POLITICS
09/20/2011 02:16 EDT | Updated 11/20/2011 05:12 EST

Opponents of hydro line route rally at Manitoba legislature

WINNIPEG - More than 100 people braved the pouring rain to protest the Manitoba government's planned route for a new hydro transmission line.

Some of them were landowners along the proposed route for the Bipole Three line which they say will disrupt their lives.

Progressive Conservative Leader Hugh McFadyen (mihk-FAH'-din) told the protesters that the NDP government's route will waste at least $1 billion and he would move the line if he wins the Oct. 4 provincial election.

Manitoba Hydro originally planned to build the route along the east side of Lake Winnipeg to bring power to southern communities.

But the government ordered Hydro to reroute the line to the west, making it hundreds of kilometres longer.

The government says the western route preserves the boreal forest along the east side and avoids potential legal challenges from aboriginal communities.