"The fact is we showed that we could solve a problem and prevent damage quickly and expeditiously, and I think we can do that again," he said.
The province has said it believes it needs about seven years to build the two permanent outlets. It says that amount of time includes design and engineering, public and First Nations consultations, regulatory approvals, land assembly and construction. The estimated cost is about $300 million.
Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton has said the clock started ticking on that seven years in early 2013 with the release of two independent reviews, one which examined water levels on Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin and the other the province’s handling of the 2011 flood.
He said over the past month he’s visited areas in the Assiniboine basin including the Hoop and Holler Bend and many Lake Manitoba communities, and will tour the Shellmouth Dam near Russell on Thursday.
"And I’ve done it without an entourage," he said. "Perhaps I’ve been rightly criticized for not making more of deal out of having done that, but I don’t think people are interested so much in photo opportunities as they are in flood prevention, and that’s what I’m focused on," he said.