Energeticcity.ca/Moose FM asked the candidates running in Peace River North the same eight questions. A copy of each question and response has been posted at www.energeticcity.ca/election. Each day from now until the election, we will post one question a day and the response sent by each candidate.
Today’s question is how will you advocate for the Taylor bridge to be replaced? When would you like to see it replaced?
Only B.C. Liberal candidate Dan Davies and B.C. Conservative Party leader Trevor Bolin have responded to our questions.
Election Day is Saturday, October 24. Get out and vote. To find where to vote, visit www.elections.bc.ca
Question: How will you advocate for the Taylor bridge to be replaced? When would you like to see it replaced?
The Taylor bridge needs to be replaced, we all know that, and It would be my job to ensure the Provincial Government knows that as well. We need a confirmed timeline for this project and confirmed funding budgeted to ensure this project gets done no matter what Government is in power. Beyond the Taylor bridge, let’s also talk about the Montney Hill, Cecil Lake Hill, highway between Dawson Creek and Fort St John, Fort St John and Fort Nelson. Our Energy, agriculture and tourism industries bring in billions of dollars and thousands of jobs annually. The Province was built and continues to be built on these industries and our infrastructure is falling out from beneath us, ignored by a Government who has forgotten us.
First – the Taylor bridge must be replaced – it is at its end of life. I have been advocating for the replacement since getting elected. I have met with the minister on multiple occasions, as well as brought it up at every budget debate in the last three years. I was happy to hear, with our advocaly, that the government has moved into public consultations and early stages of planning for this project. The next steps are getting it onto the provincial capital plan and speaking with the federal government about cost sharing. My colleague, Mike Bernier and I have committed to seeing this project through to replacement. As a major piece of highway infrastructure for residents, industry and commerce, this is a priority.
Learn more about both candidates in Peace River North by visiting www.energeticcity.ca/election.
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