Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey raised the issue of economic development and jobs during question period in the Manitoba Legislature last week. He stated over 13 hundred people have a job in northern Manitoba due in part to the good work of the Community Economic Development Fund which has helped important industries like mining, forestry, construction and fishing but the Pallister government has cut funding by over 30 percent. He says according to the Funds annual report it is the major funder of the recently announced Northern Economic Development Strategy. He explains the government wrote media releases about this and held press conferences so the government has abandoned even their pretense of support with a 30 percent cut stating it’s a betrayal asking why did this government promise solutions and then just deliver a cut.
Lindsey says the government has no plan for jobs in the north as they are just focused on their bottom line regardless of the crisis in the north.