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Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, we always put Canadians ahead of anything else. We approved 11 projects in the member's own riding, with a combined investment of $34 million this year. That is putting Canadians first. That did not happen under the previous government and that would not happen if he

May 11th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, after a decade of an inconsistent and ad hoc approach to supporting municipalities and provinces, we are putting in long-term, sustainable, and predictable funding of $180 billion over 12 years, which will help grow the economy, create jobs, and help those Canadians

May 11th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, we have consulted with our stakeholders for the last year. We have consulted with municipalities, provinces, trade unions, building councils, municipal leaders, and mayors. They all understand that we have put forward an ambitious plan to build infrastructure that th

May 11th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, out of the $186 billion that we are investing in Canadian communities, only 8% will be delivered through the bank. The rest of the money will go to provinces and municipalities through the traditional funding that is available to build more housing, to build more she

May 11th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, our government clearly understands this. That is why we are focused on infrastructure to grow our economy and create long-term prosperity. Investment in post-secondary infrastructure, public transit infrastructure, trade-oriented infrastructure, and rural communities

May 11th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, the presentation that was made to investors is publicly available. The member can see it. There is nothing secret about it. We take pride in our investments. We are attracting foreign capital to invest in our country. Canada is open for business. Our country has lac

May 11th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, let me focus on the bank. I will share an example of how municipalities struggle to make decisions. Members from Alberta may remember that a number of years ago, the provincial government consulted with Albertans on the need to build a rail link between Edmonton and

May 11th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, we are so proud to be delivering on our infrastructure commitments. We promised Canadians we would double our infrastructure investments and we are in fact almost tripling our those investments. We understand that Canadian communities have been denied the opportuni

May 11th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, we held a wide range of consultations leading up to the introduction of the legislation. We consulted with provinces, territories, municipalities, the private sector, labour unions, trade councils, and all sorts of other stakeholders to ensure we were crafting legisl

May 11th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, first of all, I want to thank the members of the NDP for their belated support for infrastructure. When we were discussing the infrastructure plan during the campaign, they were so focused on artificially balancing the budget at the cost of ignoring the needs of the

May 11th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, the reason we are getting a lot of support from the municipalities and provinces for our infrastructure plan is that they have seen the impact when we do not build proper infrastructure. When we do not maintain the infrastructure we have, the economy hurts, jobs are

May 9th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, I am amazed by the lack of understanding on the part of the hon. member. Our infrastructure plan works in Canada. We support the municipalities to build infrastructure. We support provinces to build infrastructure. They are the ones who procure the infrastructure.

May 9th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for Davenport for her hard work. Our government is making historic investments to build strong, sustainable, and inclusive communities from coast to coast to coast, including $25 billion in public transit over the next 11 years. This fundin

May 9th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, our government understands how critical infrastructure is to grow our economy and create jobs. That is why the municipal sector, the provincial sector, and the territorial sector are supporting our plan, including the creation of the infrastructure bank, to build mor

May 9th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, the presentation made to institutional investors is publicly available. I hope the member gets to read it. As far as the bank is concerned, we consulted with various stakeholders. We consulted with the FCM. We consulted with the World Bank. We consulted with the IMF

May 9th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal