(June 21, 2018), https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/letters-and-comments-june-23-486340451.html

The previous Manitoba government(s), for 17 years, were liberal with their wage provisions, and played loose with the economy (rerouting Bipole III; over-resourced hydro generation capacity in the form of the Keeyask dam).

The article suggests that this journey could continue: one of profligate spending and wage compensation, a journey that the NDP-led governments had taken Manitobans on. If it were possible to rewind those lost years, we could compensate the Manitoba treasury, the provincial population thereby and the workers of Manitoba unions, or otherwise (namely, for those miles of extra labour and steel tower routing, as well as hydro dam building). But we can’t!

Now the Progressive Conservatives are stuck with it. The damage has been done. The costs of all of the above means that all of the parties — unions, contractors, Manitoba taxpayers — are unfortunately beholden to the past. It’s time to pay the piper.

Ed Hailley Winnipeg