Stealth Expropriation

Blog, Les Routledge (historic), Local Government, Property Rights, Rural, Uncategorized

Manitoba farmers operating along the Assiniboine River near the Saskatchewan border say the province failed to protect their interests in a recent water deal with its western neighbour. see article

Farmers negatively affected by the operation of flood control systems designed to protect urban development need to be compensated for the lost value of their land due to flooding. The situation is not isolated to producers in the upper Assiniboine river.  Land owners upstream of the floodway gates and farmers around Lake Manitoba are also affected by flood control structures and suffer economic losses.

The Government should move immediately to establish a permanent compensation fund that pays for losses incurred by flooding in those areas and provides the landowners with an adequate return on their invested capital in land and other assets that are degraded by government actions.