Port of Churchill – Question Period – October 20, 2011
Mr. Merv Tweed (Brandon—Souris, CPC): Mr. Speaker, yesterday, we witnessed a bizarre spectacle in the House when the NDP member for Churchill spoke out against the positive announcements our government made for the Port of Churchill in her riding.
Unlike that member, our government understands the importance of the Port of Churchill as a valuable asset. Despite the NDP, the Port of Churchill will remain the Prairies’ Arctic gateway to the world.
Would the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food please outline the help that the NDP member for Churchill is opposed to her constituents receiving?
Hon. Gerry Ritz (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I know the member for Brandon—Souris is supportive of the actions our government continues to take to help northern Manitoba. This government will continue to support Churchill. Building on the $38 million this government committed in previous budgets, we at Agriculture Canada will provide $5 million per year, for the next five years, to incent more than just Wheat Board grains moving up the railway toChurchill. That is a great initiative. Transport Canada will provide an additional $4 million, over three years, to strengthen the infrastructure at the port.
The people of Churchill are hoping that their NDP member does not vote no again.