Liberal Party of Canada response to Question 1

Question:  What are your party’s plans to fund public transit in Canada and in Calgary?

Question:  Should your party form government, will you honour the Federal Government’s commitment of July 24, 2015 to fund The City of Calgary’s Green Line LRT project?

Answer:  A Liberal government recognizes the vital role that effective, efficient public transportation plays in supporting thriving, vibrant, growing cities like Calgary. We will continue the $1.5 billion in funding for the C-Train Green Line which will expand service to the nearly 300,000 people who live along its corridor.

A Liberal government will invest in public transit in order to strengthen our middle class, grow our economy, and ensure Canadians can spend less time commuting, and more quality time with their families. An economy that can’t move its people will never reach its full potential. We see it when we can’t get to a job interview because of no bus service, when busy roads mean we miss our kids’ soccer games, when we spend hours sitting in traffic, or when we cram into packed subway cars. This is about safe transit, how we get to work tomorrow, clean air, and our overall quality of life.

A Liberal government will quadruple federal investment in public transit over the next decade by investing almost $20 billion more. Municipalities –which are responsible for the majority of public transit in Canada –have limited revenue sources. We will work with municipalities to see that local projects are prioritized, and ensure funding is flexible rather than a roadblock to development. We will also provide our provinces, territories, and municipalities with the long-term, predictable federal funding needed to make community transit plans a reality.

Successful, confident countries invest in their own futures and build ambitiously. That is why public transit is acrucial component of our plan to make historic investments in infrastructure. A Liberal government will ensure that we leave a better country to our kids and grandkids than the one we inherited. Together, we will grow the economy, generate goodpaying jobs, and create more livable communities for all Canadians.

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