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Prime Minister Harper Tours Manitoba Flood Zone

May 11, 2011 2:21 PM | News

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Manitoba Wednesday, where he toured regions along the Assiniboine River affected by flooding.

Harper was in Southport, just south of Portage la Prairie, where he was briefed on the latest flood situation at Allied Wings FBO.


Harper was joined by Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and members of the Canadian Armed Forces before taking off via helicopter to tour Brandon.

Once in Brandon, the Prime Minister met with Mayor Shari Decter Hirst, local MPs and residents, and also took a few questions from reporters.

As we’ve previously reported, Brandon is experiencing a one-in-300-year flood, but water levels on the Assiniboine River have appeared to stabilize over the last 24 hours.

On Tuesday, Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, was in Portage la Prairie, where he took part in a flood tour with several Canadian soldiers currently assisting to build up protective dikes.

More than 1,100 members of the Canadian military are currently in the province lending their support in the flood fight.

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