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Policy Briefing: Infrastructure

It’s time to invest in infrastructure

Last year, the Conservatives slashed infrastructure funding by nearly 90 per cent. This political decision, made by the Conservatives in an attempt to balance the budget for the next election, will do nothing to generate economic growth or help middle-class families.
The interest in doing so comes after the Quebec government announced a partnership with public pension fund Caisse de depot et placement du Québec.
Some experts say the method of paying for P3 infrastructure is not one-size-fits-all, and many lessons on best practices are still to be learned.
Mega-project spending is on the rise, but critics say the country is playing catch-up and has led to Canada being less competitive economically.
This year the government plans to spend $142-million of the new $14-billion Building Canada Fund.
Both the federal Liberals and NDP are open to a national infrastructure strategy.
Last year, the Conservatives slashed infrastructure funding by nearly 90 per cent. This political decision, made by the Conservatives in an attempt to balance the budget for the next election, will do nothing to generate economic growth or help middle-class families.
Opinion
The Harper government’s commitment to infrastructure represents $75-billion over the next decade. No other federal government has made these levels of investment.
Peter Braid, Parliamentary secretary for Infrastructure and Communities, talks about the government’s new Building Canada Plan, the provinces and municipalities’ infrastructure deficit, P3 initiatives, and where the money for the government’s $5.8-billion federal infrastructure promises is coming from.

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