June 4, 2003 (37th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Darrel Stinson

Canadian Alliance

Mr. Darrel Stinson (Okanagan—Shuswap, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, in the 13 months up to February 1, 33 people died in traffic accidents on the Trans-Canada Highway between Chase, B.C. and the Alberta border.
Some of the victims came from nearby communities like Enderby and Lumby, some from Calgary, Alberta, and Richmond, B.C., and others from as far away as Korea. This outdated, winding road is a disgrace, yet it is Canada's national highway.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation announced on May 15 that last year the government collected $4.76 billion in fuel taxes, but only spent $119 million on roads and $65 million on infrastructure.
What has the Liberal government done? It has put an average of 97.5% of fuel taxes collected in the last five years into general revenue.
Instead, the government should save lives and fix this killer highway.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Highway Safety
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