Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

November 06, 2006 09:07 ET

Leaving Roads, Highways in Poor Repair Hurts Our Standard of Living, Says CAA

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 6, 2006) - A new report, entitled Roads and Highways: Critical to Canada's Competitiveness, has linked the deteriorating state of Canada's roads and highways directly to the standard of living and prosperity of Canadians. The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) announced that it would be bringing this new report to Parliament Hill on November 7.

Prepared by the Centre for Spatial Economics, a leading economic think-tank, the report's conclusion is that our roads and highways must be made a national priority, and that Canada's federal government needs to take a leadership role in working with the Provinces to develop a National Highway Policy. This policy would need to be supported with sustainable, long-term funding that will ensure optimal standards from coast-to-coast.

"Compared with the United States and most of the EU, we continue to be the only country that does not recognize that our roads and highways are a key asset for our competitiveness", said David Flewelling, President of CAA. "The United States, our greatest trading partner, is investing $286 billion dollars over the next six years in their roads and highways infrastructure. We need to recognize once and for all that our infrastructure needs to be brought up to a safe and efficient level now, before Canada's economy is crippled by the need for a massive and costly reconstruction effort."

The report makes the case that delays due to congestion and poor road conditions are undermining important elements of our economy, such as trade, tourism, commute times and the environment. On November 1, CAA and Pollution Probe released Driving Towards a Cleaner Environment - A Healthier Future, which deals specifically with the need for motorists, roads and vehicles to be an integral part of a solution for a better environment

"Over the years, many stakeholders including CAA, the Premiers and Territorial Leaders, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and the business community among others have reiterated this concern," continued Mr. Flewelling. "This report shows what we have been warning; that immediate action is needed if Canada is to remain competitive in our global economy."

On November 7, CAA is bringing community leaders from across Canada to present the report to federal MPs and demand a National Highway Policy and sustained funding for our roads and highways.

Copies of Roads and Highways: Critical to Canada's Competitiveness are available online at www.caa.ca and www.canadasroads.com.

Driving Towards a Cleaner Environment, a Healthier Future is available at the new CAA website, www.caa.ca/eco-mobility .

About the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

CAA is a federation of 9 automobile clubs serving 4.9 million members through 140 offices across Canada. CAA provides a wide range of member services and works to improve traveling 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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