November 30, 2011

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ACEC Applauds the Federal Government's Action on Creating a Long-Term Infrastructure Plan

 

Pictured from right: Susie Grynol, Vice President, Policy and Public Affairs with the ACEC; Mr. Pierre Poilievre, MP; The Hon. Denis Lebel, Minister Infrastructure; Mr. Steve Desroches, Deputy Mayor of Ottawa; and Berry Vrbanovic, President of FCM.

ACEC's Parliament Hill Day, held just several weeks ago on November 1st, 2011, delivered a strong message about the need to start planning immediately for a long-term infrastructure program that will replace the Building Canada Fund in 2014. Today, ACEC was pleased to learn that the Government of Canada will commence the planning process in a three phased approach.

The plan put forward by Minister Lebel is consistent with ACEC's recent position paper on long-term infrastructure investment. ACEC's recommendations have received support from MPs on all sides of the house and from other stakeholders. The initial steps announced today will take stock of what the government and its partners have accomplished to date; identify knowledge gaps and priorities to be addressed; and discuss with partners and stakeholders the broad principles and orientation of a long-term plan.

"We believe that infrastructure is an investment - not an expense. The approach put forward by the government today will provide a strong foundation for a long-term plan that can build upon the success of the Building Canada Fund," stated ACEC president John Gamble, P.Eng. "Through proper preparation and a strategic approach to infrastructure planning, Canadians will receive the best return on that investment.”

ACEC looks forward to engaging in this process and participating in the important discussions that will shape a long-term plan to meet the future infrastructure needs of Canadians.

To view the ACEC Position Paper – The Benefits of Infrastructure Investment visit: www.acec.ca.

A press release has been circulated in support this important announcement. For a copy of the press release, click here.

 

For more information, please contact:
Nadine Boudreau, Communications Coordinator
nboudreau@acec.ca
(613) 236-0569

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