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.
Critic, Conservation and Water Stewardship, PC MLA for Morris