PC Release: Second Missing Community Centre with Audio


September 3, 2013

For Immediate Release


Second Missing Community Centre

Promises of a community centre on Fox Lake First Nation go unfulfilled: Schuler

 A second community centre on a northern first nation has received funding, but has never been built.  Just like at TCN, Fox Lake was promised a community centre by Manitoba Hydro.  Through the May 28th, 2009 Keeyask Adverse Effects Agreement, $3 million dollars was set aside for a community centre.  On top of this Hydro was to pay for programming and maintenance costs into the future).

“The people of Fox Lake have a right to know where their community centre is and why the minister responsible for Hydro has no interest in why it was never built.  Just like the Keeyask Centre on TCN this has been paid for but never built.  They weren’t promised a lump sum, they were promised community centres,“ said Hydro Critic Ron Schuler.

A $3 million payment from Hydro to Fox Lake was sent (according to the agreement) March 31st, 2010 to start construction on the Fox Lake Community Gathering Place.

As of August 26th, 2013 – Architect Jerald Peters of ft3 Architecture, Landscape & Interior Design, responsible for the upcoming Fox Lake Gathering Place stated: “We are nearly completed working drawings for the project, however, the project was cancelled over a year ago… and we have not worked on it since.”

In an August 23rd, 2013 phone conversation with the Fox Lake Negotiation Office in Gillam, they stated of the gathering place: “No, it hasn’t started yet.”

We ask the NDP, how many other things has it promised to build and failed to deliver?




Following the Money:

·         Fox Lake Gathering Place – $3 million

·         One-time programming payments – $855,000

·         Long-term programming – $6.3 million

·         Total programming – $7,155,000

·         Total Monies – $10,155,000


One-time payment of $3 million – March 31st, 2010

Fox Lake Community Gathering Place – land, construction, servicing, finishing, fixtures & furnishings.


One-time payment of $240,000 – March 31st, 2010

$1.5 million over 15 years starting March 31st, 2011

Youth Wilderness Traditions Program – for youth to experience a traditional lifestyle with seasonal activities


$200,000 over 10 years starting March 31st, 2011

Cree Language Program – Creates opportunities for adults to learn how to speak Cree and improve their language skills.


One-time payment of $315,000 – March 31st, 2009

$900,000 over 10 years starting March 31st 2010

Gravesite Restoration Program – to restore community grave sites.


One-time payment of $100,000 – March 31st, 2010

Alternative Justice Program – an alternative method of resolving situations involving the justice system and band residents.


One-time payment of $200,000 – March 31st, 2012

$1 million over 10 years, starting March 31, 2012

Crisis Centre & Wellness Counseling Program- Wellness counseling program and the establishment of a crisis shelter.


$2.7 million over 9 years, starting on March 31st, 2009

Lateral Violence & Where Do We Go From Here Program – Workshops to address behaviors and allow them to participate in the Keeyask Project. Ensuring maximum participation and opportunities associated with the Keeyask Project.

Cameron Friesen Speaks About Sinclair Inquiry

Audio provided by PC Manitoba

Friesen speaks about a secret report that shows four members of the public spoke to staff about Sinclair.  The report was not presented at the Sinclair inquiry.

PC Release: All Talk No Action


September 5, 2013

For Immediate Release


All Talk No Action

Recommendations in 2004 explained what needed to be done to improve ERs, but the NDP hasn’t done it: Friesen


In 2004, the Emergency Care Task Force was created to correct emergency department problems in Winnipeg ERs following a number of long ER waits that in some cases resulted in death.  The Emergency Care Task Force recommended adding a nurse reassessment role in each emergency department.  That nurse would act as an advocate to ensure patients waiting to be seen were waiting safely and reassessed regularly.

“The NDP claims changes were made, but had those changes been in place when Brian Sinclair sought help they likely would have saved his life.  This is a government that talks a good game, but isn’t delivering on its promises to Manitobans,” said Health Critic Cameron Friesen.

What is even more disturbing is that, five years after Brian Sinclair’s death and almost a decade after the Emergency Care Task Force recommendations were released too many promises of ER improvement remain unfulfilled.

Earlier this year, Bonnie Guagliardo died because no one checked on her during six hours while she waited with a visible head injury.  Where was her reassessment nurse?  She was convinced medical experts would have seen her after all that time if they thought it was serious, so she left the ER and subsequently died.

If the NDP had lived up to its commitments we would have reassessment nurses in all ERs all the time, but clearly a decade later that is not the case.  This government is all talk and no action, and this inconsistent approach puts lives at risk. Manitobans deserve better.

PC Release: PCs Listening on Amalgamation


September 5, 2013

For Immediate Release


PCs Listening on Amalgamation

Bill 33 is a mess cannot succeed because the NDP doesn’t listen: Pedersen


The Progressive Conservative Party has been listening to the concerns of municipal leaders.  The NDP has never lent them an ear and now they have decided to force some municipalities to amalgamate.  They did this after failing to consult and dropping legislation on municipal leaders on the eve of their annual meeting.

“If the NDP had spent any time at all listening to municipal leaders just one of the many concerns for them revolves around seasonal residents.  These are Manitobans that don’t live in a municipality full-time, but have a vested interest in that municipality,” said Local Government Critic Blaine Pedersen. “These seasonal residents should be counted the same as all other residents,” added Pedersen.

Further to that, municipalities should be judged on their vibrancy.  Municipalities should be treated with respect as they continue to balance their budgets each and every year, and should be allowed to determine their own future.

The NDP needs to pull this bill, stop the bullying, and start again.  This time the minister should start the process by consulting with municipalities.