On June 12th, NDP MLA Jim Maloway and Tory MLA Ron Shuler debated with each other as to who was the worst in building northern roads. Their debate, from Hansard, is below:
Northern Manitoba Roads - Infrastructure Investment
Mr. Jim Maloway (Elmwood): This government has cut investments in highways to a tune of $152 million this year alone, slashed funding for northern roads. Under their watch, Provincial Road 391 from Thompson to Lynn Lake is crumbling. Under their watch, Provincial Road 280 to Gillam is crumbling. Under their watch, Highway 39 to Snow Lake is crumbling.
How does this government expect to grow the northern economy, mining, logging and tourism, when they're not even willing to build and maintain northern roads?
Hon. Ron Schuler (Minister of Infrastructure): Well, Madam Speaker, how about we look at the record of the previous government, the NDP, including the member for Elmwood, who spent $500 million on the East Side Road Authority, and what did Manitobans get? Well, in 2011 Manitobans got, for their $500 million, 7.2 kilometres.