Wednesday, February 25, 1987

Interlake Spectator

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Interlake Spectator (Newspaper) - February 25, 1987, Springfield, Manitoba for Gimli Members of the Town of Gimli tug ofwar team held on for a but the opponents eventually dragged them over the line at the carnival kickoff held More pictures on page the Interlake Living History Ninetythree year old Lake Martin resident tells his tale Doubts about Washow Bay ByBainGair Not having heard much in re cent months from provincial of ficials about the proposed million drainage improvement project for the Washow Bay RM of Bifrost coun cillors were getting after meeting the premier and two cabinet ministers recent Reeve David Gislason now says his council has been reassured that the work will get There was a basic commit ment made to the project prior to the last election in said Gislason last Following there hasnt been any formal We were hearing a lot of rumblings from the provincial government that money is programs are being they were struggling with their estimates and It seemed that this particular project had been on the back burner for awhile and we were concerned that a formal an nouncement had not been Agriculture Minister Bill who met with Bifrost representatives along with Premier Pawley and Natural Resources Minister Leonard Harapiak on said provin cial officials were aware there were about the projects Quite there was a lot of that coming out of this said the local I have to admit While the provincial govern ment reaffirmed its commitment to the it gave no assurances in its latest pro nouncements that the budget for no to budget meeting with municipalities ByShelZolkewich from the 12 municipalities in the Evergreen School Division almost got a chance to have some input on the divisions budget before the final bills were dropped in the But only a handful of trustees felt a prebudget meeting would do a great deal of good and a mo tion to hold such a meeting was defeated During budget discussions at last weeks regular trustee Blanche Bjarnason sug gested the board meet with one representative from each council before approving the final and mace a motion to that In the members of the councils have been called in for a meeting after the budget is One councillor called that practice Trustee Vivian Leduchowski was in favor of a more prebudget Were giving them the op portunity with this type of a Weve never done it Perhaps they can bettei understand the costs involved through she Trustee Kristine Kristofferson also felt it was a logical We just pass on our bills to them and a great many of them are unhappy with she told the Continued oo the project will reach the million originally announced by Pawley late in But Gislason said their agree as he understands is that the million figure has not Another uncertainty is the pro jects The drainage improvement work which includes upgrading existing drains and construction of new ones in Bifrost wards five and six was to take five or six years to according to the original The governments latest statements define no definite time It of be reviewed annually as to the amount of money said Uruski last And that will deter mine how quickly the project will be Part of the problem with finan cing is that the province was cour ting federal it now wont be forthcom At this point in Im not optimistic at all that the federal government will get involved in this said The project is designed in phases to be carried out over a number of a government press statement In the first planning and design would followed by land Later phases would involve onsite construc Some survey work has been done in the area Uruski said some construction work start in The province pledged million to the project in on the condition that the RM con tribute and that local farmers contribute onfarm drainage work estimated at another A formal agreement on financing between all parties has yet to be What we have from them is an agreement in said Once the provinces spending estimates are then we will sit down to work out the terms of Uruski Holtmann Breathing space budget a says agriculture minister By Bain Gair When federal Finance Minister Michael Wilson said his budget will give Canadians breathing he wasnt referring to says Manitobas agriculture the budget was emp said Bill Uruski last There was nothing in M9re there was nothing in it for western Wilsons budget did not iden tify any money to prepare for the financial crunch which is in evitable for western farmers this said the NDP MLA for But Tory MP Felix echoing Wilson and federal Agriculture Minister John said the budget is flexible enough to make some money available to farmers as their needs this year become more clearly It the budget doesnt rule anything said the MP for I think well have to deal with that as we see things Uruski said the federal govern ment passed up an opportunity to display its commitment to Had Wilson allocated money for another program such as the billion Special Canadian Grains Program or announced a new loan guarantee program under the federal Farm Credit he might have given farmers reason to be more confi dent heading into 1987 a year in which grain farmers are expected to face prices lower than last years record low grain and oil seed There doesnt seem to be any planned focus as to what the federal governments responsibili ty to agriculture said Holtmann said the Tories in Ot tawa are well aware of the predicament western farmers We realize its not a very op timistic he We will as a federal want to monitor the agricultural economic in We will be looking very seriously at those indicators to see how we have to address the situa The Conservatives budget did allocate million to cover the deficit in the Canadian Wheat Boards pool accounts and million for Western Grain Stabilization in