Extending Morgan to the 40

Andrew Belcher – candidate for Seat 6 in the forthcoming election – has offered the following comments:

I believe the Town of Baie D’Urfé should be applying for a grant to extend Morgan to Hy 40 – the survey (see Gazette article below) has to be filed by the end of November.

During question period at the special town council meeting August 31 I asked if they would completing this survey in order to receive funding to extend Morgan to the 40 due to the Train de l’Ouest.

The Answer I received was – “the  town is diligent in applying for grants as they are announced”. This not an acceptable answer as The Survey”s looking for projects like extending Morgan

** If you have “Press Reader” on your computer, the Gazette article can also be read at https://www.pressreader.com/canada/montreal-gazette/20170828/281827168898028

StatCan launches roads census

Liberals have set infrastructure spending goals

OTTAWA • A major effort is underway to collect the most detailed data yet on the state of the country’s roads, bridges, water pipes and transit systems.

Statistics Canada quietly launched a national survey late last month to get an unprecedented level of granular detail on the state of infrastructure at the provincial and municipal level.

Urban and rural municipalities will have until November to respond to the questionnaire, and Statistics Canada officials say they expect to have the first results ready by next summer.

Collecting the information is imperative for the Liberal government’s economic agenda.

It wants to ensure that $186.7 billion in planned federal infrastructure spending over the next 12 years targets large projects that drive growth regionally or nationally and not smaller, local projects with no widespread impact.

Statistics Canada plans to use the data from the survey, and expand the national information it currently collects about infrastructure value and spending to determine the effects on the economy, productivity and jobs and the government’s fiscal outlook.

The Liberals have set a series of goals for the spending, including boosting economic growth, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, making it easier to get around in Canada’s busiest cities, and reducing homelessness.

Pages of briefing notes and presentations obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act lay out how these efforts have taken shape in the last year.

A briefing note for Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi for a Feb. 14 meeting says that achieving federal goals will depend on provinces, territories and cities putting forward projects for funding that meet the stated goals. The meeting was with Michael Barber, the “deliverology” expert hired to help the Liberals on their promise for evidence-based policy making.

Cities, provinces and territories own about 95 per cent of the public infrastructure in Canada and account for about 90 per cent of all public infrastructure spending in Canada. The Liberals have vowed to give as much flexibility to cities and provinces in how they use federal funds, causing a point of friction between national interests and local demands.

“Infrastructure is not an area of ‘shared’ jurisdiction like immigration; in this case, the government can influence by using its convening power and by enforcing its authority through program requirements,” the briefing note says.

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