July 24th, 2015

Mulcair outlines plan to invest in Ontario municipalities

Today, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair brought his Ontario Tour for Change to London. Standing in front of the Blackfriars Bridge, – closed to traffic since 2013 when it was ruled unsafe – Mulcair outlined his plan to partner with municipalities and provide long-term sustainable infrastructure funding to create jobs and build stronger communities.

“Under the Conservatives, the infrastructure deficit in cities and small towns across the country has been allowed to grow to a staggering $172 billion,” said Mulcair. “Stephen Harper’s plan just isn’t working. Canadian roads and bridges are crumbling, buses and trains are overflowing and, in many communities, water infrastructure is in desperate need of major repair.”

Mulcair’s plan will start to close the infrastructure funding gap by transferring an additional cent of the existing gas tax to municipalities. The NDP will also implement Tom Mulcair’s Better Transit Plan. Working alongside the provinces and territories, this 20-year plan calls for $1.3 billion to be invested into transit annually and will create more than 31,000 middle-class jobs in construction, manufacturing and transit.

“After 10 years of Stephen Harper, middle-class families can’t afford more Conservative inaction,” said Mulcair. “It’s time for change. Our plan to partner with communities and invest in infrastructure will create good well-paying job opportunities and help grow our economy in cities and towns across the country.”