Lib­er­als look to speed up spend­ing old Con­ser­va­tive fund as Par­lia­ment re­turns

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

OTTAWA — The new Lib­eral govern­ment says it’s look­ing for ways to speed up the spend­ing of old Con­ser­va­tive in­fra­struc­ture funds as Par­lia­ment re­turns to work. The ma­jor­ity govern­ment of Justin Trudeau gets down to busi­ness in earnest this week with a dozen com­pet­ing pri­or­i­ties and a gloomy eco­nomic out­look. Fed­eral in­fra­struc­ture min­is­ter Amer­jeet Sohi says he’s al­ready in dis­cus­sions with provinces about how to al­lo­cate ex­ist­ing cash from the $10 bil­lion New Build­ing Canada fund set up un­der the pre­vi­ous govern­ment. The Lib­er­als have said they’d like to speed up in­fra­struc­ture spend­ing to help the ail­ing Cana­dian econ­omy, but Sohi says he’s not look­ing to change the plan of rolling out some $10 bil­lion in new fund­ing over the next two years. It’s just one of a dozen am­bi­tious pri­or­i­ties for the Lib­er­als — who have com­mit­ted to fix the re­la­tion­ship with in­dige­nous peo­ple, put a na­tional price on car­bon, bol­ster em­ploy­ment in­sur­ance, re­form the elec­toral sys­tem, ad­dress health care, and end the bomb­ing mis­sion in Iraq and Syria, just to name a few.

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