Over $12 billion has been pledged over the next 2 years for infrastructure in Canada.
Now, how much of that infrastructure money will be coming to this region? Prince George Peace River MP Jay Hill says there’s still cash to come from last year. [asset|aid=856|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b8e3b0c82ff56678e41a5df701b7ddf2-Jay-budget-1_1_Pub.mp3]
Now, there has been some concern that Federal money will only be made available to Municipalities prepared to match funding. [asset|aid=857|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b8e3b0c82ff56678e41a5df701b7ddf2-Jay-budget-2_1_Pub.mp3]
Hill says a few of the projects will be entirely funded by the feds. Mr. Hill also believes that Municipalities will have to make difficult choices, just like the Federal government, in order to come up with the matching funds. [asset|aid=858|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b8e3b0c82ff56678e41a5df701b7ddf2-Jay – 3_1_Pub.mp3]
Of course, all of this is contingent on the budget actually passing. The NDP and Bloc have renewed their pledges to vote against it, while Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff has scheduled a press conference for 11am Eastern time tomorrow, to announce his party’s intention.