Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Will Get Infrastructure Cash despite Vote Outcome in Metro Vancouver:feds

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Will Get Infrastructure Cash despite Vote Outcome in Metro Vancouver:feds

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Feds say transit vote won't impact federal funding

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VANCOUVER - Industry Minister James Moore says British Columbia will get its fair share of federal infrastructure funding regardless of the outcome of a Metro Vancouver transit tax vote.

Speaking to a gathering of business leaders, Moore said the federal government would provide the province with promised investment dollars whether or not voters approve the historic transit plebiscite.

A proposed $7.5-billion public transportation overhaul over 10 years would include projects such as an upgraded rapid-transit system, a new bridge and additional buses.

"We know that our cities are getting more dense and more congested," said Moore, who was in Vancouver for a meeting with members of the B.C. Business Council.

The technically non-binding plebiscite gives citizens the option of a 0.5-per-cent sales tax increase to raise money to finance the massive investment.

Ballots were mailed out in mid-March and must be submitted by May 29. …

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