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OPINION: Selkirk, A Shining Example of Good Governance and Long-Term Planning



As the Cross Border Cross Country Tour made its way through Canada, we were fortunate to make a pit stop in the charming community of Selkirk, Manitoba. Located just 30 minutes away from the provincial capital, Winnipeg, Selkirk may have been a little-known gem on the map for some, but after our visit, it left an indelible mark on our hearts and minds.

One of the first things that struck me about Selkirk was its diverse housing market. As we explored the city, we witnessed a mix of small modular housing and stately residences from the 1960s and 1970s. Selkirk's commitment to diversifying its housing options was evident, reflecting a broader trend of housing market evolution across Canada.

Our visit began with a meeting with Duane Nicol, the CAO and former Councillor of the City of Selkirk. We engaged in a thoughtful discussion about the city's administration and its progressive outlook. Shortly afterward, we were joined by Mayor Larry Johannson.

Together, Duane, Larry, and I embarked on a tour of the city, and what I experienced was truly remarkable. Selkirk's municipal staff and government weren't just focusing on the immediate future; they were actively planning for the next century. This forward-looking approach was evident in various aspects of their initiatives.

For instance, Selkirk has been strategically acquiring land for future development, ensuring that the city can accommodate its growing population and evolving needs. Additionally, their investment in a state-of-the-art water treatment plant showcased their commitment to environmental stewardship and providing sustainable infrastructure for generations to come.

One of the lessons we often forget in municipal governance is that the work of politicians is not solely about the present; it is about securing a prosperous future for the community. Selkirk's example demonstrated the importance of visionary leadership, where elected officials prioritize the long-term well-being of their residents.

In Selkirk, I witnessed firsthand the seamless integration of progress, environmental responsibility, and growth. The city exemplifies how good governance, efficient administration, and thorough planning can converge to create a thriving and sustainable community. It serves as a beacon of hope for all municipalities that wish to embrace a similar approach.

As we continue our cross-country journey, Selkirk, will remain etched in our memories as a shining example of what can be achieved when a community unites in its pursuit of long-term success. The city's commitment to planning for the next 100 years, rather than just the next decade, sets a precedent for other municipalities to follow suit.

If you ever find yourself travelling through the heart of Canada, I strongly urge you to take a detour to Selkirk. Witness firsthand how good governance, responsible administration, and strategic planning can coalesce to build a community that thrives and prospers for generations to come. Selkirk, Manitoba, is not just a place on the map; it is a testament to the power of foresight and the pursuit of a better tomorrow.

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