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Maple Leaf Foods: Gary Filmon

Brandon School Division Dept: It began in the late 1990s when plans were being made for Maple Leaf Foods to construct a new pork processing facility in Brandon. Concerns were raised about the impact the plant might have, among them was the fear the Brandon School Division finances could be adversely impacted, according to Winnipeg Free Press. "I was there when the promises were made," Brandon West Conservative MLA Reg Helwer says. "People were concerned about any additional costs the school division would face because of Maple Leaf. Both Filmon and Doer promised that the province would cover those costs." BRANDON -- This is a story of a broken promise that is costing Brandon millions. In response, both then-premier Gary Filmon and future premier Gary Doer promised the government of Manitoba would protect the school division from any adverse financial impacts resulting from Maple Leaf locating in Brandon. ( As reported in the news.