WINCHESTER — In a season of firsts for the Winchester resident since his October election to the House of Commons, Eric Duncan posed his debut question from the benches of the Official Opposition yesterday, asking about delayed federal funding of planned projects in Morrisburg and Kemptville.
Standing to applause from his Tory colleagues as he delivered his maiden query, the S-D-SG MP highlighted Morrisburg’s streetscape overhaul and the Kemptville County Rd. 43 widening as two Eastern Ontario infrastructure initiatives that have received provincial approval, only to be held up awaiting the Trudeau government’s share.
“With no reply from this government, another construction season has been lost to get shovels in the ground,” said Duncan, directing his comments to the Speaker. “When will the federal government’s dither and delay approach end, so municipalities in rural Eastern Ontario can get these projects built?”
Maryam Monsef, Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, replied for the government side but gave no indication on when the funds might be released — though she did tout the Liberals’ $2-billion Small Communities infrastructure program.
“Our government will always stand with Canadians, particularly those in small rural communities, to ensure that they maintain the health and vitality of their communities by investing in infrastructure,” the minister assured.
In a tweet after the exchange, Duncan declared that Eastern Ontario municipalities “are still waiting after several months for an answer on important federal infrastructure funding. It’s time to get our fair share and get these projects built!”
See the video, below.
Today I spoke in the House of Commons for the first time to question why Eastern Ontario municipalities are still waiting after several months for an answer on important federal infrastructure funding. It's time to get our fair share and get these projects built! pic.twitter.com/F8aJKD8vbB
— Eric Duncan (@EricDuncanSDSG) December 12, 2019