Trans-Canada bridge failure a 'wakeup call': NDP MP

The federal government needs to step in to help clear a "choke point" caused by a damaged bridge on the Trans-Canada Highway, one NDP MP says.

See Full Article

Charlie Angus, MP for the riding of Timmins-James Bay, says the federal government needs to improve road conditions along the Trans-Canada Highway, and make it easier for trucks to take detours through the United States when parts of the highway are closed.

"These are serious choke points to the Canadian economy," Angus told CTV's Canada AM on Tuesday. "We need to have some federal presence stepping up to the plate here."

Angus' recommendations come as workers attempt to fix a damaged cable-stayed bridge over the Nipigon River, in northern Ontario. A segment of the bridge recently heaved more than 60 centimetres out of position, temporarily stopping all traffic along Canada's busy shipping route. Many transport trucks were forced to take a detour through the United States, which can add up to 12 hours to their trip because of customs checks.

One lane of the bridge has since been re-opened, but larger transport trucks are still being rerouted along a lengthy detour through the U.S.

"This is the economic truck corridor for the country," Angus said. "People think 'Well, it's way up north, it's not really an issue,' but it is an issue."

The recently-opened Nipigon River Bridge is the most expensive bridge ever built in Ontario. Approximately 1,300 trucks cross the bridge carrying an estimated $100 million worth of goods each day, according to a trucking industry spokesperson.

"It connects the east to the west, and there is only that one route," Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne told reporters on Monday.

Angus said the troubles at the bridge are indicative of the poor road conditions in northern Ontario. "On any given day in northern Ontario, the Trans-Canada is going to be closed at certain points," he said. "We really have third-rate roads, yet this is the main truck transfer route for all economic development in this country."

"I think it's a wakeup call to Canadians," he added.

The last bridge failure to impact the highway was in 2003, at Latchford.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Can an Indigenous police force replace RCMP on Wet'suwet'en land? 'Not tomorrow,' Blair says

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- After the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake offered to replace RCMP officers on Wet’suwet’en territory with their own Indigenous peacekeeping force in order to help satisfy one of the main concerns of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said such a solution wouldn’t happen any time soon. Source
  • Canadians find thousands of dollars in unclaimed cheques on CRA website

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- A little known feature on the Canada Revenue Agency’s website is leading people to hundreds, even thousands, of dollars in unclaimed government cheques. The recently released tool, found in the My Account portal, allows you to view and collect any cheques you may have missed from the tax agency, dating back as long as you have been filing taxes. Source
  • Calgary police now admit 2 officers used controversial Clearview AI facial-recognition software

    Canada News CBC News
    After previously denying they had used a controversial facial-recognition app that harvested billions of personal photos from social media, Calgary police now say some officers did, in fact, use the Clearview AI software. "The Calgary Police Service does not use Clearview AI in any official capacity," police said in a written statement sent to CBC News on Friday afternoon. Source
  • Best director win for Polanski prompts boos, walkouts at César Awards in France

    World News CBC News
    Roman Polanski, who faces accusations of rape, won France's César Award for best directing for his film An Officer and a Spy on Friday, prompting several actors to walk out of the ceremony in protest. Polanski was not at the event, the biggest night in French cinema's calendar, saying earlier that he feared for his safety. Source
  • See you at the Supreme Court, Ottawa responds, after Alberta demands carbon tax be lifted

    Canada News CBC News
    On Monday, Alberta's top court declared the federal carbon tax unconstitutional. On Wednesday, the province's justice minister demanded that the federal government remove the levy and reimburse what Albertans have already paid. On Friday, the federal government responded: See you in court. Source
  • See you at the Supreme Court, Ottawa says after Alberta demands carbon tax be killed

    Canada News CBC News
    On Monday, Alberta's top court declared the federal carbon tax unconstitutional. On Wednesday, the province's justice minister demanded that the federal government remove the levy and reimburse what Albertans have already paid. On Friday, the federal government responded: See you in court. Source
  • Bundle of joy who can't wait for Mom to get to hospital makes grand entrance in hotel lobby

    Canada News CTV News
    HANWELL, N.B. -- Yesterday's storm brought more than snow and ice as a little bundle of joy wasn't waiting for Mom to make it to the hospital. Staff at a Fredericton-area hotel jumped into action when a guest went into labour. Source
  • Dog found with glue in his ears and legs tied together ‘making a quick turnaround’: vet

    World News CTV News
    TORONTO -- A dog left for dead in an Oklahoma field with his legs strapped together and glue poured into his ears has survived and is making a “quick turnaround,” a veterinarian says. The Humane Society of Tulsa was contacted by local police on Thursday about a mutt that was left stranded with chemical burns on his face and food wrappers shoved into his ears with glue. Source
  • U.S., Taliban set peace signing for America's longest war

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- America's longest war may finally be nearing an end. The United States and the Islamists it toppled from power in Afghanistan are poised to sign a peace deal Saturday after a conflict that outlasted two U.S. Source
  • 'Greta' decal condemned in House of Commons

    Canada News CTV News
    EDMONTON -- WARNING: The content below may be distressing to readers. A disturbing decal which appeared to use the likeness of 17-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg has been condemned in Canada's House of Commons. Source