WINNIPEG, Man. — With a provincial election right around the corner, the Manitoba government released a budget yesterday that includes more than $190 million in highways spending.
Of that, $120 million will go towards highway construction while $68 million will be spent on maintenance. The Prairie Grain Roads program will also receive a boost, with a $6.5 million commitment.
The rail line serving the Port of Churchill will also receive funding to the tune of about $1 million. This is seen as key, since rumors have been swirling about the future viability of the northern port.
“Churchill has a strategic economic and national role for both Manitoba and Canada,” says Manitoba’s Finance Minister, Greg Selinger. “The rail line provides important linkages to remote communities in Manitoba and Nunavut. The port and rail line also play a vital role in the region by supporting important industries like mining, hydroelectricity, forestry, fishing, tourism and trapping.”
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