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Manitoba Liberals promise to overhaul provincial infrastructure plan

Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont making an announcement on Sunday morning.
Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont making an announcement on Sunday morning. Dan Turnbull / Global News

If elected, the Manitoba Liberals are planning to take a new approach when it comes to infrastructure funding.

“The highway deficit alone is estimated to be at $6-billion and the total infrastructure deficit is estimated at $15-billion after decades of under investment by the PC’s and the NDP alike.” said a Liberal spokesperson in a news release, sent out Sunday morning.

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The Liberals say they’ll create a 10-year strategic infrastructure plan to “prioritize urgent and high-return-on-investment infrastructure projects,”

That plan includes creating strategic economic infrastructure geared towards lowering costs for Manitoba families.

They said upgrading Highway 75, the road at the Border near Emerson and the highway from the Pas to Saskatchewan will be a part of their infrastructure plan.

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In the release, the Liberals say they’ll make accessible infrastructure by ensuring that accessibility is “baked in” to new builds.

“We will also pay for accessibility upgrades including schools, public buildings, and businesses,” says Manitoba Liberal Leader, Dougald Lamont.

“We will encourage the retrofitting of existing schools and buildings by having the province pay for 100% of renovations in K-12 schools,” Lamont continued.

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Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont
Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont