September 16, 2015 9:55 am
Updated: September 17, 2015 5:58 am

Trudeau promises to beef up Calgary’s flood infrastructure

WATCH: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said at a Wednesday news conference that if elected, the Liberals would invest in flood mitigation in Calgary. Jenna Freeman reports.

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CALGARY – Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau made promises to beef up flood infrastructure in Calgary on Tuesday.

Trudeau said if elected, his party would provide unspecified funding to prevent flooding.

“Mayor Nenshi has been talking about specific flood mitigation projects of about $50 million. Well our green infrastructure fund will make that a reality.”

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“We will commit to working with municipalities and the province to make the necessary investments to ensure that if and when another flood happens, we are fully prepared,” he added. “We need to invest in our infrastructure now.”

Trudeau also announced plans to spend $1.5-million on public transit in the city.

He made the announcement before a meeting with Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

All three party leaders are in Calgary in advance of a key leader’s debate on the economy on Thursday.

Many say the debate will be a crucial one for Trudeau, who has been on the defensive over his plan to run three years of deficits – even after figures show the government posted a 1.9-billion-dollar surplus in the 2014-15 fiscal year.

 – With files from The Canadian Press

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