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This article was published 8/9/2014 (2133 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The Manitoba Heavy Construction Association has a message for the civic election —Fix My Infrastructure.
The organization, which represents the 400 Manitoba companies that build roads, sewers and other infrastructure, want mayors in both Winnipeg and Brandon to realize fixing infrastructure helps the economy.
That’s why MHCA president Chris Lorenc says the organization is launching its Fix My Infrastructure campaign now and why it is currently meeting with mayoral candidates in both cities to hear their thoughts on infrastructure repair.
"Citizens used to say their main concerns were crime and health care," Lorenc said today during the announcement near some street reconstruction on Ness Avenue.
"Forty-two per cent of Manitobans now say infrastructure is the most pressing issue... And 61 per cent of Winnipeggers say infrastructure is the most critical issue facing their city.
"We only have to look at the headlines about frozen pipes, and complaints about potholes and sink holes in the last year to see why people’s tolerance has changed."
Mayoral candidate Gord Steeves showed up for the announcement but left before it ended without taking questions. The MHCA said Steeves wasn’t invited, but had heard it was taking place.
Curtis Brown, Vice President of Probe Research, says candidates should also know infrastructure is the top issue for voters in a poll taken earlier this year.
"It was health and then it was crime," Brown said.
"Now infrastructure is at the top and it is the largest number of any question we’ve asked in 20 years."
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Updated on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 11:55 AM CDT: corrects typo