Mayor Martin Harder, City Council and people of Winkler:
I want to thank the City of Winkler for inviting our government to hold a provincial cabinet meeting in your city on February 29th. It was a great opportunity to meet with the leadership of Winkler and visit many of the great people and places in your thriving community.
After we met with the Mayor and Council I had the privilege of visiting Winkler Kid's Korner Nursery School where I read to the children as part of I Love to Read Month. While at Kid's Korner I was pleased to announce new funding to ensure ongoing support for early learning and child-care centres in smaller communities as part of the Small Spaces Program. Our government has made quality education opportunities a key priority and we recognize this must start at a very early age.
Next I headed to J.R. Walkof School where I did some more reading and had the chance to speak with several classes. Special thanks to Mr. Larry Schroeder and all the dedicated teachers and students who made my visit very memorable.
Several cabinet ministers also had the opportunity to visit important community places and the people who make them successful. Deputy Premier Eric Robinson toured the Winkler Arena with Hank Hildebrand, while Healthy Living and Seniors Minister Jim Rondeau and Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross had afternoon tea with residents of the Winkler Senior Centre.
To finish my day I was thrilled to see the work being done at the VBINE Energy plant. It was great to see this Manitoba company creating economical green energy solutions. The Vertical Axis Wind Turbine technology they have pioneered is the perfect private-sector complement to the clean, green and renewable hydro and wind power our province is known for internationally.
Again, to the people of Winkler, thank you for hosting us in your city. We look forward to hosting future cabinet meetings in other communities as we work to ensure provincial government priorities reflect the values of all Manitobans.
Premier of Manitoba