Loss of Service

St. Boniface - Friday, March 20, 2003 - by: Mike Reilly


By eliminating the ability of the Winnipeg Weather Office to provide severe weather services, the federal Liberals are continuing their disregard for prairie communities, farmers and residents of Canada's North.




The Winnipeg office provides forecasting for 60% of Canada's landmass, which is also subject to some of the most severe weather conditions in the country. Weather services in Edmonton will not be sufficient to make up for the loss of these services.




Winnipeg's five Liberal members of parliament Raymond Simard, Reg Alcock, Anita Neville, Ray Pagtakhan and John Harvard have stood by while Manitoban's lost an essential service for public safety and agricultural production as did their fellows in the other eight locations to be closed in other locations across the country.




How can this government justify cost reductions of several hundred thousand on weather personnel while having spent millions on Challenger jets for the Prime Minister and planning to spend billions on climate change ?




Mike Reilly



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