These 3 things top the priorities list for Canada’s infrastructure minister during the COVID-19 recovery
2020-09-14 from here
OTTAWA—Federal Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna says the government needs to show Canadians they will get the “triple benefits” of climate action, job creation and inclusiveness for public money spent on the COVID-19 recovery.
In an interview with the Star, McKenna said many people are still reeling from the pandemic crisis and that, while the push for a greener economy is part of the government’s plans to “build back better,” Ottawa needs to demonstrate “returns” on the money it will spend — not just on climate, but also by creating jobs and ensuring the recovery helps all segments of the population.
What that looks like remains to be seen — and is ultimately up to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, she said — but McKenna’s priority list for the recovery includes increasing broadband internet across the country, expanding public transit and building more affordable housing.
And she said recovery efforts will need to leverage the private sector — in some cases through the government’s arms-length Canada Infrastructure Bank — to create jobs and growth in the wake of the deadly pandemic.
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