ASHTON SUPPORTS CALL TO REMOVE HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM OMNITRAX OWNER
November 15th, 2017 - 3:39pm
CHURCHILL – Following recent indications that Omnitrax is unwilling to adhere to the federal government’s directive to repair the Churchill rail line, residents of Churchill are calling to remove the Honorary Degree granted by the University of Winnipeg to Omnitrax Owner Pat Broe.
“I support the call to remove the Honorary Doctorate given to Pat Broe. He was given the doctorate because of his commitment to our north. But his company has since shown nothing but disrespect to the people of northern Manitoba,” said NDP MP Niki Ashton (Churchill--Keewatinook Aski).
An Honorary Doctorate was awarded to the Omnitrax owner in 2008 by the University of Winnipeg in acknowledgement of his "unique vision and role in the development of Manitoba’s north”.
“The people of Churchill and our north have suffered enough due to Pat Broe‘s actions. His company’s approach is in direct contradiction to the statements made by the University of Winnipeg at the time of the honorary award,” added Ashton. “It is time for this honour to be removed and for us to recognize that Omnitrax is not part of the solution, but part of the problem.”