Written by CFAM/Country88/Eagle 93.5 FM News on Saturday, 15 November 2014
The federal government and the province of Manitoba announced earlier this week that several communities will benefit from the new Building Canada Plan’s Small Communities Fund. Portage-Lisgar M.P. and Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen says she appreciated being part of this process, noting the federal government will be investing seventy billion dollars over the next ten years to improve infrastructure across the country.
Bergen says her riding will benefit from nearly five million dollars worth of funding in this first round, and all for very specific infrastructure projects involving clean water and wastewater treatment.
She notes the Oakville lagoon in the RM of Portage will be expanded and the Town of Treherne will see renewal of the water line in a number of critical areas. Meanwhile, Plum Coulee has been granted funds for sewer re-lining projects.
Bergen adds she’s been working closely with reeves and mayors because clean water is such a basic need in rural communities. Bergen notes rural areas must continue to be strong and populated, so these kinds of infrastructure investments are extremely important. She adds that’s why she’s glad the government has made a ten year commitment, perhaps the largest ever of its kind, for investment in infrastructure.