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McKenna dons hard hat, vows to pick up pace of infrastructure projects

McKenna dons hard hat, vows to pick up pace of infrastructure projects
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The Liberal government has committed more than $180 billion over 12 years to improving roads, bridges, public transit systems and other needed infrastructure across the country; but it has been criticized for failing to get the money out the door and shovels in the ground quickly.

McKenna, in her first speech since being named to the job last week, told municipal leaders that accelerating the pace of projects that could make a real difference in the lives of Canadians is the first of three main priorities as she settles into her new role.

She underscored her point by donning a white hard hat.

McKenna says she also wants to ensure the benefits of infrastructure investments are distributed fairly across the country, including rural and remote areas where she suggests federal funding could help provide high-speed internet service.

She says she also wants to ensure investments are made in projects that will help communities combat climate change and become more resilient in the face of increasing floods, wild fires and extreme weather events.
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