Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Policy Proposal 36 - Sustainable Infrastructure Investments ( #lib14 #lpc #cdnpoli #NoPickeringAirport )

There are a great number of prioritized policies up for debate at the 2014 Liberal Biennial Convention in Montreal. To go into each one, would need a month's worth of blog posts.

Readers of my blog will know that I have long advocated against the development of a new international airport in the City of Pickering. Unfortunately, the policy proposal I authored to Protect the Pickering Lands and subsequently prioritized by Central Region did not make it to the biennial.

The proposal to build an airport is irresponsible. In the absence of a business case, it represents a dangerously reckless form of governance. The Harper Government's proposal says that building an airport and converting prime farmland into industrial areas will bring jobs and economic prosperity - like many pronouncements from the Conservatives, it lacks facts.

While the Pickering Lands proposal won't be directly debated at the convention, there are alternate policies that touch upon some of the core themes. The biggest is Policy Proposal 36, Sustainable and Transformative Canadian Infrastructure Investment.

I'll be supporting this policy proposal.
Policy Proposal 36 -- Sustainable and Transformative Canadian Infrastructure Investment 
WHEREAS Canada’s economic growth and job creation continue to be well below our potential, and crumbling infrastructure in communities as diverse as the City of Montreal or on First Nations Reserves is an increasingly acute drag on our economic prospects and our environmental sustainability;
  • This plan would invest in projects that have met an integrity test and that have been determined by rigorous and independent expert analysis to contribute to objectives such as robust job creation, world-class public transit systems, increased energy efficiency and sustainable water systems;
  • A Liberal Government would provide a full disclosure of public debt and associated debt charges incurred to fund infrastructure separately from other public debt and associated charges in the accounts of the Government of Canada.

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