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Feds inject cash into Manitoba highways

WINNIPEG, Man. - Manitoba will receive $40.4 million from the federal government to improve the province's roads, but transport boss David Collenette shouldn't expect a thank-you card anytime soon.Chr...


WINNIPEG, Man. – Manitoba will receive $40.4 million from the federal government to improve the province’s roads, but transport boss David Collenette shouldn’t expect a thank-you card anytime soon.

Chris Lorenc, president of Manitoba Heavy Construction says the contribution isn’t nearly enough.

“It’s highway robbery,” Lorenc lashed out, noting that Manitoba pays much more through fuel tax revenues than it receives. He says over the next four years, Ottawa will collect $600 million from Manitoba drivers through fuel taxes.

“This should be unacceptable to any person with reasonable sense of the word fair play,” Lorenc tells local media.

The feds will dole out the cash to Manitoba through four years as part of the federal Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program.


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