“At a time when our economy is struggling and people are losing their jobs, it hardly makes sense to abandon shovel-ready projects like the 212 Avenue interchange on Deerfoot Trail,” said Ric McIver, Interim Leader of the Progressive Conservatives and MLA for Calgary-Hays. “It will open the door to more jobs, growth and economic activity. What’s even more perplexing is why the government would reject an opportunity to share the cost of this project with the developer and the City of Calgary. Not only is it a great deal for Alberta taxpayers, but it would also make good on the NDP’s promise to use infrastructure investment to create jobs and grow the economy.”
The 212 Avenue interchange is located in South East Calgary and would provide a critical access point to the community of Seton, one of the fastest-growing areas of the city. Without this interchange, further development will stall, stranding millions in investment and killing hundreds of jobs.
“We need these kind of partnerships if we are going to get maximum value for every dollar spent on public infrastructure,” said McIver. “It’s very disappointing to see the NDP once again refusing to work with municipal and private sector partners to achieve results for Albertans.”