George Murphy Question Period (11.20.2012)

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s East.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. MURPHY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities says in its latest statement that Canadian municipalities need a twenty-year plan to deal with crumbling infrastructure.

Can the minister please tell this House what representation his government has made to the federal government to help deal with the need for the extra funding?

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Minister of Municipal Affairs.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. O’BRIEN: Mr. Speaker, I am ever so happy to report in this House that I had meetings with the president of the national federation just recently in Gander, and we had quite a discussion in regard to the wants and needs of infrastructure right across Canada.

The happy thing that I have to report is that since 2008, we have invested, as a government, close to $700 million in infrastructure requirements in municipalities right across Newfoundland and Labrador. I am happy to report that, and that is our plan, this provincial plan, to support our municipalities. We will continue to support our municipalities and each and everybody.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The Member for St. John’s East.

MR. MURPHY: It is good to hear, Mr. Speaker, that the pressure is working and we are starting to see some solid investments.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Minister of Municipal Affairs.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. O’BRIEN: Yes, Mr. Speaker.

Maybe if the member was a good critic, he would meet with Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador and they would give you a good overview of the progress that we have made to date. As a matter of fact, in their own words: The best meetings they have ever had with any government in Newfoundland and Labrador since 1949.

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