Building pride

Posted in BC Votes 2009 Campaign Bytes Posted by CBC News on April 30, 2009 11:27 AM |

Campaign BytesJeff DaviesApril 30, Kicking Horse Canyon - Campbell has brought a busload of reporters to view what is clearly one of his proudest accomplishments: the Park Bridge, part of a $972-million upgrade to the Trans Canada Highway. The graceful span is truly a visual and architectural marvel as well as an important political statement.The early morning sun is creeping over the snow-capped mountains as we gather in the valley below. Campbell joins the builders in listing the facts and figures. The bridge was completed more than a year-and-a-half ahead of time - as a public private partnership or "P3". It's 405 meters long and as much as 90 meters high.

Later, a few kilometers down the road, Campbell visits hard-hatted construction workers who have been working on the Trans Canada High way upgrade and tells them their names will be engraved on a plaque at the site. Reporters want to ask about the economy, the recession and government layoffs. Later, as the bus pulls away, Campbell says - somewhat ruefully - that we lack a sense of wonder.

Jeff Davies
CBC News Vancouver