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Shovel-ready or is it Election-readying projects?

May 5, 2009


A few hours before the BC provincial election was officially launched,  the results of the joint federal-provincial Knowledge Infrastructure Program  in BC were announced (29 projects for $441 million). The same scenario unfolded yesterday in Novia Scotia.

Interestingly, these are essentially the only two provinces where a deal has been completed between both levels of government. Sure there is some announcement in Alberta, but so far it only involves 3 projects at U. of Alberta.

This should not be surprising, because 2 governments agreeing on 20-30 large projects at once is not obvious at all, unless there is some … electoral urgency. It will be interesting to see how fast agreements can be reached in non election-ready provinces.

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