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NDP rolls out $6.64-B Manitoba infrastructure plan

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS</p><p>NDP Manitoba leader Wab Kinew announces that his party would invest $6.64 billion over four years in strategic infrastructure resulting in 50,000 more jobs in Manitoba, at a press conference Wednesday morning.</p>

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NDP Manitoba leader Wab Kinew announces that his party would invest $6.64 billion over four years in strategic infrastructure resulting in 50,000 more jobs in Manitoba, at a press conference Wednesday morning.

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NDP Leader Wab Kinew says if his party forms government he would "reset" the province's relationship with the City of Winnipeg and work constructively on infrastructure projects.

On Wednesday, Kinew pledged the NDP would spend $6.64 billion over four years on Manitoba infrastructure, creating 50,000 jobs. He said that's $690 million above current funding levels for a whole term of office.

"We will reset the relationship with city hall, and we will be able to build many, many excellent pieces of infrastructure that will benefit people right across the province for years to come," Kinew said at a campaign announcement in northeast Winnipeg, with a Chief Peguis Trail sign in the background.

The NDP leader said extending the trail — from Main Street to Route 90 — and widening Kenaston Boulevard are two examples of city projects the party would be prepared to help fund.

Based on formulas currently used by the province to estimate job creation, the infrastructure spending the NDP envisages would create 50,000 jobs, Kinew said.

"We know that when you invest in projects like building roads, building bridges, that puts people to work right here in Manitoba," he said.

Also included in the NDP's infrastructure spending total are capital investments in schools, hospitals and child-care centres.

Kinew said under the Progressive Conservatives, who were voted into power in 2016, infrastructure spending has dropped and road construction companies are laying-off staff or getting out of business altogether.

"We know people in the construction industry, in the neighbourhoods that we represent and that we're campaigning in, are out of work. And that's simply unacceptable," he said.

Kirkfield Park PC candidate Scott Fielding said when the NDP was in government it used to underspend its infrastructure budget.

He said the $690 million in additional spending the NDP announced doesn't jibe with cost figures the party released earlier in the campaign. The new announcement seems to call for an additional $500 million, Fielding said.

"Where are they going to get that money from? Where they're going to get that money from is they're going to tax people to the max here in the province of Manitoba," he said.

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Larry Kusch
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Larry Kusch didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life until he attended a high school newspaper editor’s workshop in Regina in the summer of 1969 and listened to a university student speak glowingly about the journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa.

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