Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney says Hwy. 3 'a priority'
Thursday, November 7, 2019
The Windsor Star/Lindsay Charlton
The day after the Ontario government presented the 2019 fall economic statement, the province’s transportation minister visited Windsor where she spoke about the plan and reasserted the province’s commitment to a Highway 3 expansion.
“I was very pleased my first official act as minister of transportation was to come to Southwestern Ontario to announce our government’s plan to widen Highway 3 from Essex to Leamington,” Transportation and Francophone Minister Caroline Mulroney told reporters following her keynote speech at a Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corporation luncheon at the Fogolar Furlan Club.
“So work is continuing on that, I announced that in August we’re still proceeding with plans to get things started by 2021, we’re in the (environmental assessments) process. I don’t have a more specific update but obviously, it’s a priority of our government.”
Mulroney spoke to the crowd about the government’s 10-year auto strategy and its new regional development program which she said will provide performance-based loans to eligible businesses across Southwestern and Eastern Ontario.
She also drew attention to the province’s transit investments for the city including $3 million toward the Huron Church Road revamp under its Connecting Links program and a $1.9 million investment toward Windsor’s transit system under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
“Building our future means building world-class infrastructure,” Mulroney said. “Our government has a plan to connect people to places starting with our commitment to invest $144 billion over the next decade to build and improve transit systems, highways, roads, bridges and broadband networks in local communities across the province.”
Before being elected as an MPP for York-Simcoe in 2018, Mulroney was vice-president of BloombergSen Investment Partners and involved in charity initiatives for homeless and at-risk women. She was also a board member for the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority which is overseeing construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge in Windsor.
Mulroney closed her speech by discussing the province’s plan to change “the culture of government.”
“Inefficient and outdated processes mean government cannot easily respond to the needs of the people we serve and the businesses who use our services in a timely and cost-effective way,” she said.
Mulroney said they are implementing “smart initiatives” including the adoption of a digital-first approach, curbing unnecessary spending and identifying opportunities to generate new non-taxed revenue streams for the government.
“Cleaning up the fiscal mess and strengthening the economy will enable the people of Ontario, not the government, to be architects of their own future by unleashing that potential we can build a more prosperous Ontario together,” she said.
While in Windsor Mulroney met with Mayor Drew Dilkens and said she was looking forward to speaking with him directly about the concerns of Windsor residents.