May 10, 2019
EDMONTON, AB – MP Matt Jeneroux, the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Communities and Urban Affairs, releases the below statement following the visit of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Edmonton:
“Today, the Prime Minister was in Edmonton to announce a gas tax funding top-up for the city. This one-time allotment is happening only because the Liberals bungled their infrastructure plan so badly that they had no choice but to refill municipal coffers in an election year.
“The following three projects have been announced for Edmonton since the Liberals took office in 2015, but there has not yet been a transfer in federal public accounts to complete the projects:
· Edmonton Public Library, announced in 2018 ($2,000,000)
· Fort Edmonton Park expansion, announced in 2017 ($47,294,500)
· Heritage Valley Transit Centre and Park & Ride, announced in 2016 ($14,994,000)
“The Parliamentary Budget Officer has repeatedly found the Liberals are failing to execute their infrastructure promises to Canadian municipalities. As we’ve seen in Edmonton, the politicians show up for the photo ops, but no money actually flows to the city for the projects. The Liberals’ $188-billion infrastructure plan is another example of how this government is all talk and no action.”