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Finance Minister Stan Struthers has been riding an angry horse.

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Finance Minister Stan Struthers has been riding an angry horse.

Re: Struthers a dead horse (Editorials, May 8).

I cheerfully accept the call for the resignation of Finance Minister Stan Struthers, but why stop there? A large chunk of the government front bench needs to find other employment. Manitoba politics has sadly morphed into a two-tiered class structure, where life inside the Green Zone, i.e. lands within the Perimeter Highway, is sprinkled daily with announcements of new daycare spots, new schools and new health-care initiatives.

Remember, this is very important stuff, as it falls under the Selinger government's purview of infrastructure. In the meantime, those of us living in the hinterlands suffer with bellicose and arrogant government ministers peddling Bipole III lines, forced amalgamations of municipalities and thinly veiled attempts to cut the race horse industry off at its knees.

The Player of the Week Award for this foolishness would have to go to Infrastructure Minister Steve Ashton, chastising and belittling a group of farmers when they organized a peaceful protest at the Portage Diversion. This was great political theatre on live TV, as he deftly hung the suffering and desperation of these poor families around their necks as if it was their own fault.

If Assiniboia Downs has any chance of survival, it should consider relocating to the Green Zone on the other side of the Perimeter Highway and dedicating some square footage to daycare spots and classrooms. There is lots of funding for those activities, but anything rural or agriculture related, good luck.

Darcy Hickson

Forrest, Man.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 11, 2013 0

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