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Duly Quoted: Kathleen Wynne, on How Ontario’s Infrastructure Is As Old As She Is

The province's infrastructure has been neglected, and needs investment to relieve its creaky bones.

“Ontario’s infrastructure is as old as me: from the post-war baby boom. And the bones are creaking.”

-Premier Kathleen Wynne, in conversation with Manitoba premier Greg Selinger at an infrastructure summit being held in Toronto today. She claimed that public infrastructure needs have been consistently overlooked by all levels of government, and went on to question why it takes an international event such as the Pan Am Games to kickstart major projects. She also acknowledged that she’d considered boosting revenue by raising the HST and gas tax, but ruled that out because of the associated political risk. The Liberal budget, passed July 24, dedicates $130 billion—which includes $29 billion for public transit—to infrastructure over the course of a decade. The premier is now calling on the federal government to invest 2 per cent of the GDP in infrastructure each year.

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