It was nice to see lots of variety and vendors taking part in the CHTM trade show last weekend in Thompson. This northern tradition is a sign of spring, and plenty of hardy northerners came out in blizzard-like conditions to take it in. Thanks to all the service providers and vendors who travelled from near and far to answer questions and to offer unique goods, crafts, discounts and draws to all attendees, ensuring the show’s success again this year.
Also last week, the Manitoba Metis Federation held its 31st-annual regional meeting at the Ma-Mow We-Tak Friendship Centre. It was very well attended with dignitaries and guests travelling from across the province, including MMF president David Chartrand. It was a great opportunity to reconnect with friends, network and listen to local, regional and provincial concerns. I want to thank MMF Thompson region vice-president Julyda Lagimodiere for inviting me to speak, and all of her staff and volunteers for hosting us.
Separately, our government has issued a licence to Manitoba Hydro to begin construction on the Manitoba Minnesota Transmission Project (MMTP). The licence will allow Manitoba Hydro to begin construction subject to 64 conditions that will minimize the impact on the environment, landowners and Indigenous communities. We have let the experts do their work in determining a route that is the most cost-effective and that reduces the impact along the transmission line. Manitoba Hydro has signed contracts for exports to customers in the United States, including price guarantees. The MMTP will also reduce our risk of outages by giving Manitoba the ability to import power from the U.S. in case of emergencies. Our government sees the advantage in harnessing our renewable resources as we move toward a reduction of our province’s environmental footprint. Manitoba has long been a clean and green energy provider. This transmission project will create jobs and generate revenue in Manitoba, and will make a significant impact in reducing emissions worldwide.