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Pallister refuses to defend work ethic

WINNIPEG—Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he doesn't have to explain his work habits or reveal how he communicates with staff while at his vacation home in Costa Rica.

“I work harder than any premier that's been around here for a long, long time. I don't have to defend my work ethic to you or anyone else,” Pallister said following question period yesterday.

Premier says Manitoba not intimidated by feds

WINNIPEG—Manitoba is not worried about being the last province standing in a health-funding dispute with Ottawa and will not be rushed into accepting any deals, Premier Brian Pallister said yesterday.

“We're standing alone. I'm not afraid of that and I'm not anything but proud of the fact we're willing to do that,” Pallister told reporters.

Man. premier wants federal help

WINNIPEG—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has yet to respond to Manitoba's call for help in dealing with an influx of asylum-seekers crossing the border from the United States, Premier Brian Pallister said Friday.

Pallister said he wrote to Trudeau more than a week ago to ask for money for housing, welfare, language training, legal aid, and other services for border-crossers.