By Andrew Macdonald
Bernadette Jordan, the Liberal MP for the South Shore spoke of getting money from Ottawa to upgrade the lethal Hwy. 103 if she got elected in the 2015 federal election.
So far, she hasn’t delivered twinning funds for the South Shore highway, the deadliest route in Nova Scotia.
The highway saw a fatal accident last week and another this week pushing the death count to 26 people since 2009.
Peter MacKay, at the end of his service as a minister in the Conservative government led by Stephen Harper, announced co-funding of $70 million to twin Hwy. 103 for 22 kilometres from Upper Tantallon to Hubbards.
That twinning will be finished in the next two to three years.
But, many on the South Shore say the route should be twinned all the way to Bridgewater.
Jordan took part in Justin Trudeau’s recent funding announcement of $90 million to twin the Hwy. 104 for 40 kilometres between New Glasgow and Antigonish.
That is the right thing to do as the road is also a link in the Trans-Canada Highway.
Despite promises she would fight hard for twinning money for the 103, Jordan has not delivered her 2015 campaign pledge. That’s a major disappointment because the highway is the second deadliest road in Canada, only behind an Alberta route.
During the 2015 campaign, she said if elected as the Liberal MP for the South Shore, Jordan vowed to draw highway money from Ottawa.
“Twinning is enormous and it is costly,” Jordan told me in 2015. “The province can’t do it alone. It has to be done with cooperation with the federal government. We rely on the 103 for economic purposes and need that highway.
“I am ready to work collaboratively with the province to leverage the funds committed by the Liberal party for significant infrastructure.
“It’s a very dangerous highway. My family travels it every day. I live in West Dublin, and my husband works in Halifax.
“We’re well aware of the problems with that highway,” Jordan said in 2015.
She says Liberal leader Trudeau has spoken of addressing major infrastructure needs across Canada, to assist provinces and municipalities.
Over to you, MP Bernadette Jordan, will you now secure Ottawa funds to twin all the way to Bridgewater?