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LYALL’S FILES: Federal parties renew focus on infrastructure investment
October 9th, 2015 5:32 pm     A+ | a-

Richard Lyall / RESCON

If you’re a political junkie, you’ll probably give thanks this weekend for the dramatic federal election campaign that has unfolded thus far.

It’s been a fascinating battle, and Oct. 19 is coming up fast. With the election spotlight fixed on the GTA, there’s no doubt that the parties are keen to get their message out in and around Toronto.

When it comes to the parties’ platforms on infrastructure, we’re all too happy to assist in getting their messages out through our networks.

The videos are posted on YouTube. Click on this hyperlink to view the compilation video. To see each party’s individual effort, scroll down to the bottom of this post.

The Conservative Party of Canada, New Democratic Party, the Liberal Party of Canada and the Green Party of Canada each created a video pitch to let voters know where they stand on infrastructure after a request made by the Construction and Design Alliance of Ontario (CDAO).

CDAO is made up of major associations representing builders, general contractors, engineers, architects and interior designers. RESCON is a member of CDAO, and so is our infrastructure affiliate, the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO). Led by executive director Andy Manahan, RCCAO spearheaded the campaign on behalf of CDAO, assisted by the Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE).

From left at RCCAO's recent 10th anniversary celebration are: Metrolinx president/CEO Bruce McQuaid and CDAO members Andy Manahan of RCCAO, Barry Steinberg of CEO, and OSPE's Sandro Perruzza and Lee Weissling. RESCON is also a member of CDAO.

The questions CDAO posed were:

-          Given our economic challenges and opportunities, how would your government set priorities for Canada’s infrastructure investments?

-          How would your party better leverage this expertise to deliver public projects?

“These videos illustrate to us that all federal parties are committed to increasing infrastructure investment, even if the approaches vary,” Manahan says.

CDAO chairman Barry Steinberg, also the chief executive officer of CEO, was encouraged by the response.

“Our coalition was formed to help advocate with a strong and unified voice to government decision-makers. Considering our massive infrastructure deficit, I am pleased to see that there is an emerging multi-partisan recognition of the importance of investment in Ontario’s infrastructure,” Steinberg says.

Sandro Perruzza, chief executive officer, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, said the parties' video responses help place infrastructure into broader economic policy discussions. “Political leaders clearly recognize that infrastructure investments are a tremendous catalyst to promote our long-term economic prosperity,” Perruzza says.

Construction Design Alliance of Ontario (CDAO) – 2015 Election Video Series
1. Paul Calandra highlights Conservative Party’s infrastructure plan
2. Matthew Kellway highlights the NDP's infrastructure plan
3. Bill Morneau highlights Liberal Party's infrastructure plan
4. Wes Regan highlights Green Party's infrastructure plan

Frankly, I’m thrilled to see the efforts of all of our different parts of the construction industry come together to make a difference in the conversations people are having around their dinner tables ahead of the election.

Please watch the videos, and don’t forget to vote on Oct. 19.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Richard Lyall, president of RESCON, represented the building industry in Ontario since 1991. He is also a frequent speaker and writer on issues related to the construction industry. Contact him @RESCONprez or at

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