Judy Foote, MP for Random-Burin-St. George’s, said the Conservative government has finally agreed to extend the deadline for completion of infrastructure projects, as she suggested when the Economic Action Plan was launched last year.
“The Conservative government imposed impossible deadlines on small communities as a condition of the economic stimulus funding. The Parliamentary Budget Officer’s latest report concluded that a quarter of all infrastructure projects will miss the original deadline of March, 2011 forcing the Prime Minister to finally extend the deadline to October 31, 2011,” said Foote.
“Last year I told the government that the rigid timelines were challenging for small communities throughout Canada, communities similar to those in the riding of Random-Burin-St. George’s, where we have a short construction season. The government was slow in approving projects, leaving some communities with just one season to complete them, meaning they would bear the full burden of the project’s cost on their own if it wasn`t completed on time. In provinces like Newfoundland and Labrador two construction seasons are required to complete most projects“, said Foote.
“This is another example of the lack of planning and certainty from this Conservative government. Just last month, the Finance Minister said there would be no extension for communities missing the deadline. Today, the Prime Minister does an about-face and extends the deadline. Every day it gets more and more difficult for Canadians to count on anything this Conservative government says,” said Foote.
“Municipalities should be able to count on the federal government to be responsible and reasonable in funding partnerships. Instead, the Harper Conservatives keep changing the rules,” said Foote.
Judy M. Foote