Prime Minister Trudeau announces public transit improvements in Winnipeg
Since we launched our historic infrastructure plan, which will invest more than $180 billion in communities across the country, our government has approved thousands of projects, big and small, from everything… from highways to community centres. This month, I’m visiting some of those sites, where new infrastructure is making a real difference, creating good jobs for the middle class, building the healthy communities Canadians deserve, and helping our businesses thrive. And today, we’re celebrating a new investment right here in your backyard.
But first, let me take a moment to remember Winnipeg bus driver, Irving Jubal Fraser, who was tragically killed on the job two years ago this coming Valentine’s day. Jubal, or ‘Superman’ to his colleagues, was always helping others, a true example of how each and every one of us can make a real difference.
Indeed, it’s my honour to have a former bus driver on my team, Minister Amarjeet Sohi, and I can assure you that, every day, the folks who operate our public transit systems are making our country a better place. And that’s why our government is making investments to ensure that they have the tools they need to keep doing their excellent work.
Today I can announce that the federal government is investing in upgrades to the Winnipeg Transit maintenance and repair facilities, to keep this city’s buses in top shape. Whether it’s renovations for the maintenance garage, or upgrades for the shop’s equipment, we’re investing so that Winnipeggers can count on a quick and reliable trip; because although people riding the bus won’t see the new hoists or the new ultrasonic cleaner in the repair shop, what they will see is good service when they’re travelling to work or to events, like the Festival du Voyageur. Something I know folks here are looking forward to this weekend.
That’s what people need. And that’s what communities need. Efficient transit that’s affordable, convenient and keeps our air clean. And just like other infrastructure projects that we’re delivering across Canada, we know that when different orders of government work together, we can achieve even better results. That’s why this federal investment of $2.5 million in the Winnipeg transit system is done in partnership with the City of Winnipeg.
Today’s announcement is another example of the investments we’re making to address Winnipeg’s needs, to make sure that it continues to be a fantastic place to live, to work and to start a family.