MONTREAL – NDP Infrastructure and Community critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga) had this to say on Minister Lebel’s announcement regarding funding for the Port of Montreal. “This investment is much appreciated, but it falls hundreds of millions short of what is required to update Montreal’s crumbling infrastructure.”

Of course, the NDP was pleased with the important announcement. “It was time that the government recognize Montreal as one of North America’s preeminent port cities,” said Boutin-Sweet. “However, we can’t lose sight of the bigger picture, as successive Liberal and Conservative governments have created a $172 billion deficit in infrastructure spending in Canada.”

The NDP is also disappointed that the minister did not take the opportunity to make the investments in the Alexandra Pier and the maritime terminal that the City of Montreal and the Montreal Port Authority have been calling for.

“2017 will mark the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montreal, which of course will coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation and the 50th anniversary of the 1967 World Expo. The federal government should be doing its part to commemorate the city of Montreal,” added Boutin-Sweet.


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