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Politics Remains in Paving, Says Petten
Petten says, “The Liberals are hiding the ranked list of road work requests because they haven’t taken politics out of road work, despite their promise.”
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Office of the Official Opposition 

For Immediate Release

 

St. John’s, NL (October 30, 2019) – PC Opposition transportation critic Barry Petten says despite Transportation and Works Minister Steve Crocker’s call for public input on road work, politics remains in paving.

The minister announced October 24 his department is seeking input from the public for projects to be considered for the Five-Year Provincial Roads Plan. https://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2019/tw/1024n01.aspx

In the lead-up to the 2015 election, Ball promised: “My approach has always been to put a priority list in place on road work so people living in those areas will understand where their roads rank.” (The Coaster on August 13, 2013)

But whenever the Official Opposition has requested the list of road work requests ranked in order of priority by officials so people could see where their roads rank, the Ball Liberals have refused to release it.

Petten says, “The Liberals are hiding the ranked list of road work requests because they haven’t taken politics out of road work, despite their promise.”

“Last year, the minister’s road work investments in his own district exceeded $9 million – almost five times the amount in the previous year, and far more than other districts received.”

“Projects should be based on priorities, fairly assessed by officials, but that’s not happening under Minister Steve Crocker.”

 

Contacts:

Bradley Russell

Director of Policy and Research

(p) 1.709.729.3668

BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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