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Collenette hints at infrastructure cash

TORONTO, Ont. - There must be an election in the air. In a speech to the Canadian Transportation Equipment Association's annual convention last month, federal Transport Minister David Collenette hinte...


TORONTO, Ont. – There must be an election in the air. In a speech to the Canadian Transportation Equipment Association’s annual convention last month, federal Transport Minister David Collenette hinted that Liberals would invest more cash into the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

The six-year, $600-million investment promised in the 2000 budget isn’t enough, he admitted, noting that improvements are needed across the country. “We have to upgrade the national highway system … We need to spend $17 billion.”

Canadian trucks are cutting through the U.S. en route to U.S. destinations, he said. And as important as he sees cross-border trade, “we still do a whack of load transfers from one part of the country to another.

“If the road system is not kept up to par, we will only suffer a competitive disadvantage,” Collenette said. n


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