Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I think it comes as no surprise that I'll be asking Mayor Blake most of my questions, if not all.
Mayor, congratulations on getting up at Alberta time. It's fun going back and forth between Alberta and Ontario and having to change time zones. I also want to congratulate you on your Queen Elizabeth II jubilee medal. It's well deserved for all of your hard work over the past years in northern Alberta.
I don't know if you had a chance to read the budget brief that I sent you about a month ago, outlining the Canadian government's new budget. But if you have you will notice there have been a lot of changes in relation to how we deal with unemployment and employment and some of the issues there. I will deal with that in due course.
But I do want to make reference to some of the funding for infrastructure that has been put in place since we came into government in 2006, including of course $150 million to twin a large portion of Highway 63 and invest in the two overpasses. Of course, we're excited about the two most recent ones that are almost open: Thickwood and Confederation interchanges. Of course, there are the hockey rinks and other things we did in Canada's economic action plan. Some $500 million has been contributed over the last six years to the municipality of Wood Buffalo from the federal government.
But what I would like to talk about is not land and not road capacity, because both of those are obviously within the jurisdiction of the provincial government and are their responsibility, and that all we can do is to deal with them as a funding partner at their request. Indeed, I want to let you know as well, of course, that we've been talking to Scott Clements. He is the CEO of the airport and made a pitch to the Alberta Conservative caucus some months ago in relation to customs, immigration, and indeed the funding proposal for the expanded airport. So that is with the government and, of course, that is going to be dealt with accordingly.
I have been working on those two files for about two years now—and over a year with Scott. And he is doing a great job for the airport as well. I think most Canadians don't realize that although we have 850,000 passengers in our airport, we also have 1.6 million in our airspace who land at the other airports in northern Alberta. So it's quite a few.
But what I'd like to talk about is the “Tim Hortons” issue.