What are their real reasons?

What are their real reasons?

By Ken Waddell

There has been much commotion raised about speeding tickets issued in and around Winnipeg. The tickets in question have been issued as a result of photo radar cameras set up in construction zones. Seems the cameras weren’t switched off after hours and on weekends when construction crews went home. Seems also that millions of dollars worth of tickets were sent out. Many were paid, some not and a few were challenged. The challenges were based on the fact the law seems to state the speed limit is in effect for protection of workers. A justice official has ruled that when there are no workers present, the law isn’t in effect. Therefore, after hours tickets may well be void.
Instead of bowing to that ruling, the NDP government pondered fighting it. Then they withdrew. Then the avalanche opened up. What about all the people who paid their tickets but weren’t actually guilty under the law? Manitoba’s justice minister’s first reaction was: too bad, so sad, indicating that paying the fine was an admission of guilt. But that was really dumb because if a person isn’t guilty, then paying a fine doesn’t make them guilty.
The truth actually came out; the law in effect has less to do with worker safety and more to do with grabbing cash. Some reports say as much as $60 million, which seems incredible indeed. To pay back millions in fines will cost a huge amount of money in both rebates and administration fees. It’s a mess, and it’s a mess of the government’s own making.
If the aim is to keep work areas safe, and that should be the aim, there are other ways to do it. Some have called them idiot boards, the flashing sign indicators that western Manitobans are all familiar with if they travel Hwy. 10 through the village of Forrest. The name idiot board would indicate the state of mind of a driver if he goes through one of those signed sections and doesn’t reduce speed when the big flashing speed numbers are right in front of them. The flashing speed indicator boards have proven effective but the problem is they work at controlling speed, they don’t make money.
That’s a problem. The province has spent itself silly in the last 10 years. They’ve borrowed more and more money, spent more and more money in good times and now they still have a bare cupboard in bad times.
This spring the chickens are really coming home to roost. The provincial NDP have introduced a bill to suspend the province’s debt payments. That’s right. Not only will they increase expenditures and increase the provincial debt, but they will suspend debt payments for three years. Manitoba is doing well financially but it certainly isn’t because of our government. It’s in spite of our government. That could change. Manitoba may well suffer long after other provinces have recovered because we have a staggering debt load, an increasing debt load.
Finance minister Greg Selinger has straight out lied to Manitobans when he says the debt is about $11 billion. It’s not true, its over $20 billion and climbing every day. In fact it’s climbing at about a million dollars per day.
It’s no wonder the government doesn’t want to face paying back illegal speeding tickets. They are

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