Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

February 27, 2008 10:21 ET

CAA Encouraged by Infrastructure Spending in Federal Budget

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 27, 2008) - The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) applauds Minister Flaherty and the federal government for the infrastructure spending announced in Budget 2008. During the pre-budget consultation, CAA presented a number of concerns with regards to infrastructure, safety and the environment and is cautiously optimistic that this budget will address some of those concerns.

"CAA has long advocated for funding priorities to invest in the roads of tomorrow and we are encouraged that the government has committed to making the Gas Tax Fund permanent beyond 2013, said Tim Shearman, President of CAA. "We would like to ensure that this money goes towards the improvement of Canada's roads and highways".

CAA has called on the federal government to promote and encourage eco-mobility options for Canadians for a number of years. Yesterday's investment of $250 Million to assist the Canadian auto sector in its transition towards manufacturing more environmentally friendly vehicles is a modest first step. We are disappointed, however, that the government has opted not to continue the Eco-rebate program.

"It is our hope that this money will allow more Canadians to purchase affordable eco-friendly vehicles when they choose their next car or truck. From what we have seen, we are confident that more of the next generation of environmentally designed vehicles will be built here in Canada, by Canadians, for Canadians", added Mr. Shearman.

CAA will continue to work with the federal government to ensure safer and more environmentally friendly roads and vehicles in the future. The programs announced in Budget 2008 are key to ensuring that cities and industries have the resources to give Canadians real eco-mobility options on safer roads.

To learn more about Canada's infrastructure needs or Eco-Mobility options, visit www.caa.ca.

About the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

CAA is a federation of 9 automobile clubs serving over 5.2 million members through 148 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, including national advocacy efforts on both traffic safety and public policy issues that affect Canadian motorists.

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