NATIONAL HIGHWAYS POLICY URGED BY B.C.S BENNETT

BRITISH COLUMBIA PREMIER W.A.C. BENNETT IS URGING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO EMBARK ON A NEW NATIONAL HIGHWAYS PROGRAM WHICH WOULD INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO ADDITIONAL EAST-WEST TRANS-CANADA ROUTES, A NETWORK OF NORTH-SOUTH ROADS AND ADEQUATE MAJOR TRAFFIC ARTERIES IN METROPOLITAN AREAS. IN A BRIEF PREPARED FOR SUBMISSION TO THE FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE AT OTTAWA, HE SAYS THESE FACILITIES WOULD STRENGTHEN UNITY IN CANADA AND AT THE SAME TIME UNLOCK A GREAT POTENTIAL FOR INTERNATIONAL TOURISM. HE CALLED UPON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO INITIATE AN ADEQUATE NATIONAL HIGHWAY PROGRAM JOINTLY FINANCED BY THE SENIOR GOVERNMENTS, WITH SCOPE AND SHARING TECHNIQUES AS INCLUSIVE AS THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAY PROGRAM OF THE UNITED STATES. THE REPORT ALSO URGES THE RENEWAL AND EXPANSION OF THE FEDERAL ROADS TO RESOURCES PROGRAM. IT SAYS THAT THE RECORD OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN PROVIDING ADEQUATE ACCESS ROADS TO THE ECONOMIC RESOURCES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA LEAVES MUCH TO BE DESIRED. THE POLICY IS ALSO SHORTSIGHTED BECAUSE IT OVERLOOKS THE GREAT BENEFITS OF RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT TO THE FEDERAL TREASURY. THE BRITISH COLUMBIA GOVERNMENT CLAIMS THAT ITS OWN AGGRESSIVE ROAD CONSTRUCTION POLICY HAS LED TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF IMPORTANT INDUSTRIES IN NEWLY DEVELOPED AREAS. /CGRA/

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    • Vol 9, No 24, PP 5
  • Publication Date: 1965-6-11

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  • Created Date: Nov 7 1994 12:00AM