(OTTAWA, ON) – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne called for a Canadian Infrastructure Partnership, a collaboration that would have an explicit objective of investing five per cent of GDP in infrastructure renewal. Governments in Canada are currently investing in public infrastructure an amount equal to between 3.0 and 3.5 per cent of GDP.
Speaking at a Canada 2020 luncheon in Ottawa, Premier Wynne called on the federal government to invest more in infrastructure and, in so doing, become a better partner in strengthening and enhancing Canada’s Economic Union.
“Fifty years ago, Lester Pearson, John Robarts, and Jean Lesage, and their contemporaries, helped build a Social Union that strengthened our federation and bound us closer together,” Wynne said. “Today, our generation needs to take inspiration from that as we work in co-operation to build a better Economic Union for all Canadians.”
A strong Canadian Economic Union would also require collaboration on a number of other fronts, including the reduction of interprovincial trade barriers, the establishment of a strategic, long-term, national approach to training, and the creation of a pan-Canadian energy strategy.
Premier Wynne also issued a challenge to all federal parties and their leaders to tell Canadians how they will build a stronger Economic Union across the country, what they will do to enhance Canada’s infrastructure investments, and whether they are willing to enter into a new and on-going commitment with provinces to empower Canada to be more competitive and create more jobs and growth.