Policies

15

Infrastructure and Connecting Canadians via a Fixed Link

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador)

WHEREAS:

  • the Island of Newfoundland depends on ferry service for access to goods and services and travel for visitors to or from the Island;
  • weather and ice can lead and has led to significant delays;
  • mechanical problems with aging ferry fleets can lead and has led to significant delay;
  • such delays cause expensive disruptions to businesses, communities, individuals, and governments; and can increase the cost of goods, including food;
  • Prince Edward Island was connected to mainland Canada two decades ago;
  • technology has advanced significantly, as evidenced by recent construction of long-distance subsea tunnels in Norway;
  • providing a fixed link between the Island of Newfoundland would better connect the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and all Canadians;
  • construction of such a project would be a major economic stimulus;
  • such a link would provide ongoing benefits to NL and other provinces along the transit route (e.g., Quebec) from more reliable transportation alternatives and the potential for increased tourism

BE IT RESOLVED the Liberal Party of Canada call on the Government of Canada to:

  • fully document the feasibility of such a fixed link, including the attendant economic benefits arising therefrom to the province, the region, and the country, and seek proposals for construction of a fixed link;
  • consider all possible funding options, including public-private partnerships, tolls, and direct funding, to achieve this goal

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