Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

August 12, 2005 17:02 ET

CAA Applauds Provincial Premiers Announcement on Roads and Highways

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 12, 2005) - The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) today applauds the announcement by the Provincial Premiers recognizing transportation as a pillar of the overall competitiveness and prosperity of Canada. The Premiers, who are gathered in Banff, Alberta for the Council of the Federation Meeting, announced that they will be leading the development of a comprehensive national transportation strategy that will feature solutions to the state of disrepair of our aging National Highway System.

"This announcement is great news for all Canadian motorists," said David Flewelling, President of CAA. "CAA has been strongly encouraging the Federal Government to make our roads and highways a priority for the overall safety and productivity of Canada, and we support and will help with this latest Provincial initiative to ensure our National Highway System (NHS) gets the funding and planning it deserves. With the provinces in agreement, we look forward to even more constructive dialogue with the Federal Government on this issue."

CAA Clubs from coast to coast asked the Premiers to put the issue of federal investment in our NHS on the agenda of the Council of the Federation. The Clubs also asked that the Provinces take a strong stand in demanding greater federal commitment to funding of our highways. CAA is pleased that the Premiers have supported CAA's call for the gasoline excise tax to be re-invested into Canada's roads and highways.

The benefits of an improved highway system have been documented by many studies. Bringing the NHS up to standard could decrease the number of fatalities on the NHS by almost 250, and the number of serious injuries by up to 16 000 each year.

Improved traffic safety is not the only benefit to an enhanced roadway network. With governments seeking to improve the environment and our quality of life, decreased congestion would also mean reduced emissions. With 80 per cent of all trade moving by road, our productivity as a nation would also benefit. CAA is gratified that the Premiers share this focus on building a strong Canadian economy.

About the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

CAA is a federation of 9 automobile clubs serving 4.7 million members through 130 offices across Canada. CAA provides a wide range of member services and works to improve travelling and motoring conditions at home and around the world.

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