ST. LAURENT, MB - Premier Pallister announced a $540-million project during a community meeting today in St. Laurent.
“Today, I am announcing our government is committed to getting shovels in the ground this year, beginning with construction of an access road leading to the construction site,” said Pallister. “For 60 years, inaction by government has devastated farm families, businesses and whole communities, and that inaction will end this year.”
The premier said the entirety of the $540-million project would be completed through an open tendering process, which includes no requirement that only companies willing to pay union dues could submit a tender.
The province said in a news release that Manitobans will have the right to have their voices heard on this project during both provincial and federal environmental reviews, both of which will happen in the near future.
“Our government wants to make something very clear: we will not be paying any organization or any individual not to speak on this project,” Pallister said. “The safety of Manitobans must be respected and that is why this project must proceed.”
With quotes from Government of Manitoba