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Manitoba municipal leaders ask premier about refugees, cell service and more

BRANDON, Man. — Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger promised better cellphone service as well as aid for refugees as he faced questions from municipal leaders today.

Selinger told the Association of Manitoba Municipalities he is working to fill dead zones for cellular phone service in southeast Manitoba and elsewhere.

He said his aim is to have Manitoba Hydro share some of the new towers it is building for transmission lines, and pointed out new Hydro CEO Kelvin Shepherd used to be head of Manitoba Telecom Services.

Municipal leaders also asked Selinger about the province's plan to accept Syrian refugees.

The premier said plans are far from finalized, but most of the initial wave will be privately sponsored refugees with some supports already in place.

Selinger said he has also asked the federal government about money for rental housing and other logistics.

The Canadian Press

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