Liberal chief Justin Trudeau stops in Winnipeg and pledges $ 900 million

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s campaign halted in Winnipeg on Tuesday, where polls suggest his party may win some seats.

The Liberals lost two longstanding bastions to the Conservatives in the last election – Winnipeg South Center and Saint Boniface-Saint Vital.

After touring Carte International, a local company that makes transformers for many world markets, Trudeau promised more money for research and development as well as for small businesses.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaks to reporters in Winnipeg on Tuesday. (CBC)A liberal government would spend $ 200 million a year for three years to help research institutions, small business incubators, and exporters, he said, and another $ 100 million a year for three years for an industrial support program Research used.

The money will boost the economy and help bring new technology to market, Trudeau said.

Financing the east side

When asked if a Liberal government would help fund the long-awaited all-weather road on the east side of Lake Winnipeg to connect isolated First Nations communities in northern Manitoba, Trudeau announced his promise of $ 60 billion over 10 years spend on the infrastructure.Liberal leader Justin Trudeau tightened the final screw on a transformer at Carte International during a photo op on Tuesday morning. (CBC)

But when he got out of the political game, he focused back on the question and said, “Yes, we will be the partner Manitoba needs”.

He wouldn’t say how much a Liberal government would provide, but he said he would work with provincial and local governments as well as First Nations.

After decades of discussion, the road project finally got moving in 2009, with formal agreements on the partial funding and training of workers.

The first part of the planned year-round road project on the east side is 156 kilometers long and would extend from Provincial Road 304 to the Berens River (through Hollow Water, Bloodvein and Berens River). The aim is to come to Berens between 2019 and 2020.

The full, year-round network will connect 13 isolated First Nations and cover 1,028 kilometers. In 2011, the total cost of the project was estimated at $ 3 billion.

The road would provide a reliable road for people currently dependent on winter ice roads. This in turn would give residents lower food prices and better access to health care.

The province has provided some funding, but Aboriginal Minister Eric Robinson said the roads (main road and access roads) could last up to 30 years without federal funding.

After visiting Winnipeg, Trudeau leads his campaign west to Richmond, BC to meet with local candidates and supporters.

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