September 28, 2016 (Ottawa) – On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, the Official Opposition Critic for Infrastructure, MP Dianne Watts, released a concerning update on the Liberal government’s Phase 1 Infrastructure Plan that was outlined in the 2016 federal budget.
As of today, the Liberals have yet to allocate approximately $62.5 million for projects in Saskatchewan, and no projects have been started as the agreement was only signed two weeks ago. The projects that have received approval are all located in Regina and Saskatoon with nothing indicated for rural Saskatchewan.
“This is troubling for my constituency,” said Dr. Robert Kitchen, MP for Souris – Moose Mountain. “I have many small communities in my riding that are in dire need of funding to upgrade their water treatment and wastewater facilities. “
“Additionally, with the downturn in the economy, job creation is a key issue in my riding. These infrastructure projects provide a great opportunity to create jobs, especially for those who have been affected by the downturn in the oil and gas industry, and yet the Liberals are dragging their feet on this. It seems that the Liberals have forgotten about rural Western Canada yet again.”
– 30 –