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LETTERS FROM MEMBERS TO MLA

Posted on: October 13, 2015  |  

Demonstrate your strenuous opposition to the government’s “New Parks Strategy” scheme.  We urge you all to get engaged in the political process by communicating directly with your own MLA and the caucuses of the political parties.  Write letters, pay visits, get on social media and generally speaking MAKE NOISE!

The following are two letters sent by concerned members to their MLA

Rob Altemeyer
MLA Wolseley
202-222 Furby Street
Winnipeg, Mb.
R3C 2A7

Dear Mr. Altemeyer,
I am a cottage owner at White Lake, block 4 lot 1,in the Whiteshell Provincial Park. My cabin, built in 1960, is a 600 square foot “rustic” retreat from city life and is not winterized. In a year of favourable weather I can use my cabin for 6 months.
Since 2012 my service and lease fees for this cabin have doubled and will continue to increase yearly until 2022 when my combined fees will have increased by 639 percent, $5,430!  This is an outrageous increase and will make my city taxes seem like a bargain!  As a cottager I want to pay my fair share but this is nothing more than an unjustified tax grab.

I resent being labeled a “fat cat” by this current government in their efforts to spin this issue in their favour.  I am an ordinary citizen who has worked hard for what I have and have always paid my share.
This government’s current taxation plan for cottagers is unfair and unreasonable and does not respect the Parks Act.

As my elected MLA I urge you to respond to my concerns and to bring this to the attention of the Minister of Conservation, the Honourable Thomas Nevakshonoff.

I await your reply

Respectfully

Deborah Seguin
1328 Wolseley Avenue
R3G 1H4

 

 

Rob Altemeyer
MLA Wolseley
202-222 Furby Street
Winnipeg, Mb.
R3C 2A7

Dear Mr. Altemeyer,

As a cottage owner in the Whiteshell Provincial Park, White Lake block 4 lot 8, I want to bring to your attention a very serious concern I have.

Our current government has implemented a taxation plan which will result in my cabin taxes increasing 639 percent by 2022. No, that is not a typo. Since 2012 taxes on my cabin have doubled and will continue to increase yearly to $5,430 by 2022, much more than my city taxes which include many services. Cabin taxes include no services that I know of, except central garbage pickup and erratic road grading. I developed and maintain my own water system drawing from the lake, I pay to have my septic tank serviced and pay a private service to keep my block road clear in winter months.

As a Manitoban, I want to pay my fair share, but these harsh increases are just a tax grab. Surely a new taxation formula that is fair and reasonable for cottagers could be created. My name is not Peter Nygard, as the Honourable Premier Selinger refers to Whiteshell cottagers as. This current taxation plan will force ordinary Manitobans out of their beloved cabins, the very opposite of Sid Green’s promise when provincial parks were formed.

I am asking you to bring this issue to the attention of the Honourable Thomas Nevakshonoff, Minister of Conservation and this government.

As one of your constituents, I am patiently waiting for your response.

Yours truly,

Edward Carriere
1328 Wolseley Avenue
R3G 1H4

One response to “LETTERS FROM MEMBERS TO MLA”

  1. ahogan says:

    I sent a letter to Dennis Smook, my MLA from the La Verendrye District. He promptly replied with a confirmation that the Progressive Conservatives have made a commitment to a two year moratorium on planned increases until a cost of service audit is undertaken to ensure a fair share is achieved.
    There is also a commitment to live up to Section 18(3) and Section 20 of The Provincial Parks Act.

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