Premier promises to move rail lines, create childcare spaces in Throne Speech

Jeremy Desrochers / Global News

WINNIPEG — A major plan to move the rail lines in Winnipeg is just one of many promises the NDP made Monday in its annual Throne Speech.

“For far too long, rail lines have divided our capital city,” Premier Greg Selinger said. “It is time to move the tracks and open up opportunities for urban renewal.”

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He said the CentrePort Canada Rail Park will break ground in 2016 which will help achieve that, read the 11-page Throne Speech.

But couldn’t say how much this will cost.

There were a lot of promises to help Winnipeg including 25 per cent more funding to the city.

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A total of $1 billion over five years for infrastructure including money for the southwest leg of Rapid Transit connecting to the University of Manitoba to Downtown, the Waverley Street and Marion Street Underpasses, replacing Louise Bridge, extending Chief Peguis Trail westward and upgrading Kenaston Boulevard.

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The NDP also promised they’d create 12,000 childcare spaces in 5 to 7 years.

“We’ll give you numbers as we go forward.” Said Selinger.

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