I noted with interest the picture of the crane putting the turbine on the windmill at St. Leon, Man. It was noted that it was the largest windmill farm ii North America; way to go, Manitoba.
This is the future of Manitoba in this century and should be accentuated by the provincial and federal governments.
Manitoba can become a world player in providing hydroelectric power to North America.
With the giant mega-hydroelectric projects in Northern Manitoba to be built in this century and more windmill farms in southern Manitoba, Manitoba can become a needed source of energy that complies with the Kyoto agreement.
The Sierra Club of Canada has stated that the world's supply of fossil fuels will be extinct by 2025. I hope the federal government can help Manitoba in building the mega-hydro projects quickly so that we can extend the amount of fossil fuels in Canada past the year 2025.
The business leaders in Manitoba should have a big advantage in attracting industry to Manitoba with the lowest hydroelectric rates in North America.
The City of Winnipeg should think electric and be planning a comprehensive series of rapid transit corridors relying on electrical energy so by the end of this century you will be able to get anywhere in Winnipeg quickly and conveniently on rapid transit.
I hope that the construction of the mega-hydro projects provides jobs to our aboriginal people in Northern Manitoba and long-term employment in operating the dams and providing security jobs to protect the dams.
The Pas, Flin Flon and Thompson will have a big advantage in attracting industry to their communities with industries that rely on low industrial rates.
I hope the chambers of commerce in these communities are out recruiting industries throughout the world to consider locating in Northern Manitoba.
I know there is some objection to the building of these mega-projects by the environmentalists but I hope they can realize in the long term hydro energy is good for the environment in that it curtails global warming.
Once again, way to go, Manitoba.