by Brian Flinn ACOA Minister Peter MacKay delivered what he called a “compelling” case for federal investment in the Atlantic Gateway yesterday. But it’s unclear what he intends to build.
“The business case shows our ability to take a leading role on the world stage,” MacKay told a business audience in
He promised a “significant portion” of the $2.1 billion the federal Conservative government has earmarked for gateway projects over the next seven years.
The report, which cost taxpayers $200,000, predicts the Gateway will create 61,300 jobs and $3.4 billion in new economic activity by 2025. Airports are important, but most of the growth depends on meeting container projections. Despite dropping container traffic at
Those sunny projections are based on the natural advantages shared by
“I wouldn’t buy into ‘build it, they will come,'” he said. “We built it, they haven’t necessarily come. We should be focusing on trying to get the trend reversed with our existing infrastructure.”
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency business case does not say specifically what Atlantic Gateway infrastructure needs to be funded. But it offers some hints. It talks about road congestion facing container trucks in
MacKay talked about twinning roads, perhaps referring to Highway 104 in his riding. It leads to the proposed container terminal at Melford, Guysborough Co.
“We have yet to determine where all of those strategic investments will be, but clearly we have a pretty good idea,” MacKay told reporters. “That is going to be merit-based and evidence-based.”
The Halifax Port Authority is trying to develop clients in
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by Brian Flinn
ACOA Minister Peter MacKay delivered what he called a “compelling” case for federal investment in the Atlantic Gateway yesterday. But it’s unclear what he intends to build.