Mulcair Announces Infrastructure Plan For Jobs And Growth

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.

NDP plan will create jobs, reduce commute times and get Edmonton moving

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair committed to helping Edmonton with needed investments to infrastructure and transit aimed at reducing congestion. With thousands of fewer vehicles on the road, the NDP plan will support business needs, improve productivity and keep the city moving.

“Stephen Harper’s lost decade has left cities with a vision for transit, like Edmonton, with inadequate funding and complicated red-tape that delays progress and holds municipalities back,” said Mulcair. “The NDP’s plan will provide Edmonton with significant stable and predictable federal infrastructure funding to support its long-term transit needs.”

The NDP will:

  1. Launch its Better Transit Plan to reduce gridlock and commute times across Canada by investing $1.3 billion per year over 20 years to support municipal needs.
  2. Increase direct transfers to municipalities to build and repair roads, bridges and transit with an additional $1.5 billion annually by the end of the NDP’s first mandate.
  3. Work with, not against, provinces and territories to ensure effective investments while rigorously respecting their jurisdiction.

By year four, the NDP’s plan will create 54,000 construction, manufacturing and transit operations jobs across the country and add $4.5 billion to Canada’s GDP annually.

“Our plan will let Edmonton implement its entire light rail transit plan by investing an estimated $2 billion in new funding in the Edmonton Capital Region over the next 20-years,” said Mulcair. “Unlike Justin Trudeau’s reckless promise of years of deficits, the NDP’s commitment increases investment sustainably each year to grow the economy while balancing the budget.”

4 candidates confirm participation in community-organized ‘All Candidates Meeting’ for Fredericton South, Sept. 4th.

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 An All-Candidates Meeting for the candidates and citizens of Fredericton South, Riding 40, will be held this Thursday, Sept. 4th, 7:00PM at the Christ Church Cathedral Memorial Hall, 168 Church Street, Fredericton.

Citizen engagement is the key to these meetings, where the citizens in the audience ask the questions. The public meetings provide constituents with an opportunity to publicly ask questions of their MLA candidates on issues which concern them. This meeting will be citizen-led and non-partisan.

There are 4 candidates who have confirmed they will participate in the Q&A meeting: Courtney Mills (Independent); David Coon (Green); Kelly Lamrock (NDP); and Roy Wiggins (Liberal). To date, there has been no reply from Craig Leonard (PC) who was formally invited on April 30, 2014.

Advertised as a “Meet the Candidates Q&A – A Town Hall Meeting”, this meeting is conducted as a very welcoming and informative question-and-answer session; the meeting is not meant to be a debate between candidates. Here is the simple outline of the meeting:

• At the start of the meeting each candidate will have 3 minutes to introduce himself/herself to the audience;

• Following these introductions, the main portion of the meeting will give an opportunity for constituents to ask questions directly from the floor;

• After each question, each candidate will have 2 minutes to respond; and

• At the end of the meeting, each candidate will have 2 minutes to address the public with closing remarks.

Other All-Candidates Meetings are being organized by individuals and organizations in other communities, including Fredericton North, Moncton, Rexton, Sackville, and Saint John.