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Policy Briefing: Infrastructure
Bill C-69, introduced by Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, pictured right with Employment Minister Patty Hadju, is about more than creating a new impact assessment regime to handle pipelines. It affects all infrastructure projects under federal jurisdiction, writes Sen. Paula Simons. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Public works require public input, but can’t be hamstrung by it

In my experience, there is almost no kind of infrastructure, from bike lanes to pipelines, that someone somewhere won’t oppose.
News|Neil Moss
Critics point to the Canadian Infrastructure Bank providing a loan for a Montreal transportation project, which was originally highlighted as a potential investment opportunity.
The rollout of funds and production of units has some housing specialists concerned.
The impact of the government’s infrastructure investments is real and can be seen every day in improvements to public transit, roads, and water and wastewater systems across the country.
News|Neil Moss
In a wide-ranging interview, Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne talks about the Liberals' $190-billion infrastructure plan, investment in Canada's North, and the SNC-Lavalin affair.
They spent $111-million less in the past two fiscal years than they would have in the absence of the federal program, says a new report from the parliamentary budget officer.
The assumption that green infrastructure will be accepted by communities by virtue of being good for the climate may fast be put to the test.
So why don’t we better maintain it and plan for future needs?
Opinion|Roger Francis
Rather than a fixed view of the cost of concrete and asphalt, reimagining infrastructure as a service and focusing on the outcomes achieved may help determine where best to focus investment.
Opinion|Jonathan Cote
We need the federal government to stay on board by making a long-term commitment to the transportation infrastructure the Vancouver region needs.
Liberal parliamentary secretary Adam Vaughan says most of the remaining agreements are on the cusp of an announcement.
Investing in infrastructure is a good idea. But by establishing several targeted programs, each with its own strict criteria, Ottawa has caused more harm than good.

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