Mr. Speaker, Statistics Canada reports a 159% increase in EI recipients in greater Victoria, the second highest among Canadian urban centres.
We need our share of the federal stimulus soon. Victoria is waiting for approval to replace our landmark Blue Bridge. Saanich is ready to upgrade the Rithets reservoir and the Portage Inlet sewer lift station.
But every day we wait makes it harder to meet the seemingly arbitrary deadline of March 2011 for project completion.
Municipalities cannot be left hanging if these badly needed projects are to go ahead in the prescribed timelines and create jobs. Our workers are ready to work.
These infrastructure projects are crucial not only because of the recession in the short-term but for the long-term viability of our cities.