On Oct. 17, the Progressive Conservative justice critic accused Manitoba’s NDP government of not being serious about collecting proceeds of crime.
Brandon West MLA Reg Helwer said he wondered why the government would ignore almost $50 million in unpaid fines that is available to it.
Helwer said: “Somebody had to issue these tickets for infractions and the fact the government is willing to sit on $50 million in unfinished work shows a complete lack of competence by the NDP government.”
A freedom of information document brought forward by the Tories identified $49.5 million in unpaid fines remained on the books at this time last year. It since appears the NDP has started to collect on those delinquent tickets.
So what happened this week in question period when Helwer flipped and flopped like a walleye on a hook?
Helwer slammed the NDP this time for being too aggressive in its ticket taking and scouring the files for unpaid ducats dating back to the ’90s.
“This government is so desperate for revenue that they’re reaching back into Manitobans’ wallets from almost 20 years ago,” Helwer said during question period.
In this episode of “Parking Wars,” it’s all Helwer vs. Helwer.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 28, 2012