MHCA acknowledges it is located on Treaty One land and the homeland of the Metis Nation

Budget has half-billion for additional spending: Kinew

NDP leader Wab Kinew said his party’s election platform has a number of new spending promises that can be funded from the unallocated funds in the 2023 provincial budget.

Kinew told a Manitoba Chambers of Commerce breakfast September 19 that there is $500 million of unallocated funds in Budget 2023, which he reminded the largely business crowd his party supported when introduced in the legislature last spring.

That cash will cover funding for all promises made to date, including:

  • hiring more nurses and teachers
  • opening new beds
  • re-opening the ER at Victoria Hospital
  • ending chronic homelessness
  • taking the provincial tax off gas at the pump

Kinew said that his party will ensure that the budget is balanced “because if we don’t balance the books, we’ll always be coming back to you to ask for more and that’s just not right.”

While he spoke at length to the NDP’s health care and education promises – including appointing an ADM for Indigenous excellence and for Francais education – he also repeated his commitment to hire former premier and former Canadian ambassador to the US Gary Doer to be the Manitoba adviser on US trade.

“We are a trading province” and if Manitoba wants to grow its economy, it has to increase the volume of trade with its largest trading partner, he said.

The NDP leader also discussed his intent to invest in green energy, for the transportation industry, through provincial assistance for private sector development of hydrogen fuel, and for export.

“Hydrogen will be an important source of energy and fuel.” The private sector will kick start the hydro industry, with capital financing and debt guarantee from the provincial government.

Manitoba will show other provinces and the US how to fight climate change, he said. This while being the “sales force for Manitoba,” putting our natural resources and commodities out to the global market.

However, Kinew stressed that building homes and sheltering the homeless must be fundamental to our economic growth plan, calling homelessness a “humanitarian crisis.”

“Until we solve chronic homelessness” it will be a drag on the economy.

Chair’s Gala

November 18, 2022
RBC Convention Centre

Close to 650pp attended from both industry, government and stakeholder partners.  It was the closing of Nicole Chabot’s two year term as Chair.  Dennis Cruise of Bituminex Paving was welcomed as the new Chair.

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2022 Heavy Santa

December 16, 2022
David Livingstone School

This event was made possible through fundraising at the MHCA Chair’s Gala and Spring Mixer.

104 goodie bags and presents were prepared for the grades 1-4 students at David Livingstone School. 

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Awards Breakfast & Annual General Meeting

November 18, 2022
RBC Convention Centre

Manitoba Transportation & Infrastructure (MTI) Award Winner

  • Grading – Strilkiwski Contracting Ltd.: PTH 6 Grahamdale
  • Paving – Coco Paving o/a Russell Redi-Mix: Bituminous Reconstruction PTH 83
  • Urban Works – Coco Paving o/a Russell Redi-Mix: Bituminous Reconstruction PA 634 and Bituminous Pavement PTH 5
  • Special Projects – Mekhana Development Corp/Arnason Industries Ltd: Theresa Point Airport
  • Major Structures – D. Steele Construction: Bridge Replacement over the Red River Floodway on PTH 59N
  • Minor Structures – Moncrief Construction Ltd.: Reinforced concrete box culvert on PTH 5
  • Water Management – Brunet Ltd.: Flood response, Morris ring dike closure

200 members and guests gathered to hear greetings from Premier Heather Stefanson and the newly elected Mayor of Winnipeg, Scott Gillingham. Hon. Doyle Piwniuk, Minister, Manitoba Infrastructure, handed out the MTI Awards.

31 companies were recognized for their milestone membership commitments.

Matthew Neziol, of Bayview Construction, received the Safety Leader Award.

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