Harrison Called Out On Roads Election Pledge

Monday, August 28, 2006 at 14:16



The Athabasca Basin Transportation Planning Committee is calling on a former Member of Parliament in Northern Saskatchewan to lobby the Harper Government to make good on an election promise.


Committee spokesman Glen Strong says he wants Jeremy Harrison to convince the Conservative government to follow through on a commitment to fund 50 per cent of the cost of the long-awaited all-weather road network in the Far North.


He says this would seem to be a good time to remind Harrison of his election promise, given the fact Harrison is trying to gauge if he has enough support to run again in Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River.


Strong notes the committee has been in discussions with the Saskatchewan Conservative Caucus chairman Brian Fitzpatrick, and will soon be traveling to Ottawa to make a presentation to MPs regarding the federal contribution to the road project.


Strong also points out the province has already pledged to fund half the cost of the project, anticipating Ottawa will follow suit.


The all-weather road network is estimated to cost $56 million.