July 24, 2015
Mulcair outlines plan to invest in Ontario municipalities
Today, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair brought his Ontario Tour for Change to Waterloo and outlined his plan to partner with municipalities and provide long-term sustainable infrastructure funding to create jobs and build stronger communities.
“Under Stephen Harper, 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 isn’t working. To ensure cities like Waterloo thrive and are affordable, the federal government must become a partner in infrastructure and transit.”
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.
“Roads and bridges are crumbling, buses and trains are overflowing, water infrastructure is in need of repair and, in just the last six months, more than 18,200 people in the region have lost their jobs. Waterloo 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 the economy in Waterloo and cities and towns across the country.”