A PC Government will use local expertise to protect our covered bridges

Platform16 September 2018

St. Martins, NB:  Today Blaine Higgs identified a win-win situation for New Brunswickers that will stop the needless destruction of our covered bridges and give us an opportunity to support local business at the same time.

“The Gallant Liberals have stood by and allowed these valued parts of our heritage to be destroyed,” says Blaine Higgs, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick. “We have world-class expertise in cost-effective timber structure construction right here in New Brunswick. As long as that’s the case, there is no excuse for a bailey bridge made of steel.”

Today Mr. Higgs toured the damaged timber bridge and bailey bridge at St. Martins with executives from Wood Research and Development, an international company whose Canadian head office is located in Lower Cape, New Brunswick.

Mr. Higgs committed to:

Protecting our province’s covered bridges, as an important part of our rural transportation infrastructure and tourism value proposition.

Insisting on using New Brunswick businesses for government work whenever possible.

Designing government contracts with New Brunswick products and services in mind.

New Brunswick’s covered bridges are on the National Trust for Canada’s 2018 Top 10 Endangered Places list – which identifies historic places at risk due to neglect or lack of funding.

“In 1953 we had 340 covered bridges. Today there are only 58. With every bridge we lose, we are also losing our connection to our past,” says Higgs. “We won’t needlessly lose any more of these bridges. Not on my watch.”