Bipole III line must go ahead now: Selinger

Premier Greg Selinger said today if the Bipole III transmission line is stalled it will set Manitoba back in economic growth.

“We need to stop talking about it. We need to get on with the show,” he said at a breakfast meeting of Manitoba Chambers of Commerce.

Selinger also said if Hugh McFadyen’s Progressive Conservatives form the next government, and cancel the bipole’s west side route, it will also damage Manitoba Hydro’s reputation as a power exporter and put the province at risk of blackouts.

The Tories say they’ll cancel the west side route in favour of a shorter and less expensive route down the east side of the province without hurting export plans.

Four years ago the NDP decided to build the new transmission line, to be the third bringing power south from northern dams, to protect the boreal forest on east side of Lake Winnipeg, and a bid to designate it as a United Nations world heritage site.

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