The previous government ignored Alberta and its need for infrastructure projects – and we are just now working towards reinvesting in Albertans. One of the main reasons why I ran in 2015 was because of this issue. Calgarians needed to have a voice at the table and in the last two years I have been proud to be that voice, and to report to you that we now have a true partner in Ottawa.
Here are the numbers of Infrastructure Canada projects that the Government of Canada is investing in, year by year, here in Alberta:
Since forming government: 127
One example of such a project is the Calgary Green Line LRT, which will add 40 kilometres of track to the existing 59 kilometre LRT system, connecting communities between Keystone and Seton to the downtown core. Once fully built, it is estimated that between 90,000 and 140,000 trips will be made on this line every day. It will add a LRT line from downtown Calgary down into the southeast corner of our city. We are also making ambitious investments in public transit projects that will shorten commutes, decrease air pollution, and allow Canadians to spend more time with their families.
Compared to the rest of the country, here is the percentage of Infrastructure Canada funding committed to Alberta, year by year, out of the entirety of its budget:
2015-2016 (Trudeau): 19.57%
You can find the full list of investments (all the way back to 2002) made by the Government of Canada online at the link below. In 2015-2016 these range from investments in critical infrastructure, like flood mitigation, and public transit – such as the Green Line LRT, which will connect Calgary Centre with the northern and southeastern parts of the city.
The previous government ignored Alberta, barring announced investments immediately before an election. This is why I ran in 2015 and why I am proud to be a cabinet minister in this government – as Calgary and Alberta can finally get the needed investment in our infrastructure that has long been lacking; and not just before an election.
There are substantial issues that we face as a country, a province, and a city. One of them is our crumbling infrastructure and the lacking investment in it. And our commitment to Calgarians is clear. It was on the Bow and Elbow that our Prime Minister vowed to invest in flood mitigation and climate resilient infrastructure, and it’s in Calgary that we are following through with these critical investments that will safeguard our communities.
Our 2015 platform was built for Alberta – by immediately working to ease EI rules for those hit by the commodity downturn, investing in carbon pricing to create a consensus to approve (and to soon build) two pipelines to foreign markets, and by working with international partners to open up new markets. I take my role as the cabinet minister from Calgary seriously and work every day to make sure that we can continue to build this city.
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