Mr. Jim Jordan (Leeds -Grenville):
Mr. Speaker, the petition I am presenting this morning has about 4,400 names on it. It was initiated by a group of college students in my riding.
It was started when one of their classmates was killed in a tragic traffic accident a few weeks ago. It is asking the government to arrange its priorities differently.
The student who lost her life was Deborah Utman. She was one of 24 people to die tragically in the past few years on that 40-kilometre stretch of highway leading from Highway 401 into the nation's capital.
Through this petition people living in the community served by this highway are asking this government to move on it and start a dialogue immediately with the Ontario provincial government for the completion of the highway into four lanes.
Of course the primary concern is the saving of lives. Of secondary importance would be the economic impact that the construction of that highway would have on the capital region and indeed all of eastern Ontario.
It is an honour to present this petition on behalf of my constituents.