Winnipeg Sun - - COMMENT -


Re: “Why Pal­lis­ter gov­ern­ment has lit­tle choice but to cut in­fra­struc­ture spend­ing,” Tom Brod­beck, Jan. 8.

We echo Brod­beck’s call for bal­ance in deficit cut­ting and provin­cial-debt con­trol. We have yet to see such bal­ance when it comes to the high­ways bud­get. Our in­dus­try is op­posed to “spend­ing” — the Man­i­toba Heavy Con­struc­tion As­so­ci­a­tion has al­ways en­cour­aged all lev­els of gov­ern­ment to take an “in­vest­ment” ap­proach. That means pri­or­i­tiz­ing strate­gic in­fra­struc­ture projects to pro­duce the high­est re­turn to our econ­omy. A 2015 Con­fer­ence Board of Canada re­port in­di­cated in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment in 2014 — the ma­jor­ity of which went to trans­porta­tion as­sets — re­turned $1.30 to our GDP for ev­ery $1 in­vested by Man­i­toba. Since 2016, Man­i­toba’s high­ways bud­get has been cut from $588 mil­lion to $350 mil­lion. To­day, fore­casts for eco­nomic growth in Man­i­toba are slid­ing: Once a leader, we now rank sev­enth. Brod­beck warns cut­ting cap­i­tal bud­gets must be done care­fully as the cost of de­fer­ring projects can add up. Man­i­toba’s high­ways need about $6 bil­lion in re­pairs. At a high­ways bud­get of $350 mil­lion, about $75 mil­lion is added each year to that $6 bil­lion. De­fer­ral is costly: if we don’t re­pair roads, they’ll need to be re­con­structed. Heck of a tab our grand­kids will be pay­ing.

CHRIS LORENC PRES­I­DENT, MAN­I­TOBA HEAVY CON­STRUC­TION AS­SO­CI­A­TION We ig­nore crum­bling in­fra­struc­ture at our peril.


A re­cent late night trip to my usu­ally locked door ATM was in­ter­rupted by a passed out street per­son on the floor. Not want­ing to ex­pose my sav­ings to theft I called the WPS. They passed the call on. In­stead of two stern of­fi­cers, six fire/paramedics treated this in­di­vid­ual like the long lost prodi­gal son and were not amused when I re­minded them that it was me be­ing in­con­ve­nienced not him. That’s the meth “cri­sis” in a nut­shell. We spend count­less mil­lions to cod­dle ad­dicts who re­pay us by break­ing into our homes and cars, aban­don their chil­dren for tax­pay­ers to raise and re­volv­ing door re­habs that are woe­fully in­ef­fec­tive. Po­lice brass refuse to aban­don their “big­ger fish” meth­ods that have not worked since pro­hi­bi­tion. That strips our neigh­bour­hoods of pa­trols. Re­volv­ing door courts are no help either. It would be in­ter­est­ing to know just how much we spend per ad­dict. If you want to avoid Win­nipeg’s meth cri­sis, con­sider a move to Oak Bank. I hear there is no meth “cri­sis ” there.

SCOTT CAMP­BELL The bat­tle against the meth cri­sis in our city needs a multi-faceted ap­proach from all lev­els of gov­ern­ment to be ef­fec­tive.


For­mer PM and all-around em­bar­rass­ment Kim Camp­bell made a fool of her­self yet again by post­ing a vul­gar com­ment about U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump stat­ing, “He re­ally IS a moth­erf-----”. Is it any won­der why this vile woman took a Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity and in a few short months drove it into the dirt. Cana­di­ans were less than im­pressed with her then and she’s done nothing to sal­vage her im­age. Her com­ment di­rected at Trump is in re­sponse to his call for a bar­rier at the south­ern bor­der, some­thing that con­cerns in­ter­nal U.S. se­cu­rity and has nothing to do with Canada. Perhaps Camp­bell is an open­bor­ders ad­vo­cate or perhaps she has no prob­lem with al­most 200 deaths a day from il­licit drugs flood­ing into the U.S. through the same south­ern bor­der. Either way, her opin­ion is of no con­se­quence with in­ter­nal U.S. mat­ters and her vile lan­guage is un­be­com­ing a lady, much less a for­mer prime min­is­ter.

BARRY BANEK Baf­fling, class­less be­hav­iour.

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