Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

November 30, 2011 16:42 ET

Stable, Long-Term Funding Must Be Goal of New Federal Infrastructure Plan: CAA

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2011) - The Canadian Automobile Association is pleased the federal government announced today it will move ahead with the development of a national infrastructure plan, and says the plan should have three goals: long-term, stable funding; an approach that respects provincial and local differences; and the inclusion of transit and bicycling infrastructure.

Today's announcement of a formal consultation process with interested parties moves the process forward, said Jeff Walker, CAA vice-president of public affairs. CAA conducts extensive research among its 5.6 million members on attitudes toward infrastructure, road safety and other topics.

"CAA members support infrastructure investments, but they also tell us it's not just about roads," Walker said. "Many of our members also use transit and they bike too, and they understand these options, if properly funded and executed, make life easier for everyone on the road."

At a recent appearance before the House of Commons transport committee, CAA said federal infrastructure solutions must also take into account the diverse nature of Canada.

"CAA is a federation of nine clubs of differing sizes and priorities, so we know that one size doesn't fit all," Walker said.

CAA also testified that stable, long-term funding is key, since it allows planners to do the kind of strategic thinking necessary to prepare for tomorrow's needs rather than focusing on short-term patchwork.

"We look forward to working with Minister Lebel to ensure the voice of the road-using public is taken fully into account in this debate," Walker concluded.

The CAA poll of 5,076 Canadians is considered accurate to within 1.38 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

CAA is a federation of nine clubs providing more than 5.6 million Members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services. CAA also advocates on issues of concern to its members, including road safety, the environment, mobility, infrastructure and consumer protection.

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