Harper Government Celebrates Significant Progress Made on Vernon Accessibility Ramp

Vernon Library

Vernon ON, February 24, 2011 – Jobs and economic growth continue to be created by Canada’s Economic Action Plan announced Pierre Poilievre, MP for Nepean-Carleton.  Poilievre was in Vernon today with Minister Jason Kenney, Councillor Doug Thompson and Jim Bennett, Vice Chair of the Ottawa Public Library, to tour the construction site and celebrate the significant progress made on the accessibility ramp for the Vernon Library branch.

“Our government’s top priority is the economy, which is why we are continuing to implement Canada’s Economic Action Plan,” said Poilievre. “These upgrades to the Vernon Library have created local jobs and economic growth, and will improve the lives of residents in the area so that Canadian families continue to prosper for years to come.” Kenney added, “Projects like these reaffirm our goal of creating jobs now, when they are needed most, while positioning Canada for long-term economic success.”

The accessibility ramp, which will cost $150,000, will improve access to the Vernon Library which is the City’s second oldest building – in 1882 the building was the village’s one-room schoolhouse. This branch is also the city’s most southerly location. The project is well underway as the contractors have just completed the second pouring of cement for the ramp. The project is expected to be complete by March 31, 2011.

The Harper Government is demonstrating the job creation and benefits of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. MP Poilievre’s visit to the Vernon Library is just one of over eighty events happening across the country today.

The Harper government is committed to stimulating the economy through the creation of jobs. Canada’s Economic Action Plan continues to create jobs and economic growth with more than 26,000 job-creating projects underway or completed from coast to coast to coast.

The results are clear: Since July 2009 Canada’s economy has created over 460,000 new jobs and the economy has grown for five straight quarters.

“The economic recovery is still fragile,” said Poilievre. “That is why we must stay on track and continue to focus on the economy.”

Canada’s Economic Action Plan provides close to $16 billion to modernize a broad range of infrastructure including roads, bridges, public transit, parks and water treatment facilities, and to support home ownership, help stimulate the housing sector and improve housing across Canada. All funding for Economic Action Plan projects is split three ways between the Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments.

To learn more about Canada’s Economic Action Plan, visit