May 5, 2003

Federal, New Brunswick governments provide $400 million to twin Trans Canada highway

Fredericton, New Brunswick – Industry Minister and Minister responsible for Infrastructure, Allan Rock, together with Transport Minister David Collenette and Labour Minister and Minister responsible for New Brunswick, Claudette Bradshaw, Premier Bernard Lord, and New Brunswick Transportation Minister Percy Mockler today announced that their respective governments agreed on a joint $400 million commitment to complete the twinning of the Trans-Canada Highway in the province. This follows the announcement made last August by Prime Minister Chrétien and Premier Lord towards this project.

“The $200 million contribution will help complete the twinning of the Trans Canada Highway in New Brunswick in five years,” said Minister Rock. “I am very proud that this agreement here in New Brunswick is the first one to be signed under the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund.”

“The Province of New Brunswick is pleased to provide $200 million to complete the four-lane Trans-Canada Highway in our province,” said Premier Bernard Lord. “By building strategic infrastructure, such as highways, we can improve our competitiveness and bring greater prosperity to our province and to all of Atlantic Canada.”

“I am particularly pleased that this investment from the Government of Canada will help improve trade and tourism throughout New Brunswick and eastern Canada by providing better access to markets in central Canada and the United States,” said Minister Bradshaw.

The Trans-Canada Highway is a vital transportation link for New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada. It is the major highway carrying commercial and passenger traffic from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, to the rest of Canada and to key markets in the United States.

The agreement signed today will allow for the twinning of 130 km of Route 2 between Longs Creek and Pokiok; between Woodstock and Perth-Andover; and between Aroostook and Grand Falls.

Through the $2-billion Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund, the Government of Canada works with provincial, territorial and municipal governments, as well as with the private sector, to meet strategic infrastructure needs throughout the country.

In the Speech from the Throne of September 30, 2002, the Government of Canada committed to an additional 10-year involvement in public infrastructure. Its Budget 2003 reaffirmed this long-term commitment and provided an additional $3 billion for strategic and municipal infrastructure. In combination with the $5.25 billion in infrastructure programs announced in Budget 2000 and 2001, this brings the Government of Canada’s recent investment in the nation’s infrastructure to over $8 billion.

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