Progressive Conservative MLA and Mineral Resources Critic Cliff Cullen told the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce Tuesday there’s talk about a major park for northern Manitoba that may hinder mining and forestry development. He says there has to be open discussion so people have a say in what Manitoba will look like in the future. He adds the conversation could be held behind closed doors and before we know it we could have a park all over northern Manitoba and that would stop any further development. Cullen says as northern Manitoba people know if we’re going to survive out here we need some opportunities and we have to have an open discussion about that as we can’t let the government set a policy if we aren’t involved in that discussion.
In response to questions Cullen and two fellow MLAs said they will look at Bipole Three, how to get First Nations involved in mining development, development of culture across the province and developing transportation opportunities in the north.