On February 27th, Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled Budget 2018. This year’s budget is the next phase in our plan for Canadians, and continues to deliver much needed programs and services where Canadians need them most.
This year, however, Budget 2018 contained an extra surprise, a pledge by the Government to fully fund the rehabilitation of the Port Dalhousie Piers. During the election campaign and since, I have made advocating for the rehabilitation of the piers, one of my top priorities.
Over the past two years, I, along with the mayor and other city officials, have had countless meetings with staff both at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Prime Minister’s Office.
Residents of St. Catharines know the importance of the piers to our cultural history, and our job as your elected representatives, was to relay that importance. I am pleased to say that we delivered that message loud and clear, and it paid dividends.
The Minister of Finance announced a significant, $250-million boost to the Small Craft Harbours Budget (the agency that owns the Piers). Also stated in the budget was a direct commitment to fund the rehabilitation of the Port Dalhousie Piers.
I’m very proud of the work we have all done on this file and look forward to continuing the effort, along with the Mayor and Council as we begin the next phase of this exciting project.