WINNIPEG, Man. — The provincial Liberal party has launched an election campaign, vowing to improve the province’s highways.
Liberal leader, Jon Gerrard, yesterday promised that a Liberal government would set up an independent body to create and manage a provincial transportation plan called the Manitoba Transportation Investment Authority.
“I think transportation is very important to people,” he tells local media. “We have a society where cars, buses and trucks are vital to the economy as well as to a whole range of industries.”
Transportation Minister Scott Smith was quick to take pot shots at the plan, calling it “another level of bureaucracy.” He also says it will be a burden to taxpayers.
“Can you print laughter?” Smith asked local media when asked for his response to the plan.
However, Gerrard says the transportation board would work with the $300 million a year the province collects through fuel taxes.
Although an election date has yet to be set, many Manitobans expect to be heading to the polls in the spring.
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