WINNIPEG – It’s turning into a case of ‘he said, she said’ between Manitoba’s Premier and the Federal government.
And they both say the other side is lying.
Yesterday, Brian Pallister suggested Ottawa was threatening to pull funding for a multi-million dollar research centre if he didn’t agree to sign a health care funding deal.
But National Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains says that’s not true.
“I think it’s Pallister that’s making these linkages and is really undermining the benefit of this towards the people of Manitoba. It’s a priority for us. Our government has been very committed towards innovation, and this is a very key project about advanced manufacturing and looking at how Manitoba can be part of our overall national footprint to grow the economy.”
Pallister has still refused to sign the climate change agreement and Manitoba is now the only province not to sign a health deal.
“It’s really about this premier and the track record of his government in terms of the climate change accord, even CPP, if you recollect, Manitoba was reluctant,” Bains explains. “There were some delays associated with that and then they joined on board. Clearly this is a strategy that the premier is deploying.”
The feds say they simply expressed a desire to conclude negotiations with Manitoba on a number of items.