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Waiting seven years recipe for disaster

Our leader Brian Pallister and all PC MLAs are strong advocates for flood prevention.

We, and many Manitobans, have encouraged the NDP to make flood prevention a top priority.

Unfortunately, there is little evidence this message is getting through.

This spring, our province saw a repeat of the 2011 flood. Farmers, cottage owners, First Nations, fishers and their communities were again hit hard by high water.

The sad reality is much of these damages could have been prevented with appropriate government action.

While compensation programs are important, what flood victims and community leaders are asking for is steps to prevent future disasters.

The cost of inaction is extremely high, and the return on investing in preventable measures is also high.

For example, for almost half the cost of repairing damages from 2011, the new outlet channel could have been constructed.

This is an urgent and important project that we must undertake, yet the NDP says it will take seven years. We say that is far too long. We say that is a recipe for disaster.

Our leader and the PC caucus have opened the doors to the federal government, stakeholders, the government of Saskatchewan and others. By working together, we can do this in less than half that time.

We have refused to politicize this issue — our focus remains on flood prevention.

Three years after the 2011 flood, the NDP is still debating half a dozen outlet options. In the interest of all Manitobans, it is time for action.

Shannon Martin

Critic, Conservation and Water Stewardship, PC MLA for Morris

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 9, 2014

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With respect, the Pallister Conservatives placed peoples lives in danger by blocking the operation of the Portage Diversion in 2011, an act that prompted RCMP intervention, and repeatedly demand the cutting of hundreds of millions of dollars from the provincial budget. Neither indicate any real desire to fight floods or build flood protection. In fact, funding for the 18th Street Dike which saved Brandon this year was opposed in the 2013 budget vote by the Pallister Conservatives. These folks are reckless and irresponsible. Their rhetoric does not remotely resemble their actions.

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