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This article was published 23/3/2012 (3466 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Conservative finance critic Heather Stefanson might not realize it, but there is a significant cost associated with ensuring that Manitoba families and farmers did not face the challenge of the record 2011 flood alone.
The total cost of the flood is forecast at $936 million, and that number can still rise.
The province is picking up more than half of this total bill, resulting in a $491-million negative impact to our budget.
The vast majority of Manitobans understand that this historic flood had a cost, both human and financial, and the flood had an impact on our bottom line.
Only the Conservatives are trying to score political points by attempting to place blame when it comes to flood costs.
Stefanson also conveniently ignores that it was her political party that promised in the last election to delay coming back into budgetary balance by an additional four years to 2018.
The global downturn created challenges for economies everywhere.
We took action. We said “no” to deep cuts and committed to a balanced approach that protected jobs and services for families, including front-line services like health and education.
And like governments everywhere, we have projected several years of budget deficits.
The result of our balanced approach includes an unemployment rate that’s among the lowest in the country, steady economic growth and a growing population.
We’re not out of the woods yet. We’re still grappling with the effects of the flood and there remains uncertainty in economies everywhere.
Our government will continue to tackle our financial challenges as we always have — by putting the priorities of families first and looking for creative ways to cut spending.
We will remain balanced in our approach and flexible — ready to meet the challenges that come our way.
Manitoba Finance Minister