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Pierre Elliott Trudeau, who later became our prime minister, and Robert Stanfield, Conservative leader, visited Portage la Prairie during 1968.

We should tell you here about the oversized ditch that has already cut a swath through the Delta Marshes and is now being opened up rapidly toward the Assiniboine River.

Government engineers call it the Portage Diversion. To Portage la Prairie residents, who have at times fought against it with vigour, it represents many things, including the gobbling up of many acres of good farmland. Yet to residents along the Assiniboine between Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg it represents the final step in a flood control program that will make their homes safe even during the highest floodwaters.

Now estimated to cost $16.7 million, the project includes a $5.6 million inlet structure and dam three miles west of Portage la Prairie.

While we know we have one of the most beautiful little cities (and even maybe the Most beautiful), we are also aware of the fact, that for some unknown reason, we have not, so far, been able to gain 'designated status', which is very important to us. Lack of designation is seriously deterring the industrial commercial develop­ ment of our city and area.

A brief presented to the Hon. C. M. Drury, Minister of Industry, federal government, shouted the situation loud and clear. Mayor Lin­ den of Portage la Prairie and the City Council pointed out that 16 major designated areas had per capita incomes higher than Portage Ia Prairie. A study of 88 cities across Canada revealed that Portage was the lowest in per capita income.

A little revenue might be added to the city coffers by inviting a few to a "NO HAT" picnic at our beautiful Island Park during the woodpecker season!

To add to your interest in this book and a fuller appreciation of the history of our fair city, we will now give you - Historical Facts About Various Subjects.

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