BC Liberals: Maple Ridge to benefit from historic infrastructure investments

THE BC Liberals said on Monday that as part of their historic $8 billion investment in infrastructure throughout B.C., BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson has committed to important projects in Maple Ridge.

“The BC Liberals know how to get things built. We’ve got a ground-breaking plan, the biggest infrastructure investment in our province’s history, in order to help get B.C. back on track,” said Wilkinson. “Our Rebuild B.C. plan will invest $8 billion over three years in places like here in Maple Ridge where much-needed projects and community improvements require funding and decisive action from the provincial government.”

After three years in office, BC NDP Leader John Horgan and the NDP have given B.C. plenty of studies and a list of broken promises but next to nothing when it comes to building any new infrastructure. The BC Liberals’ Rebuild B.C. plan will change that, accelerating infrastructure investments to meet the needs of the province’s growing population, create jobs, and improve long-term productivity, said the BC Liberals.

“We have needed these investments in our community for years, and I’m so glad that our BC Liberal government would make them a reality,” said Cheryl Ashlie, BC Liberal candidate for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows. “We will build new affordable housing and build the Lougheed Highway/Harris Road interchange. Not only will these projects better equip our communities, but they will also provide much-needed jobs and benefit our local economy here in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, which is needed now more than ever.”

The BC Liberals said their plan will also scrap the NDP’s insider contract scheme that excludes 85% of BC construction workers from working on public projects.

“Our region has seen little investment in three years under the NDP,” added Chelsa Meadus, BC Liberal candidate for Maple Ridge-Mission. “Maple Ridge and its neighbouring communities are rapidly growing, and we need to see infrastructure investment that keeps up with that growth. Our BC Liberal Rebuild B.C. plan will do just that — building the Abernathy Extension between 232 and 240 St. and the 240 St. Bridge into Silver Valley, and working with the local government to expand addiction-treatment and recovery programs that will work for Maple Ridge and Mission.”