An underlying theme of government restraint in spending. The state of transportation in Canada through a number of observations. The general state of "reasonably good" is not good enough. Demands created by an increasing and increasingly mobile population; an expanding and maturing economy; and by the need to remain competitive internationally. The need to make constant and substantial improvement. Examples from various parts of the country. Government subsidies: their consequences. The safety of Canadian transportation. Difficulties in federal-provincial relations with regard to the transportation industry. The track record of the Department of Transport over the last 18 months: decisions made, action taken in all areas of transportation. Ambitious plans for the next two years. Capital investment and specific projects.
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