Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau stops in Winnipeg, makes $900M promise
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's campaign made a stop in Winnipeg on Tuesday, where polls are suggesting his party could gain a few seats.
The Liberals lost two long-time bastions in recent elections to the Conservatives — Winnipeg South Centre and Saint Boniface–Saint Vital.
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After touring Carte International, a local company that manufactures transformers for many world markets, Trudeau promised more money for research and development, as well as small business.
The money will boost the economy and help bring new technologies to market, Trudeau said.
East side road funding
But once he emerged from the political spiel, he refocused on the question and said, "yes, we will be the partner Manitoba needs."
He wouldn't say how much a Liberal government would provide, but said he would work with provincial and municipal governments, as well as First Nations.
After decades of discussion, in 2009 movement was finally made on the road project, with formal agreements signed for partial funding and training of workers.
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The first part of the planned east side all-season road project is 156 kilometres that would stretch from Provincial Road 304 to Berens River (through Hollow Water, Bloodvein and Berens River). The goal is to get to Berens sometime between 2019 and 2020.
The full, all-season network will link 13 isolated First Nations and be 1,028 kilometres. In 2011, the total cost of the project was estimated at $3 billion.
The road would provide a reliable road for people who currently need to rely on winter ice roads. That, in turn, would provide residents with lower food prices and improved access to health care.
The province has put forth some funding but Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson has said that without federal money, the roads (main road and access roads) could take up to 30 years to complete.
Following his Winnipeg visit, Trudeau takes his campaign west to Richmond, B.C., to meet with local candidates and supporters.
- An earlier version of this story stated that a planned road from Provincial Road 304 to Berens River was 156 kilometres long, and was estimated to cost "$300-$500 million." In the fact, the first section of the road would run 156 kilometres long, with the total length expected to reach 1,028 kilometres and cost roughly $3 billion.Sep 29, 2015 2:42 PM CT
With files from The Canadian Press