EDMONTON, AB (July 24, 2012): The government continues to fall short on Highway 63 with still no commitment on a timeline for twinning the project and several of its own recommendations still up in the air waiting for implementation, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today. The government announced today that it will be implementing greater enforcement and education for Highway 63.
The PCs first announced that they would twin the highway in 2006 but as of today there are still no concrete timelines or financial commitments from the government that the residents of Fort McMurray deserve. Wildrose MLA Infrastructure Critic Drew Barnes commended the government for taking the lead on interim measures earlier proposed by the Wildrose, but without any firm commitments on the twinning of the highway, it is nothing more than a band-aid solution for a long-term problem. “How long does it take for this government to put together a plan? We’ve known for six years that this highway needs to be twinned and they still have no concrete plan to get the job done,” Barnes said. “Instead we continue to have weak leadership from Premier Alison Redford that avoids any type of commitment on this important project.” Wildrose MLA for Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills Shayne Saskiw said that continued inaction on Highway 63 twinning timelines is just another example of the government’s inability to prioritize its spending. “The residents of Fort McMurray and the north are a major economic engine of the province, yet the government continues to move at a snail’s pace while it spends billions on corporate welfare projects,” Saskiw said. “The government cannot continue to accept massive dollar amounts in royalties, personal income tax and corporate taxes but treat northern Albertans like second-rate citizens by not making this key infrastructure project a priority.”