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Ottawa announces national transit strategy to improve collaboration

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Ottawa announces national transit strategy to improve collaboration

The trouble is that there is no strategy. Just a recognition that one is needed. So they are going to consult all the usual suspects and see if they can come up with one. The trouble is, before they even start that process one thing is made very clear. There won’t be any more money. So everyone knows going in that they are wasting their time.

[Federal Transport Minister Lawrence] Cannon said the strategy won’t add new funding beyond $33 billion currently earmarked for infrastructure projects.

“This national transit strategy is not about new funding beyond what is already committed, nor is it about federal intrusion,” he said.

“It is about facilitating greater co-ordination and co-operation and collaboration between key funders and stakeholders.”

I will translate that for you – the Conservatives want to find ways to enable private sector investments get even more unusually large profits with little or no risk by forcing transit systems into P3s.

Written by Stephen Rees

June 3, 2007 at 8:48 am