In his recent letter, the Leader of the Opposition has once again chosen to stand against policies that support steady growth and good jobs for Manitobans (“Pallister Fighting For Lower Taxes,” Brandon Sun, May 28).
Make no mistake — Mr. Pallister’s plan is to undo the provincial government’s $5.5-billion, five-year infrastructure plan. They voted against critical investments in highways and flood protection and now they want to cancel them.
For the residents of Brandon, the one cent on a dollar PST increase supports core infrastructure investments that include more than $80 million over the next five years to upgrade Victoria Avenue between 18th Street and First Street, the First Street bridge, the Daly Avenue Overpass, Brandon’s Airport Access Road and PR 270 north of Brandon to PR 25, helping move motorists and commercial traffic into this thriving western city more efficiently and safely. This is in addition to multiple infrastructure projects such as a pumping station and drainage network.
Residents living in Westman will also see more than 21 kilometres of improvements on the Trans-Canada highway from Oak Lake to Virden, and on Highway 83. This is in addition to a $67-million PTH 10 investment that includes new passing lanes, curve realignments and asphalt resurfacing that will make PTH 10 safer and ease congestion from Riding Mountain National Park to the U.S. border. And finally, structure replacement on PR 251, over the Souris River at Coulter, as well as improvements to PR 255 and 256 are just a small portion of our support for the petroleum and mineral industry, which provided jobs for more than 5,700 people, with another 18,000 employed in spinoff businesses.
Our government will continue to make critical investments in infrastructure that support steady growth and good jobs for Manitoba. We believe this is the best path to make sure our children can stay in Manitoba and enjoy a good life here.
Minister of Finance
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 6, 2014