Like all sectors, Morden-Winkler MPP Cameron Friesen says arts, culture and sports are under pressure –

Morden-Winkler MLA and Manitoba Finance Minister Cameron Friesen said provincial Conservatives have taken many important steps to make things more affordable for Manitobans.

He said that includes things like school tax refunds with refund checks averaging nearly $600 currently in the mail and the new tax credit for residential renters.

“We know that right now Manitoba families are really focused on affordability, they’ve been shocked by the rising prices of fuel, groceries and household items, and our government has been there and responding to help make life more affordable.

It’s not just families and households that face these pressures, Friesen noted. He said our community organizations in arts, culture and sports are also feeling the same pressures. “So we’re very proud to be able to fund a specific program to be able to fund the needs of these groups so that good things happen right here where we all live.”

Friesen said they’re also investing heavily in infrastructure, “as anyone can see when you’re driving around southern Manitoba, you can see the construction where we’re making good investments for the highways.” Friesen said they also spent $1 billion more on health care than at any time.

The latest investment, announced earlier this week, is a new $100 million program specifically to fund arts, culture and sport.

Friesen said that arts, cultural and sports organizations are important and have also faced many challenges. “We have a program called the Building Sustainable Communities program, which has been absolutely fantastic for Morden, Winkler and the RM of Stanley. Even this year we’ve given hundreds of thousands of dollars here. But it’s a new program specifically for arts and culture, and we know that whether it’s the CDIC, the Pembina Threshermans Museum, the Winkler Harvest Festival or a local baseball club, we know that a significant number of organizations communities will be eligible.

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