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Canada's New Government Announces Project in Edmonton - Mill Woods - Beaumont Friday, 04 May 2007 Mike speaks about the strategic infrastructure project to be built in his riding

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Western Economic Diversification, on behalf of the Honourable David Emerson, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics, today announced $75 million in federal funding for a strategic infrastructure project in Edmonton under the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI).

Mike Lake, Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Mill Woods-Beaumont also spoke at the announcement of the project, which will be built in his constituency, on the east side of Highway 2 at 41 Avenue SW.  The Province of Alberta submitted the project for federal funding and the Honourable Luke Ouellette, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation of Alberta, will oversee its completion.

“This project will help ensure that Alberta may reap the benefits of international trade that will result from the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative,” said Minister Ambrose. “Canada’s New Government continues to make tremendous progress on the Initiative, including here in Alberta where this project will benefit the province’s residents and economy.”

“Today’s investment will contribute significantly to Canada’s competitiveness in the rapidly changing world of global commerce, as well as benefit the communities by upgrading local infrastructure,” said Minister Emerson. “We are committed to establishing the Gateway as the link between North America and Asia, and will continue to work with the provinces and stakeholders to make it happen.”

The local community will benefit from this project, which will improve traffic flow, create jobs and improve the quality of life of local residents. Funding will be used in Edmonton for the construction of a new interchange on Highway 2 and 41 Avenue SW, including a road/rail grade separation of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) tracks east of Highway 2, and improvements on arterial roads in the area. It will facilitate the relocation of the CPR intermodal freight terminal from a residential area in Edmonton to a new site at the southern limit of the city. It will also improve access to and from the new CPR intermodal facility, alleviate congestion and increase business opportunities for northern Alberta. 

"In addition to the substantial economic benefits," said Lake, " this project will be welcomed by anybody who has had to endure the agony of waiting at the rail crossings at the Whitemud interchange or 34th Avenue while trains manoeuvre forward and backward at the current intermodal terminal."

“The new interchange will improve the movement of goods between rail and transport vehicles, providing an efficient link from Alberta to the Asia-Pacific markets,” said Minister Ouellette. “The remaining funding for the project will be cost shared between the province and the City of Edmonton.”

The APGCI is a national project that will provide economic benefits to all Canadians. The Government of Canada has committed over $1 billion to the initiative and is working closely with the governments of the four Western provinces, municipal governments, regional transportation agencies and private sector leaders.

The Prime Minister launched the APGCI in October 2006. Progress has already been made in construction, planning, project selection, port amalgamation, policy development, technology application and international cooperation and marketing. 

For more information about Canada’s APGCI, please visit

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