February 15, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DELTA, BC – Today, the Honourable Ed Fast, Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change and former Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia-Pacific Gateway Corridor Initiative, visited Deltaport, part of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.
“I had a fascinating visit at Deltaport. It reaffirmed how important this port is to Canada’s prosperity and to our growing trade and economic ties within the Asia-Pacific region,” said Fast. “I am looking forward to the approval of the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 expansion that will create 13,000 new jobs and exponentially increase trade volumes through the port.”
Fast explained that these strategic projects are essential to Canada’s long-term prosperity and will facilitate the growth of trade with Asian markets. Under the previous Conservative Government, smart infrastructure investments in roads, railways, inland and marine ports positioned British Columbia as the premiere destination for North-American imports and exports.
“Under our former Conservative Government, over $1 billion were invested in Asia-Pacific Gateway-related projects to strengthen Canada’s competitive position in global commerce,” noted Fast. “Despite promising to invest $120 billion in national infrastructure over 10 years, the Liberal government has delivered very little of that investment, and almost none in our Asia-Pacific, Continental and Atlantic gateways. Justin Trudeau says he supports trade, but has failed to champion the infrastructure development necessary to ensure that Canada maintains its competitive edge in a fiercely competitive global marketplace.”
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Office of the Hon. Ed Fast