Provincial and local governments should make infrastructure decisions, not Ottawa

Last week, and as part of Ottawa’s multi-billion infrastructure spending plan, Amarjeet Sohi, federal minister of infrastructure and communities, wrote letters to his ministerial counterparts in each province and territory laying out broad conditions for receiving federal money for infrastructure projects.Such federal stipulations raise important concerns about Ottawa imposing “national objectives” on what should primarily be provincial and local issues.Ottawa often provides conditional grants to provincial or local governments to fund a portion of an approved infrastructure project. In exchange for adhering to certain conditions, the recipient government receives additional revenue that does not have to be taxed by that

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