Ottawa and Manitoba are no closer to resolving a census dispute the Selinger government claims will cost the province $500 million over five years.
Manitoba maintains Statistics Canada underestimated the province’s population by 18,000 people in 2011. The move results in a loss of $100 million in funding a year, the province claims.
Statistics Canada has reviewed the assertion and rejected it, said Saint-Boniface MP Shelly Glover, Manitoba’s ranking federal minister.
"The indications from Manitoba were reviewed over and over again and there is absolutely no error, as suggested," Glover said. "The claim from the Manitoba government that there was some sort of false number is not true."
Glover also said Ottawa is still weighing the idea of supporting infrastructure projects announced by the province.
"The federal government has said very clearly, we collaborate. We don’t make announcements before we work with our partners," she said. "I was quite surprised to see all these announcements playing out."
Glover also said she has received infrastructure pitches from Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz.