© guardian file photo by Brian McInnis
Guardian file photo of Opposition Leader Jamie Fox at a recent sitting of the public accounts coimmittee.
Jamie Fox says the federal budget has been tabled so now is the time for update
The provincial government needs to provide an immediate update to its capital budget on current infrastructure projects and priorities, says Opposition Leader Jamie Fox.
Fox says government wouldn't get into the details on infrastructure spending last fall, saying Islanders needed to wait until the federal budget came down.
"At the time, the premier said that the capital budget could change once Ottawa gave more details on its spending plans,'' Fox said in a news release.
"With the federal budget now tabled, the province needs to update its capital budget to give Island communities a clearer picture on infrastructure projects and priorities.''
The federal budget has earmarked approximately $16 million over the next five years for new infrastructure spending on P.E.I. on top of existing infrastructure programs. With the current age of public infrastructure for roads, bridges, water and sewer, and housing, Fox says the Opposition feels that it's important for the province to have a clear, detailed, focused plan to address current and future needs.
The Opposition Conservatives suggested an infrastructure summit last fall to bring people around the table, identify key priorities and have a jump on getting projects moving when Ottawa brought in its budget.
Rustico-Emerald MLA Brad Trivers, Opposition critic on communities, land and environment, says the clock is now ticking,
"The clock is ticking on this year's construction season and Island communities are still looking for answers from the province so this needs to be an immediate priority," said Trivers.