Smart Freight Centre Launch remarks from MP Jeff Yurek

April 18, 2019, Launch of Smart Freight Centre, Brampton, ON

Note: Hon. Jeff Yurek, Minster of Transportation,  had legislative business at Queen’s Park that prohibited him from speaking in person at the Smart Freight Launch. He provided the following statement that was read aloud by Professor Matthew Roorda on his behalf.

Thank you to everyone for being here today to learn more about the Smart Freight Centre.

You are all here because you know the importance of our province’s transportation network – roads, highways, bridges and public transit.

The Centre and its partners help to support the economic vibrancy of business, environmental sustainability, and quality of life for all of us here in the GTHA.

Whether you are travelling for work, for school, to see a game, to meet someone for a coffee – our communities depend on reliable transportation and transit systems.

That’s why we need to continue to invest and build new, efficient infrastructure to move people and goods faster.

As Minister of Transportation, it’s my responsibility to ensure our transportation network is improving and serving the needs of the people as our economy grows.

I’m working day-in and day-out to strengthen Ontario’s transportation network.

The 2019 Ontario Budget is all about putting people first; restoring fiscal balance responsibly; making Ontario open for business and open for jobs, and protecting what matters most – our critical public services.

These investments mean we’re getting people to work, to home, to family faster. Less time spent on the roads is more time spent doing what matters most.

We believe that planning for highways, roads and transit must be integrated, because, after all, effective public transit is critical for reducing gridlock.

We will continue to build on our strengths, success and our partnerships because we know that when we get Ontario moving, people will have access to new opportunities.

And I would like to thank all of you for everything that you do to keep our transportation network effective, well-maintained and growing.

Thank you.