October 17, 2019
WINNIPEG - Manitoba Liberals are asking the Provincial Government to immediately commit to financial disaster assistance for communities hit by the massive storm that has caused states of emergency across the province.
Manitoba Liberals sent a letter to the Minister of Infrastructure outlining their concerns that seniors on fixed incomes, people with disabilities, and people with low incomes may face in dealing with extra costs from the clean-up.
"Municipalities are already facing cuts to infrastructure and we want to ensure costs aren't passed onto residents in already tough financial times," said Dougald Lamont, Manitoba Liberal Leader and MLA for St. Boniface.
Liberals said Manitoba Hydro is busy with restoring power and there are thousands of instances where trees have been cracked or damaged that will pose a future threat to power lines if left in place - a thorough clean-up will help prevent future power losses.
Manitoba Liberals are asking for assurance from the Provincial Government that Manitoba's municipalities, First Nations, and citizens will not face the cost of this clean-up alone.
Lamont said it won't be long until our cold and challenging winter months and we must ensure municipalities and its residents are prepared for the months ahead.