MLA’s from Southwestern Manitoba say Monday’s budget spells good news for Manitoba.

Brandon West MLA Reg Helwer is optimistic they are doing the right thing for Manitobans. “A tremendous amount of investment in the province while still maintaining the spending at the levels we need to make sure that we can move forward.”

Helwer was pleased the government was finally able to come through with support for a new school in Brandon. The Kindergarten to Grade 8 school will be built in the city’s southeast corner and is something local officials have been lobbying for over the past number of years.2017 ambulance 1Budget calls for hiring of 60 new paramedics

“I think they’ll be happy to see the announcement of the school because they’ve been after this for sometime. The previous government promised it but didn’t deliver but we are going to deliver on the promise” said Helwer.

Helwer was also pleased to see agriculture got some attention with money being spent on research and he says without question agriculture is one of the main drivers of Manitoba’s economy.

Arthur-Virden MLA doyle Piwniuk also an MLA who sits on the government side of the legislature feels Manitobans will be excited about this budget. “This is out third budget and we spent a lot of time going around the province to hear what people had to say and what their priorities were. Important issues that came up at the meetings were health care for families and education.”

The budget included provisions for the hiring 60 new full-time paramedics.

“We are adding more paramedics and theses paramedics will be all around the Westman region and the entire province. It will be a different way of providing the service. When it comes to ambulances we are going to have people that will be like bees around the hive circling the area so they are there when needed the most.”

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