Bipole III draws comments at producer.com

$4.6 billion project


It’s not often that you’ll hear a politician speak candidly, especially one only recently elected to office. But Manitoba’s premiere-elect, Brian Pallister, doesn’t seem to be the kind of guy to mince words.


Barely a day after Pallister and his Progressive Conservative party swept to victory in the April 19 Manitoba election, Pallister had this to say to Western Producer reporter Robert Arnason when asked about the future of the Bipole III power line project:


“The Bipole III west line is one of the dumbest, most poorly considered projects in the history of any government, anywhere.


“… (My) hope is we can still stop this project but I have to see the information first.”


The contentious $4.6 billion power transmission project will run from hydro dams in northern Manitoba to the Saskatchewan border, then west of Lake Manitoba before cutting across prime agricultural land in southern Manitoba.


As if taking a cue from the outspoken premiere-designate, many of our readers took to social media to share their candid thoughts on the matter as well.


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“One day in office and Pallister is already starting work on his multi-billion dollar boondoggle that is going to cost Manitoba tens of billions of dollars. Could someone please give Pallister a map of Canada so he can see that the point of Bipole III is to act as a backup for southern Manitoba and, more importantly, create a high voltage, high volume connection to the rest of Western Canada. …” wrote a reader identifying himself as Jayson.


A reader named John Fefchak quoted a letter on the subject by William Young published in the Winnipeg Sun last fall. 


“Manitoba Hydro came to our community with the Bipole III proposal and did consult with us. … The community told them there and then, if you don’t want to listen to our ideas, then move on — we don’t want Bipole III in our traditional territories. A big example of a big corporation wanting to take and giving nothing back in return.”


Care to share your thoughts? We’re keen to hear them, generally the more candid the better.


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  • John Fefchak

    ‘Pallister doesn’t seem to be the kind of guy to mince words.” I agree, reminds me some of a US politician, D. Trump.
    Hopefully, common sense ( a rarity ) will occur and the decision to proceed or abort must be based on the $$ already spent and contracted, versus. the ego of the soon to be government in power. For after all, the taxpayers will be the donors regardless. And who knows, the plan in place may be the best for all Manitobans future, and not the boondoggle, that the Conservatives harp about.
    Let’s not copy- cat, Chretien, when he as Prime Minister and a stroke of a pen in
    1993 scuttled the helicopter purchase replacement for the aged and tired Sea Kings.
    That one act alone, cost Canadian taxpayers a pile of alimony money just to break contracts.