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Talking to the people to work out budget

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Kevin Chief, Minister responsible for the City of Winnipeg, joined Premier Selinger and Mayor Katz to announce a provincial investment of $250 million over five years into Winnipeg road repairs.

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Kevin Chief, Minister responsible for the City of Winnipeg, joined Premier Selinger and Mayor Katz to announce a provincial investment of $250 million over five years into Winnipeg road repairs. Photo Store

We know government resources work best when a community is engaged. The best way to engage people is to listen to what they have to say, and that’s what our government did in this year’s provincial budget.

As spring approaches, the change in weather also marks the beginning of the pothole season.  Winnipeggers have made it clear that roads are a priority and we listened to them. I was proud to announce, along with Premier Greg Selinger and Mayor Sam Katz, a historic provincial investment of $250 million over five years into Winnipeg road repairs.  

Monies will go towards fixing potholes, resurfacing streets and rebuilding those that are in disrepair. This is the largest ever provincial investment in Winnipeg street renewal and includes $66 million in new funding. Over 100 projects will be funded this year across the city.  

When you speak to parents or grandparents, they want their children and grandchildren to go to school here, get their first jobs here, and they want them to find careers that will allow them to raise their families right here in Manitoba. This investment will create good jobs for our young people so they can stay in our province and make a living.

As part of pre-budget consultations, I was incredibly proud that Jennifer Howard, Minister of Finance, took the time to come out and discuss the budget with a group of students from our community. She listened to their stories of hardship and struggles and they shared great ideas on how to overcome them.

When Minister Howard delivered the provincial budget she stood up in the legislature and spoke about this meeting in her speech. Voices that are sometimes perceived as the weakest in our community were made the strongest. Listening to people — that’s the spirit from which this budget was created.

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