Bradley, CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, recommended
the Canadian government leverage the participation of the
provinces, municipalities and private sector in accelerated
and strategic infrastructure spending.
made the recommendation during an appearance before the House
of Commons Standing Committee on Transport Feb. 12.
is the only major industrialized country on the planet without
a national highway policy,” Bradley said. “We need a plan
and long-term funding to address this country’s highway deficit.
excuse of having no money is wearing thin. The federal excise
taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel presently serve no policy
purpose other than to fill the government’s coffers. Let’s
take the $4.8 billion in fuel taxes collected annually by
the federal government and dedicate these monies into a national
highway trust fund or scrap the tax.”
utmost importance are our major north-south trade corridors
and their feeder links,” Bradley said.
to questions from the Transport Committee on security issues,
Bradley remarked, “If we don’t pay attention to the transportation
infrastructure needs of industry, especially those industries
that rely on just-in-time deliveries, Canada runs the very
real risk of direct investment fleeing Canada and moving
south of the 49th parallel.”
needs more than a level playing field for our exports to
the U.S. ... we need a clear advantage,” Bradley said. “We
won’t need trucks or trains if we are not manufacturing anything