Because the city of Winnipeg is building up a debt at the bank. If the money is to be paid to the provincial government, then make an interim payment now, and let them get going. Do not hold it up.
I had the pleasure of meeting Mayor Coulter and Mayor MacLean, and I learned that the amount of money they have to spend each day is very great. They have nothing to back it up, but they must have the money to keep going. I believe in the sincerity of the Prime Minister and I believe the premier of Manitoba means well. That being so, let us give the people of Winnipeg something to work with, instead of having them run up an interest bill at the banks. The government has said, "We will stand by you." Yet, when it comes to the final say-so, the municipalities and the city of Winnipeg will have to foot the bill and pay the interest. Even now they have a large overdraft. The deputy mayor of Winnipeg told me that they have four hundred trucks operating at $2 an hour. That has been going on for three weeks. No municipality or town can stand that drain on its resources.
Call it a token payment or an interim payment, call it whatever you like, but send them some money. Send them a few million dollars so that they may save themselves this bill of interest which is gathering at the banks. They should have prompt and proper treatment coming to them. The Prime Minister has said he will help; then, help now, and do not wait until it is too late.