‘Tis the season to repackage. Fa la la la la, la la la la. Senior federal and provincial politicians gathered in Antigonish last week to announce a goodie bag of loot from
The package includes $235.68 million from the Canada Fund announced in last federal budget for such things as transit, water and wastewater facilities, green energy projects and high-speed Internet. Some $37 million of that is earmarked for small projects in communities outside of Metro Halifax, though the bulk, more than $198 million, is for large projects such as further twinning of the
Premier Rodney MacDonald promises that “every municipal unit on
If infrastructure plans, particularly on highways, are really as fluid as the premier suggests,
The eye-popping cost of highway twinning — $6.25 million per kilometre, to judge by an Antigonish project announced last week — should lead any reasonable person to wonder whether the Trans-Canada will ever be twinned across Cape Breton, and indeed whether that would be the best way to spend the horrendous sums required. The rebuilt sections of Highway 4 are a big improvement, and the retained twists and turns along the
But much of the benefit of this work is lost on motorists because of the numerous bad sections that remain. It doesn’t matter whether Highway 4 qualifies under the new funding announcement; every federal dollar spent on a highway in
Fitzgerald called on the province to finish Highway 4 reconstruction in the next five years, by 2012.