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Policy Briefing: Infrastructure
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised a Canadian Infrastructure Bank in last year's election campaign, but it was nowhere to be seen in this year's budget. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal promise of infrastructure bank absent from budget

Opinion|Denis Calnan
'On one hand that’s a good thing. It shows the government’s committed to really thinking through these issues and not acting in a hurried way,' said Sean Speer from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.
We need appropriate programs that allow the sums invested to reach their intended destination and give provinces, territories, municipalities and First Nations communities the support they need.
The horrible reality is that the 2016 budget delivers a large deficit, but without the kind of investments necessary to stimulate the economy to ensure the national finances are strong enough in seven years to close the deal. It reminds me of the themed protest of the UN climate negotiations in 2013 in Warsaw. Everywhere you looked were buttons and banners proclaiming 'WTF?' Translation 'Where’s the Financing?'
Feature|Denis Calnan
'If infrastructure becomes a buzz word into which you push everything that some interest group wants to spend money on, then it’s very dangerous,' say economics professor James Brander.
Feature|Denis Calnan
Jack Mintz from the University of Calgary suggested linking what various northern communities need up north with major projects being done in other parts of Canada as well.
Little has transpired recently regarding P3s. However, it seems from a note in the budget that the responsibilities for P3 Canada Inc. will soon be transferred to Infrastructure Canada. Does that sound the death knell for P3s? All these questions suggest that at the end of the day, it’s not only 'how much' but it’s also 'how' that matters.
In a wide-ranging interview, federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi reveals new details about the upcoming bilateral agreements with the provinces and territories, his plans for making the Building Canada Fund more transparent, and when he will be introducing a housing strategy.
Feature|Denis Calnan
Many cities are trying to replicate the innovation boom that happened in California's Silicon Valley and, to a certain degree, in Ontario's Kitchener-Waterloo region.

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