Update: We received a number of responses to our post concerning The Big Fix, CBC's series looking at what it will take to bring Canada's infrastructure in line with its needs for the 21st century.
The problem is a catch-22. We, as a society, have no faith in the taxation system already in place in the country. We don't trust the people in charge not to use the money from extra taxes properly and efficiently to fix the infrastructure, (in fact a lot of us feel that they would be more far more likely to vote themselves a raise first if given extra funding), and as such people are resistant to the extra taxation that fixing this situation would require.
Joel, I agree with you 100%, but also it is the allocation of those funds, and the fact that over the last two decades, with the privatization of our power and other utilities, the government has lost a revenue stream that would have continued to pay for and made up the losses in other areas.
We need a big fix and people need good jobs. Let's put 2 and 2 together!
How about using our railway system for passenger transportation again- not the over-priced tourism trap it is now?
Don't repair what came from the past century but recreate for the future, think sustainability, think local and think low impact
There isn't enough money in this country to correct the neglect of all levels of government over the last 50 years when it comes to infrastructure. Even if we started tomorrow (NOT), it is an uphill battle without a clear goal in sight. I agree with Gina on the improved, cheaper, more efficient rail solution to intercity travel. With increasing fuel costs, deteriorating roads and rising airfares, Canada will revert to a regional interest society for the next 50 years.
@RealDukeBuzzy (S. Duke Ellis)
Public Transit, and trains connecting remote communities. Cancel the F-35 and use the money from that mess.
What? We don't need infrastructure, just billions of dollars worth of new jails. That's what Harper said.
November 23, 2011
Across the CBC this week, you'll find a series of reports looking at the state of Canada's infrastructure - more specifically, at what needs to be done to fix it.
From collapsing bridges in Montreal to disconnected rural communities in Saskatchewan and transit gridlock in Vancouver, the systems built to meet the needs of Canadians (and get them where they want to go) are aging, and increasingly incapable of serving the needs of a growing and diversifying population.
In The Big Fix, correspondents from CBC's TV, radio and web outlets across the country take a look at the challenges facing their communities, and the nation as a whole.
We'd like to know what you think. What are the biggest questions facing your community? What should Canada be doing to meet the needs of its citizens in the 21st century? What should be done with the infrastructure we already have? What should our new priorities be - roads? Rail networks? Cycling? Communications?
And above all, who should pay for it, and how?
Send us your thoughts, and we will collect all the best suggestions, comments and questions at the end of the week.
While you're at it, take a look at some of the many reports from across the CBC this week.