‘The north is truly hurting’: Thompson mayor frustrated he can’t get meeting with premier (CBC News Manitoba – August 16, 2018)


Dennis Fenske says city’s economic crisis warrants face time with Brian Pallister

The mayor of Thompson says he’s frustrated that he can’t get a meeting with the premier despite the grave economic challenges his community is facing.

Dennis Fenske says he and his council have been trying to arrange a sit down Premier Brian Pallister for months.

They put in a request to meet with Pallister when the premier was in Thompson last week for an announcement that Bell MTS would be awarded the contract to connect first responders across the province.

But they were told the premier’s schedule was too tight to fit them in. A couple councillors resorted to approaching Pallister after the announcement, Fenske says. “Given the times that Thompson and the region is facing, it warranted a face-to-face, in-person meeting with the premier and ministers while they were in Thompson,” he said.

Minister rebuffs comments

A spokesperson for Pallister said the premier was not available for an interview to respond to Fenske’s comments Wednesday. However, Blaine Pedersen, minister of growth, enterprise and trade, says he’s met with Fenske at least four times and that there have been several other meetings with senior staff and other cabinet ministers.

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