Manitoba’s senior minister in the Trudeau government, and only Manitoba minister as he pointed out, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, ran through the highlights of the recent federal budget and addressed some topics of importance to business leaders at a special MBiz luncheon.
Carr spent close to half an hour in conversation with Manitoba Chambers of Commerce President and CEO Chuck Davidson to tout the focus the government. He spoke proudly of the governments focus on keeping indigenous families healthy ($1.5 billion over five years); providing support for housing for the Métis nation ($500 million over ten years); and supporting post-secondary education. Carr also touched on the importance and support for continued innovation at the National Microbiology lab ($9.4 million over five years) and $35 million for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
During the conversation, Minister Carr addressed the latest on Churchill and the hope to have the rail line back in service this spring, with a strong focus on Churchill as part of the federal governments long talked about arctic strategy. He also shared the challenges facing current trade negotiations involving Canada and the U.S., which Carr called the most protectionist focused government in many years. He remained hopeful, thanks to willing participants who understand the importance of a strong partnership, that a deal can be done that is best for Canada.
Despite a hectic schedule that keeps him on the road, Carr told the crowd he continues to keep tabs on the Winnipeg Jets he will make sure to be part of a spring parade to celebrate a Jets Stanley Cup parade!