Opposition proposes Prince Edward Island Infrastructure Summit

CHARLOTTETOWN –  The Official Opposition is proposing that the province hold an Infrastructure Summit to identify key priorities in advance of new federal infrastructure spending being committed.

“With the new federal government planning to increase infrastructure spending it’s important that we make the most of that opportunity here for Prince Edward Island. That’s why we think that holding an Infrastructure Summit would help bring communities, trade and environmental groups together to develop a focused plan,” said Opposition Leader Jamie Fox.

The Official Opposition has tabled a motion, moved by Rustico-Emerald MLA Brad Trivers and Belfast-Murray River MLA Darlene Compton, proposing that the province convene an Infrastructure Summit at the earliest opportunity to ensure that Prince Edward Island has a solid plan to get the most long-term economic and environmental benefit from any additional infrastructure spending.

“Holding an Infrastructure Summit would be a proactive approach to planning that is open, transparent and collaborative,” said Rustico-Emerald MLA and Opposition Environment Critic Brad Trivers. ”We think this Summit would help focus attention on projects that could have long-lasting environmental and economic benefit.”

The Opposition feels that the fact that details of the new federal infrastructure funding have yet to be confirmed is actually an advantage for the province.

“If we move now to hold an Infrastructure Summit before the federal funding comes online it gives us all a chance to take a prudent approach that is fiscally and environmentally sustainable to get the best bang for the buck,” said Belfast-Murray River MLA and Opposition Finance Critic Darlene Compton.

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