MONTREAL, 1 Oct. 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, was in Montreal today at the Transportation Association of Canada's (TAC) annual conference where she marked its 100th anniversary and spoke to delegates about the important role transportation plays in supporting trade and economic growth.
The Minister detailed the Government of Canada's commitment to the safety and security of Canada's transportation system and discussed the measures that the Harper government has taken to address rail safety. She also spoke about the government's statutory review of the Canada Transportation Act, which is aimed at ensuring that the legislation supports a modern, efficient and competitive transportation sector that is able to respond to future demands.
Minister Raitt emphasized the importance of modern, reliable infrastructure to maintain a safe, secure, efficient and environmentally responsible transportation system and international trade network. She highlighted recent investments in Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor as well as new bridges to be built in Montreal and Windsor-Detroit. She also put the spotlight on the New Building Canada Plan, which will see the Government of Canada invest $53 billion in infrastructure across the country over the next 10 years, the largest and longest federal infrastructure plan in our nation's history.
- The Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) is a not-for-profit, membership-based association that provides a forum to exchange ideas and information on technical guidelines and best practices related to the Canadian transportation and roadways sectors. TAC promotes the importance of transportation to Canada's economic well-being, as well as safe, secure, efficient and environmentally and financially sustainable transportation services.
- 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of TAC.
"I am pleased to be here in Montreal to congratulate the Transportation Association of Canada on their 100th anniversary. Our government understands the important role that transportation plays in creating jobs, promoting economic growth and supporting Canadian families and communities. Our government will continue to work closely with the Association and its partners to ensure our transportation system remains, safe, secure and efficient."
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
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SOURCE: Transport Canada
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