The Pallister government confirms it cancelled plans to pave a rutted, gravel road into Nelson House First Nation in northern Manitoba, where three boys were allegedly struck and killed by a motorist April 28.
It also extended condolences to the community.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families touched by this tragic accident that occurred on Highway 620,” said a spokesperson for Manitoba Infrastructure Monday.
“We do hope that those who have committed this (alleged) act are brought to justice.”
A 27-year-old man from the community is accused of impaired driving and related offences in connection with the fatal crash.
Nelson House Chief Marcel Moody told APTN News the Tory government “reprioritized” the $5-million asphalting project when it came to power in 2016.
“We actually had a commitment from the (former) NDP (government) to get that done,” Moody said.
He called it a “dangerous road” without any lighting.
The government spokesman said the department was in the process of revising its five-year program and would review the Nelson House project.