Ashton joins Northern Manitobans in campaign to Save East Side Road
May 26th, 2016 - 3:14pm
St. Theresa Point - Today Niki Ashton Member of Parliament (Churchill-Keewatinook Aski) joined with people living on the East Side of Lake Winnipeg to launch a campaign calling on the federal government to live up to its commitment to help fund the East Side road.
"The East Side road is a lifeline for First Nations and Northern communities. The Prime Minister committed to funding this vital initiative in the Federal election and we're looking for that commitment now," said Ashton.
There are 21 communities in Manitoba that do not have all weather road access. The province of Manitoba has begun to extend all weather road access through the Eastside road initiative. This road is critical to Northern and Indigenous because the existing winter road network is threatened by climate change. Due to climate change it is critical to accelerate the construction of all-weather road access into the affected communities.
The campaign is centred around a petition calling on the Government of Canada to live up to its commitment, partner with Manitoba and dedicate the necessary federal funding for the development of the East side road.
More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/285306711810991/