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Liberals Pledge Year-Round Downtown Food Market

April 1, 2016 1:26 PM | News

Rana Bokhari

Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari is shown in a handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)

The Manitoba Liberals have committed to building a year-round fresh food market in downtown Winnipeg if elected.

Leader Rana Bokhari says the market would include locally-grown produce, meat and other groceries, which would draw other businesses and residents to the core.

Downtown Winnipeg isn’t currently serviced by a year-round grocery store and many residents often need to cross into Osborne Village to purchase groceries.

Bokhari estimates the property purchase and build to cost around $20 million. A private enterprise partner would also be brought on board to run help run the market as a Crown corporation under the Department of Agriculture.

Vendors would pay to maintain the non-profit facility.

Voters go to the polls on April 19.

— Staff