Our BC Liberal government has always recognized the need for the provincial government and local governments to work together on major infrastructure projects. We remain committed to investing in modern and efficient infrastructure to meet the growing needs of communities, expand our economy, and protect the environment.
This commitment is reflected in our recent investment in the Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant. With our federal partners, Today’s BC Liberal government is contributing $405 million to this vital $700 million project. The new facility will be located on a Metro Vancouver-owned site in the District of North Vancouver. Once completed, the districts of West and North Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, and the Squamish Nation will be able to depend on an improved, modern, and reliable wastewater system. As a result of this funding, this new facility is expected to be operating by 2020.
If re-elected, we will continue working with Metro Vancouver to ensure further critical investments are made. In terms of specific infrastructure program requests and potential new revenue streams for local governments, Today’s BC Liberals would certainly be prepared to consider any proposal Metro Vancouver would like to put forward, keeping in mind that there is only one taxpayer and we cannot mortgage our children’s future tomorrow by overspending, today. We need to live within our means and control government spending, grow the economy, create jobs and keep taxes low for families and businesses so that we continue to attract both people and investment to our province.