It connects us to each other. It connects us to the world around us.
Having grown up in our region I have always seen how critical transportation is to our communities and our country. As MP I have made advocating for improved transportation a top priority.
As a result I was pleased recently to be appointed transportation critic for our caucus.
The irony in Canada is that despite our vast distances that we have so many deficiencies in our transportation systems.
Inadequate investment. Deficiencies in regulation. A lack of competition. A reliance on privatized profit-driven infrastructure.
All of this comes at a time when we are facing huge challenges because of climate change.
In our region this means limited choice and high costs especially for the 21 communities that don’t have all-weather road access. It also means that many of our communities have limited options because the winter roads they rely on are more and more unreliable due to climate change.
What we need in this country is a national transportation vision that recognizes the need for public investment, greater competition and improved regulation.
As critic for transportation I will be fighting for improved transportation.
For our region.