NDP welcomes business leaders’ support for infrastructure funding
February 7th, 2013 - 3:51pm
Federal commitment needed in spring budget
NDP Transport and Infrastructure critic Olivia Chow (Trinity-Spadina) is standing with Canada’s business community and municipalities in demanding a federal long-term, predictable and non-partisan infrastructure funding program.
“Canada’s communities need a 20 year infrastructure plan not just a 2 year funding cycle,” said Chow. “Cities can only invest in fast, reliable, accessible transit and fix crumbling bridges with a long-term federal plan.”
Chow is calling for a program that sets clear targets, grows with the economy and the population and encourages partnerships and innovation. With questions in the House of Commons, a motion to fix infrastructure and a private member’s bill calling for a National Transit Strategy, Chow and the NDP have relentlessly pursued this vital cause. Last week, Chow sent a letter to municipal leaders across the country supporting their requests to the federal government.
“The NDP has had a long partnership with Canada’s cities for a long-term infrastructure plan. I’m pleased that the business community has joined this important cause,” said deputy Transport and Infrastructure critic Robert Aubin (Trois-Rivières).