As the SUMA convention gets fully underway in Regina Monday, there likely will be plenty of discussion surrounding spending.
Federal money that was pledged to rebuild roads, bridges and help with other large-scale projects is still not being seen by some communities.
In fact, the federal government did not spend nearly 2-billion dollars that was earmarked for such projects according to documents revealed in late November of 2017.
Bernie Morton is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Kindersley, a town of 4,700 people.
He says his local government has completed several projects with its own funding, but major projects, like a lagoon, still need government dollars.
“The final approval – meaning the dollars that comes from approvals coming from cabinet – haven’t come our way,” Morton said. “We were encouraged by the amount of funds that were being committed by the federal government to municipalities, but quite frankly, we haven’t seen any of these funds since this government has come to office.” (http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html)
Morton says Kindersley has been moving along with other local projects, but says some large-scale projects are in a holding-pattern.
“We’re also embarking on building a new firehall,” Morton said. “Again, with no funds coming from the other levels of government. We do have other projects that we need to build; infrastructure-related projects like a new lagoon. But we’re desperately waiting for the funding coming from the other governments.”
Morton says Kindersley will also be along the route of The Enbridge Line 3 — which will see all remaining segments of the Line 3 pipeline replaced between Hardisty, Alberta and Superior, Wisconsin.
“In Kindersley, we are a growing oil and gas community,” Morton said. “We have a quite large shadow population as well. A shadow population is those who live here, who work here, but they don’t necessarily call Kindersley their home.”