With that in mind, we note that Brandon-Souris Conservative MP Larry Maguire told assembled farmers at the Keystone Agricultural Producers’ annual general meeting yesterday that the time was ripe for an interprovincial and international solution to perennial flood problems.
<t-2.5>He endorsed the creation of an Assiniboine River basin Commission, which would bring together the governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and North Dakota to find solutions for people and communities in all three regions. It was an idea supported by KAP president Doug Chorney earlier this week
The Assiniboine River basin, which includes the Souris River and Qu’Appelle River sub-basins, flows through a massive area, and when its rivers cross borders, there is the possibility for friction.
<t-2.5>A co-operative commission seems the best way to reduce
that friction, and it is excellent that Maguire is taking a strong stance in endorsing the work of the Prairie Improvement Network, which has championed the idea so far. The federal governments both here and in the United States will have a role to play as well.<t-3.5>
We note that Brandon East NDP MLA Drew Caldwell was quick to support the idea — in principle at least — with some quick tweets that, while they stopped short of being official endorsements, left little doubt where his heart lies.
A planning meeting has been set for Minot, where these supportive words will have to become actions.
We very much look forward to seeing some quick action on this file.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 11, 2014