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Policy Briefing: Infrastructure: 04-12-2017
Much of the federally-funded construction on everything from roads to social housing will have to wait for years before government money starts flowing. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Delayed spending puts communities at risk

Privatizing public assets will only mean more costs for Canadians.
'We were very deliberate in our plan to make sure we immediately invest resources and then start very comprehensive discussions with our partners to understand how the long-term plan should look like,' says Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi.
I can only applaud the Liberal government’s focus on attacking the infrastructure deficit. But the picture of what it actually plans to do is still incomplete.
The planned infrastructure bank ignores the existence of PPP Inc., a Crown corporation designed to support infrastructure projects.
Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi lays out the structure, governance model, and mandate of the much-discussed bank.
'The concern from the government should be...the last thing we want is to push back the economic benefits further into the future,' says one industry advocate.
'The government is presenting its $100-billion plan as a way to improve long-term growth, but most of what they are proposing doesn’t fall into that description,' says the Fraser Institute's Charles Lammam.
'We didn’t learn a lot new about their federal infrastructure program or the Canada Infrastructure Bank,' a construction industry advocate says about last month's federal budget.
Promising to tackle affordable housing and transportation were positive signs from the federal government.
Locating the bank’s headquarters there would support the federal government’s goal of economic diversification in Western Canada and help ensure the growth of the financial services sector there.

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