Highlights federal action and investments to maintain safety and enhance
economic growth, job creation and productivity for municipalities and
cities across Canada
NIAGARA FALLS, ON, May 31, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt,
Minister of Transport, today addressed the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities (FCM) about aspects of transportation and infrastructure
that are important across Canada and to the Canadian economy.
Minister Raitt emphasized the importance of modern, reliable
infrastructure to maintain a safe, secure, efficient and
environmentally responsible transportation system. Minister Raitt also
discussed the measures that the Government of Canada has taken to
address rail safety and the transportation of dangerous goods across
the country. Also highlighted were the recent investments under the
Grade Crossing Improvement Program to upgrade and improve crossings
Minister Raitt also put the spotlight on the New Building Canada Plan,
the largest and longest federal infrastructure plan in our nation's
history, which will see the Government of Canada invest $53 billion in
infrastructure across the country over the next 10 years. The
Government of Canada understands the positive impact that quality
infrastructure has on economic growth, job creation and long term
prosperity. That is why federal investment in infrastructure has
increased dramatically since 2006, and is at an all-time high.
Following her remarks, Minister Raitt met with the FCM Rail Safety
Working Group as well as with representatives from the organization's
Board of Directors, including its President, Claude Dauphin.
"Transportation is an essential part of the Canadian economy and safety
is paramount for all transportation modes. Our government continues to
work closely with provinces, territories, municipalities and industry
to maintain and improve the safety and security of Canada's
"World-class infrastructure is the backbone of our country's economic
productivity. That is why our government is committed to investing in
Canada's infrastructure through the New Building Canada Plan to reduce
commuting times for families, enhance economic competitiveness,
encourage job creation and strengthen trade corridors."
The Honourable Lisa Raitt,
Minister of Transport
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Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
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