A number of provincial politicians have been touring Southwestern Manitoba meeting with civic leaders to talk about flood concerns and other issues.

Arthur-Virden MLA Doyle Piwniuk was joined by several other PC MLA's including a number of ministers.

“We want to be on top of any problems that come up this spring and we wanted to meet with municipal leaders to make sure we are all on the same page” said Piwniuk.

Roads, drainage and other infrastructure, conservation and water stewardship issues were front and centre. Doyle Piwniuk was joined by Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox and Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen toured rural areas of Western Manitoba last week.

Our two-day tour through several rural municipalities, and our meetings with town and RM officials in three communities, provided opportunities for great discussions about local and regional issues affecting Manitobans in those areas,” said Piwniuk. “This was a chance for the two ministers, especially, to take a close look at successes in rural Westman, and to hear first-hand about potential solutions to concerns in this region.”

The meetings on Feb. 9 and Feb. 10 in Deloraine, Waskada and Melita also included conservation and water stewardship employees with Manitoba Sustainable Development and staff from Manitoba Infrastructure, as well as mayors, reeves and councillors from the three communities and from the RMs of Deloraine-Winchester, Brenda-Waskada, Grassland, Two Borders and Pipestone.

The discussions involved a range of issues and concerns such as waterway maintenance, preparations for potential floods, control of illegal drainage, maintenance of highways, streets and curbs, bridge and lagoon projects and funding for community facilities.

We heard repeatedly from local residents and officials that they were pleased to be able to meet with provincial cabinet ministers in their home communities,” added Piwniuk.

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