Parliament Hill Day 2013
On October 22, 2013, ACEC’s Parliament Hill Day brought representatives of the consulting engineering sector to Ottawa from across Canada for meetings with over 65 Members of Parliament.
Earlier this year, the federal government committed to creating a long-term infrastructure plan. This was announced in the 2013 Budget and confirmed in the Speech from the Throne on October 16, 2013. ACEC applauds this commitment and is prepared to work with the government and other stakeholders to ensure that the plan is effective, efficient and provides value to taxpayers.
To this end, ACEC brought these key messages to Parliamentarians during its Hill Day:
- ACEC applauds the government’s commitment to a ten-year infrastructure program
- This predictable, long-term infrastructure investment plan will allow all levels of government, public agencies and private firms to develop and allocate resources to plan, finance, design, construct and operate infrastructure projects.
- Planning needs to start now
- The new Building Canada Plan needs to be “open for business” as soon as possible so that the planning and application process can begin now – in time for new investments to begin in April 2014.
ACEC also believes that there is an enormous economic opportunity if we can access Canada’s natural resources and transport these resources to market. Encouraging investments in northern infrastructure (transportation, communications, power generation and transmission) will allow Canada’s resource sector to create skilled jobs and expertise both locally and across Canada.
To this end, ACEC let Parliamentarians know:
- ACEC is collaborating with the Mining Association of Canada, Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada and NWT Chamber of Mines to study the challenges of doing business in the North and identifying strategies to encourage more private investment.
- ACEC and its partners will be sharing the results of the study with the government early next year and working with stakeholders to encourage investment in Canada's North.
ACEC’s messages were well received on both sides of the House of Commons and MPs have sent letters to the Minister of Infrastructure and the Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency in support of ACEC’s position.
On Parliament Hill Day, during Question Period, Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo rose to recognize consulting engineers' outstanding achievements, the critical role engineers have in ensuring public safety and improving our quality of life, and the government's commitment to a 10-year infrastructure plan.