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Infrastructure should be kept in public hands to best serve the public’s needs

By NDP MP Brigitte Sansoucy      

Our bridges, roads and airports should not be seen as an opportunity to generate profit from taxpayers for Liberal corporate interests.

Canada's Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Frechette, pictured at House committee meeting on the Hill, released an analysis following this year’s budget that indicates the lack of a proper plan to invest $186-billion in infrastructure. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

As a former city councillor, I can speak to the importance of public infrastructure for our communities. I know first-hand that for municipalities of all sizes across the country, the need for more and better infrastructure is growing. The billions of dollars that have been promised for local infrastructure projects are necessary, but it will take a clear and precise plan to achieve success. The parliamentary budget officer released an analysis following this year’s budget that indicates the lack of a proper plan to invest $186-billion in infrastructure. In fact, the latest PBO report shows us that much of the funding planned for phase 1 remains to be attributed to projects. Even the minister admitted he had to give the PBO a better and more accurate overview of the spending, Canadians expect nothing less.

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