Ottawa, ON – Candice Bergen, Member of Parliament for Portage-Lisgar and James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman issued the following statement after a deal was struck between the Governments of Canada and Manitoba to bolster flood measures on Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin:
“The Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channel Project is a crucial infrastructure project for the residents of the Lake St. Martin and Lake St. Winnipeg area. During the 2011 flood, the people of the Lake St. Martin and Lake Manitoba area lost homes, business and farms. The Outlet Chancel Project is meant to ensure that this awful extreme flooding does not take place again.
“In 2015 through our previous Conservative government’s New Building Canada Fund, we were part of an announcement that committed $165 million to this critical infrastructure project. In Budget 2016 the federal Liberal government recommitted funding for the project. It has been over two years since that funding was announced by this Liberal government and the project has yet to start. It is inexcusable that Justin Trudeau dithered, delayed and wasted two construction seasons while the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channel Project was put on hold.
“We would like to congratulate Premier Brian Pallister on moving forward with this project and share his view that the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channel Project should be designated as an emergency construction project by the Liberal government.”