The president of the Manitoba Metis Federation is extending an olive branch to Premier Brian Pallister and his cabinet.
David Chartrand said the ball is now firmly planted in Pallister’s court after Ottawa approved the proposed $453-million Manitoba-Minnesota power transmission project on Friday.
“It’s time to move forward,” Chartrand said, adding he’s ready to sit down with Pallister. “The premier has to accept there’s opportunity here that he can get himself out of this.
“He created it. It’s back on his shoulders. He can’t blame the federal government now. He can’t blame the (Hydro) board now. He can’t blame me now. And if he doesn’t want to do it, Manitobans need to ask themselves, ‘What the hell is wrong.’ ”
Chartrand said it’s time to end the “street fight” that could potentially cost ratepayers $1 billion.
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