The work of Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey and local leaders in business and industry leaders has generated positive results once again.
Representatives from the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities in Ottawa will be in Niagara next week to see firsthand the opportunities to bolster transporation links from the international border, the Welland Canal, through the Niagara region to Hamilton Harbour.
The goal is to leverage Niagara’s unique location to contribute to a National Trade Corridor strategy, aligned with a $2 billion Trade Corridor Fund. Badawey will lead a convoy of committee members from the Peace Bridge, the southern terminous of the Welland Canal in Port Colborne, up the canal corridor to the Port Authority in Hamilton with stops along the way to see rail links, bridges, economically strategic lands and the Welland Canal.
The Niagara region road trip follows a day of bi-partisan hearings where over 24 delegates will present witness accounts to help build the foundation for the national plan, which will include road, rail, air and the waterways of the St. Lawrence Seaway, within both Niagara and Hamilton.
“No other area in Canada has these multi-modal advantages that strengthens a Southwestern Ontario economic cluster, contributing to our nation’s international trade performance,” Badawey said. “We have the natural advantage and the infrastructure. We are perfectly positioned for the focus of a trade corridior to serve future generations, as we are within a one day’s drive of over 44% of North America’s annual income. It is now time to bring our transportation network into 2018 and beyond as part of an overall National strategy.”
Years in the making, the hearings and road trip “are a huge step forward for us,” Badawey said. “To have all these MPs and national committee staffers in Niagara to show them the significance of our region, all our transportation links, the essential contributions we make for our economy, our environment, and our national security will make a huge impact for all of us as we move forward with this strategy, aligning with regional industrial strategies that create jobs.”
Office of Vance Badawey
Member of Parliament Niagara Centre