SURREY – The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., Minister of National Revenue and MP for Delta—Richmond East was joined today by B.C.’s Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone, and TransLink board chair Marcella Szel to mark completion of the accessibility and safety upgrades at the Scott Road SkyTrain Station.
Thanks to the recent upgrades to the bus exchange and parking lot completed over the last year, station access is safer and easier for customers who travel by car and bus. Accessibility has also been markedly improved following the installation of the elevator at the west-side of the station in the spring of 2012.
The completed upgrades are the result of a successful partnership between the Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia and TransLink, working to improve access to transit throughout the region.
The cost of the Scott Road Station upgrades was $6.9 million, of which $2.02 million was provided by the Government of Canada through the Building Canada Fund, $4 million from the Government of British Columbia, and the remainder was provided by TransLink.
Scott Road Station is the first of seven stations on the Expo Line to be upgraded by TransLink with funding from the federal and provincial governments. These upgrades will ensure the rapid transit system meets the needs of passengers and the region for years to come.
The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Minister of National Revenue “Our Government is pleased to have invested in upgrades at the Scott Road Station that will make the SkyTrain system safer and more user-friendly. We have made significant investments in public transit across the Lower Mainland, while creating jobs and economic growth in the region.” TBC
Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure “The government of B.C. is pleased to work in partnership with the Government of Canada and TransLink to meet the demands of Metro Vancouver’s growing population. Safe and reliable infrastructure is the backbone of a robust and vibrant region. The upgrades at Scott Road Station improve safety and accessibility for Translink passengers and adds to Vancouver’s world-class transportation system.”
Marcella Szel, Board Chair, TransLink
“The upgrades at Scott Road Station and future upgrades to Surrey-Central Station help us improve connections to public transit in one of the fastest growing parts of the region. They allow us to continue meeting the needs of the thousands of customers who use the station daily and the additional 300,000 people that are expected in Surrey between now and 2046.”
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June 23, 2014 - Delta, British Columbia - Department of Canadian Heritage
On behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., MP for Delta-Richmond East and Minister of National Revenue, today announced $50,000 in funding to Cycling Canada Cyclisme to support the hosting of the White Spot/Delta UCI Road Race in Delta on July 6, 2014.
* The White Spot/Delta UCI Road Race is the only road cycling race in British Columbia that is sanctioned by the International Cycling Union (UCI).
* The Government of Canada is contributing approximately $4.5 million to Cycling Canada Cyclisme in 2014-2015 through Sport Canada's Sport Support Program.
* In 2013-2014, the Government of Canada contributed approximately $1,036,000 through Sport Canada's Athlete Assistance Program and supported 98 cycling athletes (able-bodied and para-athletes) with living, training, tuition, and special needs expenses.
* Cycling Canada Cyclisme is the national governing body for cycling in Canada. It has a mission to pursue world class results by leading high-performance programs and enabling the development of athletes.
"Hosting international sport events in Canada is of great benefit to our athletes. The White Spot/Delta UCI Road Race will provide Canadian cyclists with a fantastic opportunity to race against top international competitors. We are proud to support Cycling Canada Cyclisme in hosting this event."
-The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)
"This event offers an opportunity for our top Canadian cycling athletes to compete on home soil in front of enthusiastic Canadian fans, while bringing a welcome economic boost to Delta and the surrounding area. I wish much success to everyone taking part and congratulate Cycling Canada Cyclisme, the Corporation of Delta, and all of the volunteers working to make Tour de Delta weekend a continued success."
-The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., MP for Delta-Richmond East and Minister of National Revenue
"The funding for the event supports our strategic goals of developing cycling in Canada and, in particular, the women's road cycling program as a key priority area. Women's road cycling will benefit greatly from this additional support and resources from Sport Canada. Road cycling is an area where we believe Canada is, and can be, competitive internationally, and having a UCI-accredited race in Canada which provides important international qualification points allows more Canadian athletes to participate. When you combine that with 'home-field' advantage, it allows our cyclists the opportunity to maximize qualify points."
Throughout history, Canadians have bravely fought tyranny and evil around the world to stand for what is principled and just. As this year marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, our Government remains committed to recognizing Canada's proud military history.
June 6, 1944, known as D-Day, was a pivotal moment in history and one of Canada's most significant and successful military engagements. On that day, Canadian and Allied troops stormed the German defences on the beaches of Normandy. Against difficult odds, Canadian forces advanced further than any of their Allies. Canada played an integral role in the success of the D-Day landings but victory came at a significant cost, with 340 Canadians giving their lives, 574 wounded and 47 taken as prisoners.
Canadians continued to play an important role in the Normandy campaign and the struggle to liberate France. In all, Canadians suffered the most casualties of any division in the British Army Group during the Battle of Normandy with more than 5,000 making the ultimate sacrifice and losing their lives.
Through their brave and sacrificial service, they turned the tide of the Second World War and ultimately helped liberate Europe from Nazi tyranny.
Today, we cherish Canadian values of freedom, democracy and rule of law - values for which they fought and died.
To commemorate this important historical milestone Prime Minister Stephen Harper led a Canadian delegation to France to participate in events commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day. And, in honour of their tremendous service and contributions during the Second World War, all Canadian Veterans of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy were made eligible for travel assistance to attend the 70th anniversary commemorative events in France. Canadians from coast to coast to coast also joined in, honouring our Veterans by participating in local events paying tribute to their legacy.
Canada's men and women in uniform have served, and continue to serve, valiantly. On this occasion, we remember the tremendous service and sacrifices of all Canada's Veterans.