Quebec a loser in stimulus sweepstakes: CP analysis

OTTAWA — Stimulus money earmarked for Quebec is only trickling down to communities in the province, while other provinces are awash in federal funds, an analysis by The Canadian Press shows.

Haggling among three levels of government has dramatically slowed the flow of construction and jobs, prompting municipal leaders to ask for an extension of the two-year deadline set by Ottawa.

"We're wasting time," said Bernard Genereux, the president of the Federation of Quebec Municipalities and mayor of St-Prime, QC. "It's punishing municipalities. It's preventing us from getting to work. We're losing the first year of the program."

Pressure is now mounting on the federal government to relax its two-year limit on much of the stimulus spending.

Grumbling from municipalities is growing louder. The Parliamentary Budget Officer validated the case for an extension last week, saying the two-year limit is causing a rush to build infrastructure, possibly forcing cities to make hasty decisions, and prompting construction prices to soar.

Since Ottawa announced its multi-billion-dollar stimulus program last January, the federal government has showered every corner of the country with money, funding thousands of projects.

CTV News | Quebec a loser in stimulus sweepstakes: CP analysis

So it seems Quebec is not a winner at this time to get most of Ottawa's money..
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