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Lingering water issues from floods in 2011 and 2014 are one of the reasons that MLA Doyle Piwniuk invited Minister of Sustainable Development Cathy Cox out from Winnipeg, to pay a visit to Arthur-Virden Constituency. When the PCs took over government, 18 portfolios shrank to 12 which meant redistribution of responsibilities. Minister Cox’s portfolio also encompasses water stewardship and conservation. As MLA for River East, Cox had not spent time in the riding, so MLA Doyle Piwniuk saw the opportunity to make her acquainted with one of the pressing issues – the high water table.
Piwniuk explained, in an interview recently, said, “The very large aquifer under the Oak Lake area extends almost to Melita.” He explained that Oak Lake resort and beach is an economic engine in the immediate area; the dam and dike, as well as the beach areas have required repair.