A completely unrelated picture, from Luc at Montreal Daily Photo
The likelihood of this worldwide recession simply blowing over Canada appears to be a increasingly ridiculous possibility. But perhaps this is the ideal time to invest in overdue infrastructure for Canada’s major cities, a tried-and-tested strategy for stimulating the economy in tough times. A “New New Deal”, one might call it.
In fact, that’s exactly what Jean Perrault, president of the Canadian Federation of Municipalities, is telling Stephen Harper and provincial leaders. As the CBC reports:
Many economists agree it’s a tried and true way of keeping an economy going, especially when they’re not make-work projects (it’s hard to argue Canada’s infrastructure isn’t in need of repair when a bridge collapses in Quebec or a sewage treatment plant leaks sewage into an Ontario river).
The article cites the need to invest in roads and bridges and the like. I sincerely hope “the like” includes rail, both between cities (like the long sought after high speed rail corridor from Windsor – Quebec City) and urban mass transit options, like the long awaited tramways up avenue de Parc and chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges.