Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Politicians Weigh in on Future of Winnipeg Police Helicopter

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Politicians Weigh in on Future of Winnipeg Police Helicopter

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Politicians weigh in on police helicopter

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WINNIPEG - With a provincial election scheduled for April 19, leaders of Manitoba's political parties are weighing in on the future of Winnipeg's police helicopter.

Police Chief Devon Clunis says an announcement about the future of the police helicopter will come in a few weeks, but says while there is value in having the chopper, in the end it might just come down to balancing the books.

The province funds the helicopter's operating costs.

The current NDP government says it is committed to funding the helicopter for many years, but has called for an independent audit to make sure taxpayers are getting their money's worth.

Tory justice critic Kelvin Goertzen says his party would talk it over with police to determine if they feel it's good value for the money or if there are other things similar funding could be used for, a stance the Liberals are also taking. …

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