Saturday, June 18, 2016
Open Letter from Filomena Tassi, MP Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas
I am proud to be a Hamilton Member of Parliament and proudly supportive of our government’s plan to invest $120 billion in infrastructure over the next 10 years. This targets investments in public transit and green and social infrastructure.
It will create good jobs, make our communities better places to live, and it will grow the middle class.
As the Prime Minister stated in his speech to representatives of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) earlier this month, this is “a plan that adjusts to each and every community. It is a plan that gives communities themselves the power to make crucial decisions.”
We are focused on giving municipal governments and local stakeholders decision making powers because, as he stated to the FCM, “you know what your communities need. We can’t tell you whether you need light rail or subways, better bridges or climate resilient infrastructure. That’s your job as municipal leaders – to tell us what you need, and how the federal government can help.”
So what role will the federal government play? We will set objectives for investment.
Those objectives include supporting projects that will revitalize and grow our economy, protect our communities from the very real impacts of climate change and support the social integration and inclusion of everyone in our communities.
Whether it be the discussion on the plans for the LRT here in Hamilton or any other ambitious project for green and social infrastructure, I have full confidence in our local leaders – be they elected or simply passionately engaged as citizens – to move the dialogue forward with all three levels of government and provide Hamilton with the best decisions for future planning.
I am very proud to say that I support Hamilton City Council’s several successful resolutions that choose LRT as a way forward for improved transit infrastructure in our great and thriving city.
Member of Parliament, Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas