Spring Into Action

Register for new fitness sessions starting mid-March! 

Register Here

The MLA for Emerson says he is shocked the federal Liberals plan to compensate Quebec residents they say have been impacted by the flood of asylum seekers coming into Canada through that province from United States. Some homeowners are reportedly getting as much as $25,000. cliff graydon closeup 2016Graydon said he takes offence to Manitobans, like those in his constituency, being left out of the plan. File photo.

"But at the same, because we're nearing a federal election, then I can understand that the Liberal government is looking at perhaps encouraging people to support them in their endeavours," commented Cliff Graydon. 

Graydon said he takes offence to Manitobans, like those in his constituency, being left out of the plan. He also disagrees with the argument that those in rural settings haven't seen the same affects because the number of people crossing the border in those spots has diminished.

"In this situation here where you've got people knocking on your windows in the middle of the night," he explained. "Keep in mind, with the big influx of illegal immigrants coming across the border, when they came into Emerson (the community) opened the community centre for them. The community opened their arms to these people."

Graydon also argues that this experience has dramatically changed the culture within the town of Emerson since the influx began about two years ago. 

"People lock their doors, they lock their garages. They don't go for walks in the evening (and) their children don't go to the playground unless there's an adult with them. That culture never existed in Emerson."

He encourages Border Security Minister Bill Blair to take a tour of the country to see what's really happening for himself, noting all Canadians should be treated fairly.

"It was the federal government's initiative to put this money into Quebec, we were never asked whether it was a good thing or a bad thing. They are elected to do what they think is best, and if that's what they think is best then treat everyone the same," said Graydon. "Are there better ways of spending the money? I'm not going to be the judge of that."

More Local News

Residential Parking Ban For Semi Trucks Takes Effect In Winkler

Semi and delivery trucks are banned from parking on residential driveways in Winkler for the next 90 days. While council loosened up the year-round by-law recently, the ban still remains for the…

Altona Mayor Says Cannabis Shop Selection Was "Inevitable"

"To some extent, it's inevitable." Altona mayor, Al Friesen That's the reaction of Altona Mayor Al Friesen following Thursday's announcement that the town is 1 of 7 rural communities approved to…

Carman/Dufferin Prepared, But Not Worried About Flooding

Carman/Dufferin Director of Public Safety Ben Vanderzwaag is not too concerned about flooding in the town or surrounding municipality, and says snow levels in ditches are not too worrisome. "At this…

Emerson-Franklin On High Flood Alert

The community of Emerson is preparing for high water on the Red River this spring. Predictions of a 2009 size flood with normal weather conditions have most communities on high alert this season.…

"2018 Was A Refreshing Year," Says PVBC Executive Director

Applications have already begun to stream in as the Pembina Valley Bible Camp (PVBC) begins preparations for their upcoming season. The camp continues to create a unique, community-focused…

Border Valley Snow Goers Calls It A Season, Closes Trail Network

Members of the Border Valley Snow Goers snowmobile club are looking back on a banner year. Club president, Vern Wieler, says significant snowfall in combination with a new groomer made for some of…

Altona Among Seven Communities Adding A Cannabis Store

Altona has been selected by the Manitoba government as one of seven rural communities that will have a retail cannabis store. This is part of the government's plan to have a cannabis outlet within a…

Salem Foundation Takes On $15,000 Patio Project

Salem Foundation is gearing up for a new capital project to improve their patios for residents. "Residents spend time outside enjoying the sun and fresh air. Right now, the Cottonwood patio is not…

Favourable Snow Melt Conditions Continue In U.S. Red River Basin

Last week's flood outlook for North Dakota and Minnesota in the Red River basin remains unchanged. In it's latest flood forecast issued today (Thursday), the National Weather Service says snow melt…

Rhineland Officials Keeping An Eye On Pembina River, Buffalo Channel

Municipality of Rhineland officials are preparing for low to moderate flooding on the Pembina River this spring. Manitoba's latest flood forecast is predicting favourable weather this month and into…

PembinaValleyOnline.com is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide