On Saturday, provincial Liberal Saanich South candidate Robin Adair made building a McKenzie overpass part of his campaign platform. But if that commitment sounds familiar to you it should. Because that promise was also part of federal Conservative Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca candidate Troy DeSouza's platform during last election. Asked about the matter, Mr. DeSouza said, "I'm very supportive of anyone who shares the same views I have with respect to traffic congestion...And I encourage other provincial political wannabes to start listening to the people on that issue. Because, as you know, the people have spoken. And they're pretty clear and supportive" about the need to build such an overpass. The following is a complete copy of Mr. Adair's announcement.
ADAIR SAYS ISLAND HIGHWAY OVERPASS A PRIORITY
March 14, 2009 - Saanich, BC - BC Liberal candidate for Saanich South Robin Adair is placing a high priority on the need for major infrastructure investment to improve safety and traffic flow at one of Vancouver Island's most challenging highway Intersections. Adair made the statement at the official opening of his campaign office today.
"The daily congestion at the intersection of McKenzie and the Island Highway is getting worse as the growing population of the western communities uses the route to commute to work as well as to travel to the airport and ferry terminal", said Adair. "By addressing this traffic problem with a cloverleaf, we would relieve pressure on other secondary roads where local residents are experiencing gridlock. I want to see less stressful travel while at the same time reducing the carbon footprint through less idling and fewer delays in traffic."
Adair spoke to a crowd of supporters at the Saanich South office opening at the Royal Oak Shopping Centre. The campaign centre will remain open until the May 12 provincial election.
BC's Health Services Minister George Abbott was the guest speaker. He encouraged Saanich South voters to support Adair, stating he would be a strong voice in the BC Legislature.
Abbott drew attention to the extensive investment being made by the BC Liberals in the region's health care infrastructure. "We are building a new 500-bed in-patient hospital at Royal Jubilee Hospital that will reduce wait times and become a centre of excellence in seniors care," said Abbott. "And, a new 20 million dollar state-of-the-art emergency room at Victoria General will triple the size of that current facility."
Adair pointed out that funding for health care and education depends on a strong economy. The Conference Board of Canada is predicting that BC will emerge from the current economic slowdown faster and stronger than any other jurisdiction in Canada.
"The NDP simply doesn't have realistic solutions to lead BC in these troubling times of global recession", said Adair. As the voice for Saanich South I will make sure that we maintain our services and build for our future in a responsible way", added the BC Liberal Candidate.
The BC Liberal Saanich South Campaign office is located at 105-4475 Viewmont Avenue in the Royal Oak Shopping Centre. Please call 250-590-4425 for further information or go to www.RobinAdair.ca