REGINA, Sask. — After hearing about Canada’s joint funding of the twinning of the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) through New Brunswick, Saskatchewan is pressuring Ottawa for a similar deal.
It is expected to be announced today that the feds will shell out half the money required to finish twinning the TCH through New Brunswick, with the province kicking in the other half. According to Glenn Hagel, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Social Services, it’s only fair of the feds make a similar commitment in Saskatchewan.
"We choose to be optimistic that what the federal government has done is signaled to Canada that it’s interested in truly partnering with provinces to develop a national transportation system," Hagel tells local media.
In Saskatchewan there are about 240 kilometres remaining to be twinned, while 140 kilometres are left to be twinned in New Brunswick.
Earlier this month Prime Minister Jean Chretien was urged to twin the entire TCH to form his own legacy. While little has been said about the coast-to-coast twinning of the national highway system since then, it appears he may be quietly pursuing that goal one province at a time.
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