a step in the wrong direction on education finance. The education system should be funded through general revenues and tax rates based on income, not on the value of a person's property or on their age, Weiss says.   Listen to the interview

January 3, 2014 – Winnipeg Sun – REALTOR® against senior exemptions  Read more
NEWS 2013

November 2, 2013 – Winnipeg Free Press – More staff means higher property taxes.  Read more

April 16, 2013 - CBC – Seniors get education tax break in Manitoba budget.   Read more

March 19, 2013 - Read a copy of a letter to the editor sent to the Winnipeg Free Press from Lorne Weiss.

NEWS 2011

Tuesday, September 26, 2011 ­ Winnipeg, Manitoba ­ Supporters of all political parties in the Manitoba election support removing education tax from the property tax bill, says a new poll conducted by the Manitoba Real Estate Association (MREA) and CJOB/68. Read more

MREA Spokesperson Tom Fulton and MREA CEO Brian Collie discuss the poll results with Richard Cloutier, CJOB68.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011 - Coalition tells politicans to get serious

Winnipeg, Manitoba ­ The Manitoba coalition representing 250,000 Manitobans say the half-measure promises that politicians are making to get education taxes off property continues to make a patch work quilt out of education funding and a confusing property tax system. See the full press release

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - Check out our latest e-newsletter.

Monday, Sept 12, 2011 - Leaders Debate in Brandon

The three Manitoba political leaders of the major parties were all quizzed this week on what they would do to get education taxes off of property taxes, while at a leaders forum in Brandon hosted by the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce. The forum was broadcasted live by CJOB and the two-minute audio clip below includes just their response to the questions on education taxes. Chair of the Education Finance Coalition Lorne Weiss says, "It is becoming abundantly clear that the parties are prepared to commit to funding 80 percent of the operating costs of K-12 education in Manitoba however they have yet to explain clearly what they would include in the "80 per cent". Currently the Frame Report, which monitors all education funding, shows that only 65 per cent of education is covered by the Province's general revenues, even though the NDP say the government is paying 77 percent of the operations of schools. The Education Finance Coalition believes a commitment to a true 80/20 formula is a step in the right direction and could result in a 40 percent reduction in school taxes or more for the average property owner."

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Friday, September 2, 2011 - Check out our latest e-newsletter.

Monday, August 29, 2011 - Coalition ramps up education tax campaign

East Selkirk, Manitoba - Farmers, REALTORS®, business leaders, cottage owners and homeowners stood shoulder to shoulder today in a Manitoba farm yard as they each picked up one of hundreds of lawn signs that call on Manitoba politicians to get education tax off the property tax bill. See the full press release.

Monday, August 29, 2011 - Manitoba leaders like Doug Chorney, President of Keystone Agricultural Producers; Ken Jones, Vice-Chair of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce; Lorne Weiss, President of the Manitoba Real Estate Assocation and Ralph Fyfe, President of Winnipeg REALTORS®. help launch letspayfair.com. View Photo.

Monday, August 29, 2011: Lawn Sign: Create your own lawn or window sign for your home or office.

Monday, August 29, 2011 - Lorne Weiss, President of the Manitoba Real Estate Assocation talks with news reporters at the launch of letspayfair.com. View Photo. For some of the coverage see the Winnipeg Free Press, mysteinbach.ca and CJOB.

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Monday, August 29, 2011 - Realtors like Reg Black of Beausejour were amoung a hundred people at the launch of the letspayfair.com campaign who took lawn signs home to distribute around the province. View Photo.

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Monday, August 29, 2011 - Scott Gilson of Narcisse, Manitoba representing Dairy Farmers of Manitoba is one of several farmers calling on politicians to develop a strategy to have education taxes removed from the property tax bill. View Photo.

Monday, August 29, 2011 - Dave Crabb, President of the Manitoba Association of Cottage Owners tells the media that cottage owners often pay education tax but can not vote for their school trustee, which amounts to taxation without representation. View Photo.


July 5, 2010   Bait and Switch — According to many cottage owners across the province, the provincial government’s latest ploy to defer a portion of their 2010 and 2011 school property taxes is an example of “bait and switch”

June 25, 2010   Hefty education portion of tax bill riles many cottage owners. Winnipeg Free Press. School tax deferral bill — comments show cottage owners oppose the provincial government’s proposal. Winnipeg Real Estate News


March 23, 2009   Manitoba Government can learn from Saskatchewan on how to get education taxes off the property tax bill.


May 15, 2007   Lorne Weiss of MREA and Brian Sterling of Manitoba Cattle Producers Association
get ready to distribute lawn signs, May 14 07. View Photo and more information

May 15, 2007   Dave Crabb of the Manitoba Cottage Owners Association
wants education tax off cottage property. View Photo and more information

May 14, 2007   Shifting Education Tax Leads Election Debate

April 12, 2007   Education Coalition responds to Provincial Budget

April 2, 2007   PreBudget Press Release and Fact Sheet of April 2.

March 21, 2007   City Council passes motion to get Education Taxes off the Property Tax Bill

March 21, 2007   City of Winnipeg Urged to Support Education Tax Relief

January 19, 2007   Vic Grant, News Director of CJOB urges Manitobans to visit letspayfair.com and SEND A LETTER to their elected officials.


Brandon, Manitoba -- Manitoba's agriculture and real estate leaders launched a province wide campaign - letspayfair.com - at Ag Days in Brandon today, calling on the Manitoba Government to get education tax off the property tax bill   (more...)



A significant majority of Manitobans want the provincial government to change the way it funds education, according to a survey recently commissioned by The Manitoba Real Estate Association and The Winnipeg Real Estate Board   (more...)


Winnipeg - A new survey of Manitobans confirms what Manitoba Chambers of Commerce have been saying all along - it's time to get education off the property tax bill   (more...)


Winnipeg - The Education Finance Coalition will be watching the provincial budget delivery closely tomorrow to see if the Manitoba government has heard the resounding call to shift education taxes off the property tax bill   (more...)


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