Premier pledges to convert Churchill housing units to electric heat
Pallister also says he's written Trudeau to find out what Ottawa intends to do about port
Premier Brian Pallister said the province plans to convert propane-heated homes in Churchill to hydroelectric heat to help the northern Manitoba city cope with the loss of its rail service.
Pallister said Friday the province intends to convert at least 100 Manitoba Housing units in Churchill to hydroelectric heat, though he could not say how much that would cost or when the work would happen.
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Propane is difficult to move to Churchill since the community's rail service ended during an unusual heavy spring snowmelt that damaged the Hudson Bay Railway, the only land link to the Hudson Bay community.
Pallister said he still envisions a future for the port, given the prospect of ice-free Arctic summers and a lengthened shipping season because of climate change.
Ports, however, remain under federal jurisdiction, he said.