POLITICS
09/27/2011 12:48 EDT | Updated 11/27/2011 05:12 EST

Manitoba Liberals promise more foot patrols in Winnipeg neighbourhood

WINNIPEG - Another arson in a Winnipeg neighbourhood was the backdrop for a promise by the Manitoba Liberals to fight for more police foot patrols to help curb crime.

Party leader Jon Gerrard and Fort Rouge candidate Paul Hesse (HESS'-uh) noted that the province pays for Winnipeg's police cadet program.

But they say cadets are rarely seen in the Fort Rouge-River Heights area and regular police don't patrol there on foot.

The Liberals say they'd work with the city to try to change that.

With the provincial election a week away, Gerrard also dismissed suggestions his party is in danger of being wiped out.

He held the only Liberal seat when the election was called, but says he believes the party will do better than some polls suggest.