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Liberals Pledge to Spend on Public Transportation

July 5, 2019 5:15 PM | News

Dougald Lamont

Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont speaks to media outside the legislature after the provincial throne speech was read at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg on November 21, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

The Manitoba Liberal Party is pledging more money for public transportation if they are elected in the fall.

Leader Dougald Lamont said Friday his government would restore a 50/50 funding agreement with Ottawa to ensure Manitoba sees its share of $500 million in funding to improve transit systems.

“Investing in better transit is about giving people greater choice, mobility, independence, and it’s also good for the environment,” said Lamont.

“We are committed to working in partnership with municipalities to build something together that works and which has been broken under the current government.”

Lamont said the Pallister government cancelled the cost-sharing agreement for transit and has refused to share cannabis revenue with municipalities.

The Liberals would also help municipalities with the electrification of bus fleets, while also funding green projects from carbon revenue, Lamont said.