Muskoka To-DAILY

Miller goes to bat for Burk’s Falls bridge funding

QUEEN’S PARK – During every election now, constituents in Norm Miller’s riding question whether he can adequately be a strong enough advocate for Parry Sound-Muskoka while sitting on the opposition benches.

Minister of Transportation Steven Del-Luca.

Minister of Transportation Steven Del-Luca.

They remember all-too-painfully the separation of north and south status in the province when the Liberal government divided into two for purposes of funding.

And while the disgruntlement doesn’t cost Tory Miller his job as MPP, he is nonetheless forced to stand up for those who voted for and against him.

This morning during, Question Period, Miller went to bat for bridge funding for Burk’s Falls, noting the government’s budget focus on transportation.

He questioned the Minister of Transportation about funding for important repairs to the ArmstrongBridge in the Village of Burk’s Falls.

“Having to take on the costs of maintaining the ArmstrongBridge is a huge burden on the Village of Burk’s Falls,” stated Miller.

“Without the Connecting Links Program or replacement funding, the Municipality faces a massive challenge with limited resources to raise the revenue required to fund such a project.”

The Connecting Links Program that provided provincial funding for maintenance on certain municipal infrastructure was ended in 2013.

“With aging infrastructure, The Village of Burk’s Falls like many other small, rural municipalities faces enough challenges as it is,” said Miller.

“I believe that a workable solution can be found that will allow the necessary repairs to the ArmstrongBridge to proceed,” added Miller.

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