Last week the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg, agreed to fund part of the project to connect Shoal Lake 40 with the mainland. However, the federal government pledged only to fund a design study for the project. Liberal Candidate Bob Nault says it doesn't make sense.

"It doesn't make any sense. Why would you want to put a million dollars towards a study if you have no intentions on moving to the next level. When you put your million dollars on the table for the study you've agreed that this is what you want to do and you're not just doing the technical structure of what you want to build. So I think it's unfortunate," he said.

Nault adds that it must be frustrating.

"It must be very frustrating. It was a difficult thing to listen to the other day when both Manitoba as a government, and the City of Winnipeg are completely committed, have committed their finacial resources not only to the bridge but the road itself, and the federal government is still not willing to participate in making that decision," he said.

The all-season road would connect the island community of more than 250 on-reserve members with Manitoba at a cost of $30 million. Thursday's announcement was worth about $3 million.

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