Murphy disappointed government voted against transportation strategy

NDP Transportation & Works Critic George Murphy

NDP Transportation and Works critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) says it comes as no surprise that government members voted against his private member’s motion in the House of Assembly today.

“It was a simple enough matter,” Murphy said shortly after the vote. “I was just saying the provincial government should commit to developing a proper overall transportation strategy for the province. It seems to me that when you’re talking about spending millions of dollars every year, you should have some idea of why you’re doing it.”

Murphy’s motion cited the fact that people in the province depend on reliable transportation links to access employment, government services, and business. The motion pointed out that despite having had 10 years to do so, the current government has not properly developed and maintained ferry and highway services in many areas of the province.

“The government has consistently failed to follow its own ferry strategy,” says the motion, and “the people of Newfoundland and Labrador continue to suffer from an unacceptably large inventory of unpaved gravel roads, aging bridges culverts and highways.”

According to the Canadian Automobile Association, five of the 11 worst roads in Atlantic Canada are found in this province.

“‘Be it resolved that this House of Assembly call upon Government to develop an advanced transportation strategy for road and ferry users.’ That was all we asked for,” said Murphy.

“It was a simple request. I am disappointed that the government members voted against the motion today.”

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