Today, Opposition Leader Brian Pallister called on the Selinger government to put a moratorium on cottage fee hikes for up to two years. This is to give the government time to do what it should have in the first place; be transparent to the true cost of services to cottage lots.
“Under the law the NDP has an obligation to be transparent and provide exactly what fees are required to service cottage lots and show how that money was spent. This hasn’t been done for the majority of the NDP’s rule and cottage owners deserve a clear accounting of what they should be paying and what has been done,” said Opposition Leader Brian Pallister.
The Provincial Parks Act, section 18(3) and 20 specify that estimates of costs by Park District as well as financial operating statements are to be prepared and supplied to the public annually. The NDP has been breaking the law by not preparing and disclosing estimates and actual expenditures for all park districts.
“Only through a cost-for-service audit can the government determine exactly how much cottage owners should be paying for the services they receive, and any cottage owner I’ve talked to says they are willing to pay their fair share,” said Conservation Critic Shannon Martin.
PC Caucus is committed to transparency and fairness and would adhere to sections 18(3) and 20 of the Provincial Parks Act, and would put a moratorium on any hikes to cottage fees until that audit is done and the result shared openly with all Manitobans.