A re-elected NDP government would pay half the cost of finishing the inner ring road in Winnipeg.
Leader Greg Selinger says his party would fund half of the up to $130 million project to extend Chief Peguis trail and close the loop.
He says he expects the federal government would fund the other half, meaning the city could spend its money elsewhere.
“It’s been prioritized as a key project to allow truck traffic to have access in and out of CentrePort and to move traffic around the city without impacting on neighbourhoods,” he said.
Selinger said he’d like to get it done in the next four years.
Mayor Brian Bowman says the city is certainly interested in the proposals.
“Obviously when you have a level of government contemplating working with another level of government to entirely fund a project – we’re listening. I think Winnipeg taxpayers should be listening and obviously would welcome other levels of government paying 100 per cent for projects,” he said.
But he says he wants to make sure this is new money from both levels of government that wouldn’t take away from other projects the city has prioritized.
“Will 50 per cent be available from the federal government? If so, will that come out of other available funds that would otherwise come into the city of Winnipeg? These are the types of questions we would obviously want to raise and we would like to see it as, of course, new money.”
He says Selinger assured him at the provincial level, it would be new funds.
More money for tourism is the latest promise from the Progressive Conservatives on the campaign trail.
The Tories say they’ll invest $28 million over the next five years.
Leader Brian Pallister made the commitment at the Journey to Churchill exhibition.
He wouldn’t give specific examples of where the cash would be spent, saying he’d leave that up to the experts.
The Manitoba Liberal Party says PC leader Brian Pallister’s assertion that his party could reduce the number of kids in care by making sure parents have jobs is “insulting”.
“His plan is irresponsible. If he believes that dealing with the very serious and critical issue of CFS will only be resolved by growing the economy, he has very well insulted most of our indigenous population because they know very well that that is not the solution to the issues facing children in care,” Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari says.
Kyra Wilson, the Liberal candidate in Fort Richmond, repeated the Liberal pledge to change how money is distributed within the system, putting more into prevention and family supports. She says right now, agencies get more funding when a child is apprehended.
“I believe that when you look at the numbers right now, the more children you have in care, the more money, so there’s that incentive to actually have more children in care,” she said.
The Liberals say if elected, they will reduce the number of kids in care by half.