Yvonne Jones, MHA for the District of Cartwright-L’Anse au Clair, says she
supports and is encouraging the federal and provincial governments to
designate the Trans Labrador Highway as part of the national highway grid.
This would in essence ensure that the highway network in Labrador was given
similar status and investment as the Trans Canada Highway.
"Over the past
couple of months, the federal government has been seriously discussing the
issue of making the Trans Labrador Highway part of the national highway
grid," said Ms. Jones. "I believe this project is of such significance and
importance for the people of Labrador and the entire province that this
should be done immediately.
"Labrador is still one of the remaining areas of Canada that does not
have a highway that is of a national standard. Should the federal and
provincial governments work together and get this project started, the
benefits to the people of this province and the rest of Canada would be
tremendous. In addition, this type of project would help bring Newfoundland
and Labrador and Quebec closer together and strengthen the ties between the
two provinces. This could create many new opportunities for both regions.
"Bringing the Trans Labrador Highway under the same designation as the
Trans Canada Highway would bring new economic, tourism and development
potential to Labrador. I seriously encourage the federal government to move
forward with this designation and I am also encouraging Minister Rideout to
join myself, Todd Russell, the MP for Labrador and all Labradorians in
calling for this project to proceed.
"There is a federal-provincial meeting of transportation ministers in the
next couple of weeks. This would be the perfect opportunity for this
initiative to be addressed and discussed in great detail. I am hopeful that
with the right level of commitment and support, this initiative will finally