Ottawa, Ontario – The Conservative Party says, “Justin Trudeau is lying and misrepresenting the Conservative plan to support infrastructure projects across Canada.” Let’s look at the facts.
In a press release issued Sunday, the Conservatives say, “Public policy expert Jack Mitnz confirmed that the Conservative plan only “delays” infrastructure spending by three years. He also confirmed that these delays only impact “uncommitted infrastructure spending. In contrast, the Liberals cut up to 40% of infrastructure spending from 2016-2017.”
Thunder Bay-Superior North Conservative candidate Frank Pullia states, “The Conservative Party will maintain current funding obligations, so there are no cuts but proper allocation as these are matching funds with provinces and municipalities and making announcements and then blaming the provinces for political reasons for not coming to the table without even addressing the issue that municipalities need to be considered when making such announcements, has created inefficiencies and increased costs.
The Conservatives say, the “Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) agrees. The PBO confirms that the Conservative plan will extend “spending for the Investing in Canada Plan (ICP) over an eleven-year period, rather than the eight-year period.” The PBO also says that the Conservative plan would “spread the same nominal amount of money over a longer period of time. The PBO also confirmed that our plan continues “funding obligations already committed to by the Government”.