I would like to take this opportunity to thank the voters of Elmwood for re-electing me as their MLA on April 19. I am honoured and humbled to have been once again given the opportunity to serve them.
Election time is an intense period and a challenge for all candidates to meet as many residents as possible to discuss their issues of concern. Meeting residents and listening to their concerns — and sometimes their frustrations — is a crucial part of the democratic process and one that I appreciate. It enables me to better represent you. I will continue to focus on the priorities that matter to our community and endeavour to play a constructive role in the many challenges that lay ahead.
My duties in the legislature have changed dramatically. I’m now serving as the Opposition House leader, the critic for infrastructure and transportation and the critic for municipal relations. The infrastructure portion of my file is particularly important to Elmwood residents in view of the continued need for road improvements in our area of the city, and immediate necessity of replacing the over-100-year-old Louise Bridge before it falls into the Red River.
Some have asked me, "What does the province have to do with City projects like the Louise Bridge?" The reality is the City can’t do these big projects alone. They usually need the help of at least one senior partner, the province or the federal government, and quite often both, to get these big projects done. The new Disraeli Bridge and the Plessis Underpass project are but two examples of this in our northeast quadrant of the City. The Henderson Highway upgrades are another example of a City project funded by the City and the province.
This year’s Happy Days on Henderson is only a few weeks from now. It’s on Sat., June 11, and I know a great day has been planned for the community. It’s from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the grounds adjacent to Christian Family Center, 81 Henderson Hwy. at the foot of the Disraeli Bridge. Last year about 1,500 people enjoyed a fabulous day that included live entertainment with children’s music, a petting farm and bike giveaways. I look forward to serving lemonade again and seeing you again soon.
If you have any questions, please contact my office at 204-415-1122 or atJim.Maloway@YourManitoba.ca