McFadyen touts fund for at-risk youth

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A McFadyen Tory government would create a $5-million fund aimed at supporting programs for at-risk youth. At a campaign stop Friday in Winnipeg's North End, Progressive Conservative Leader Hugh McFadyen said the money would be above what the NDP spends on youth programs.

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A McFadyen Tory government would create a $5-million fund aimed at supporting programs for at-risk youth. At a campaign stop Friday in Winnipeg’s North End, Progressive Conservative Leader Hugh McFadyen said the money would be above what the NDP spends on youth programs.

He said $2 million would go to youth-at-risk programming, $2 million to support the hiring of more community workers and $1 million to cover fees for police background checks.

The announcement was made at the Boys and Girls Club office on Main Street.

WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS McFadyen: 'stability' in funding

Ron Brown, president of the Boys and Girls Club, said extra money would be welcome.

“There’s never enough money to do what we really need to be done,” Brown said.

The PC leader’s announcement was the last of a week of get-tougher-on crime announcements that featured extending the use of GPS anklets to repeat sex offenders and spending $4 million on a new training centre for police dogs. The Tory plan also calls for $1.2 million to be spent annually on a police unit that goes after pedophiles who make and download Internet child pornography.

McFadyen said the Manitoba Youth Investment Fund would be above what the province now contributes to non-profit agencies and would go toward things like hiring extra staff for work that can’t be done by volunteers.

“There are short-term funding solutions that are often provided that fail to provide the level of stability of long-term funding commitments that make it difficult to plan, hire and engage in programming and those are some of the shortfalls that we want to address,” he said.

He also said a PC government would work with police to speed up the process for people working with children who require police background checks.

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